The preparation of an ordinary mortgage by completion of a form, or the completion of any standard legal form, is not considered the practice of law unless legal knowledge or discretion was involved in the document's completion. Dressel
Realtors who filled in standard printed forms of agreements of purchase and sale, deeds, land contracts, mortgages, etc. incidental to their realty work and for which they did not charge an extra fee, had not engaged in the illegal practice of law.
The guiding principle must be whether under the circumstances the preparation of the papers involved is the business being carried on or whether this really is ancillary to and an essential part of another business. Petitions of Ingham County Bar Asso., 69 N.W.2d 713