Thursday, June 9, 2011

Power of Attorney Does Not Confer a Right of Nonattorney Representation

A tenant sued in a summary proceeding must either appear in person or hire an attorney to appear. The prohibition against a lay person appearing on behalf of the tenant in a summary proceeding must be enforced by the courts, even where the person appearing for the party has a duly executed power of attorney. Even where the parties are closely related and united in interest the proscription still applies.
Parkchester Preservation Co., LP v. Feldeine 922 N.Y.S.2d 744 (N.Y.City Civ.Ct.,2011)

Bill Statsky

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