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  • Can a paralegal use the word Esquire after their name?

    Can a paralegal use the word Esquire after their name?
    I mean who really makes the rules on this whole issue?

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    "Esquire" has no "legal" significance. It is general used by lawyers after their name but, frankly, can be used by anybody who desires to be ostentatious.

    Wikipedia has an article:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esquire

    There is nothing stopping a paralegal from using it, except maybe his/her boss who might get pissed off over it.

    Even I can use it.

    Adjusterjack, Esq

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    • #3
      Agreed,

      But one thing to think about if the paralegal in question is ever charged with anything involving the practice of law without a licence the use of Esquire will be used against them.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by PayrollHRGuy View Post
        Agreed,

        But one thing to think about if the paralegal in question is ever charged with anything involving the practice of law without a licence the use of Esquire will be used against them.

        Yes I think that is a MAJOR point and IMO no paralegal should ever use the word "esquire" professionally as that in and of itself may mislead people and invite the state bar or somebody to act.

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        • #5
          Emily Post the modern style and custom expert says the following:

          “Esquire” is a professional designation in the legal arena—not a social title. When you correspond with a lawyer, you have two choices: Write the person using a standard courtesy title (“Mr. Robert Jones” or “Ms. Cynthia Adams”) or, skip the courtesy title and put “Esquire” after the name, using its abbreviated form, “Esq.” (“Robert Jones, Esq.” or “Cynthia Adams, Esq.”) You would never use both the courtesy title (Mr. or Ms.) and the professional designation “Esq.”

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          • #6
            Thank you BTW for the great responses!

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