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SLOW TRANSFORMATION - In August, Arizona and Utah became the first U.S. jurisdictions to relax restrictions around the practice of law. Specifically, Arizona approved outside ownership of law firms, while Utah launched a regulatory sandbox pilot program allowing nonlawyers to offer certain legal services. But the legal industry has never been known for its lightning-fast evolution, so these developments are unlikely to cause a sea change in 2021. Still, as Law.com’s Rhys Dipshan reports, some experts see Utah and Arizona as the first steps in a long-term shift that will change the legal services playing field forever.

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