Florida is poised to become the next state to open the doors to nonlawyer ownership of law firms, after a state bar committee made a recommendation earlier this week for a “laboratory” based on the “regulatory sandbox” model already established in Utah.

The Special Committee to Improve the Delivery of Legal Services proposed that the Florida Supreme Court authorize what it called a “Law Practice Innovation Laboratory” which would allow new legal businesses and existing law firms to experiment with new business models.

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