But telling people what constitutes proof or a case gets into the practice of law.
Simply informing someone of the definition of malpractice in the state in which they live is not practicing law. It was one way of addressing the title question of this thread. It's useful general information to help someone decide whether to seek professional advice from an attorney about a particular matter. If the general information isn't helpful to one poster, it might be helpful to another. It's no different than posting the definition of child abuse in a state if a poster asks whether a method of disciplining their child constitutes legal abuse. It's general
information posted for educational purposes.
I think we have far more tricky areas with people giving medical/dental/veterinary advice--and the thread I posted earlier is an example of that.
That poster posted her lab work, and sought, and got, all sorts of medical and diagnostic opinions that went just beyond just see a doctor. And that sort of thing goes on all the time at A2K. Are the people who responded in that thread practicing medicine?
Was the medical opinion offered in this thread inappropriate? Should people with some expertise or bona fide professional credentials not offer opinions? Where should a line be drawn?
I think, If a poster is not purporting to be a professional, who is offering a specific professional opinion, all comments they make on this site should be considered as nothing more than opinion or advice from a layman. And any other poster, seeking advice, or opinion, should consider the replies they get as nothing more than that of another layman.
Isn't that the intention of the TOS? If not, I'm genuinely confused, and I'm not easily confused.
And why is this site still called Ask an Expert? That's one reason we have people coming here looking for some sort of expert opinion.