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(a) In general. - In this title the following words have the meanings indicated.

(b) Admission to the Bar. - "Admission to the Bar" means, unless the context requires otherwise, authorization by the Court of Appeals to practice law in the State.

(c) Attorney at law. - "Attorney at law" means a lawyer who, while practicing law, represents another person.

(d) Bar. - "Bar" means, unless the context requires otherwise, the Bar of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

(e) Board. - "Board" means the State Board of Law Examiners.

(f) Court.

(1) "Court" means, unless the context requires otherwise:

(i) the Court of Appeals;

(ii) the Court of Special Appeals;

(iii) a circuit court; and

(iv) the District Court of Maryland.

(2) "Court" does not include:

(i) an orphans' court; or

(ii) the Maryland Tax Court.

(g) Lawyer. - "Lawyer" means an individual who is admitted to the Bar.

(h) Practice law.

(1) "Practice law" means to engage in any of the following activities:

(i) giving legal advice;

(ii) representing another person before a unit of the State government or of a political subdivision; or

(iii) performing any other service that the Court of Appeals defines as practicing law.

(2) "Practice law" includes:

(i) advising in the administration of probate of estates of decedents in an orphans' court of the State;

(ii) preparing an instrument that affects title to real estate;

(iii) preparing or helping in the preparation of any form or document that is filed in a court or affects a case that is or may be filed in a court; or

(iv) giving advice about a case that is or may be filed in a court.

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