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A corporation cannot represent itself in Court in California

nathanmubasher

Why a corporation cannot represent itself in Court in California is the topic of this blog post.

There is no actual statutory law in California stating that corporations must be represented by an attorney in Court but the rule that a corporation cannot represent itself in Court is a long-standing common law rule that is very well established in the case law.

A limited liability company (LLC) is also required to be represented by an attorney in the California Courts as well as all other fictitious entities.

An individual is considered a natural person and can of course represent themselves in court.  However a corporation or LLC is considered an artificial person in the eyes of the law.  As this article will clearly show, any corporation or LLC that wants to file a response to a complaint or cross-complaint filed in a limited or unlimited civil proceeding in a California…

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