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Q: "PC" after a Lawyer's name ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: "PC" after a Lawyer's name
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: dirkt245-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 16 Apr 2004 19:50 PDT
Expires: 16 May 2004 19:50 PDT
Question ID: 331549
What is the meaning of the abreviation "PC" after a lawyer's name as
in John Jones, PC ?
Subject: Re: "PC" after a Lawyer's name
Answered By: juggler-ga on 16 Apr 2004 23:54 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

P.C. stands for "Professional Corporation."  

Many jurisdictions recognize a special type of corporation for
doctors, lawyers, accountants, etc. called a "Professional
Corporation."  A professional who  operates as such a corporation is
typically required to identify himself or herself to the public as
"Professional Corporation" or "P.C."

"FAQ10. What does the "P.C." stand for in the firm's name "Daniel S.
Willard, P.C."?
The P.C. stands for "professional corporation". A professional
corporation is a special type of Maryland corporation that provides
lawyers and other professionals such as doctors and accountants the
benefits of legal limitation of liability while meeting the ethical
requirements of professional responsibility."

"Professional corporations. The corporate form can also be used for
professional service providers. The main advantage of incorporating is
that professionals in the corporation are not liable for the
malpractice of others in the corporation, but they still remain liable
for their own individual acts. Incorporating a professional
corporation is essentially the same as incorporating any other
corporation. A professional corporation however, must identify itself
as such by including the following in its name: P.C., P.A., chartered,
or incorporated."
Source: Business Owner?s Toolkit: Corporations

"Smith, Landmeier, Skaar & Elders, P.C. ("P.C." means "Professional Corporation")"
source: Smith Landmeier

"Richard J. Catalano P.C. (Professional Corporation)"

If you?re interested in more information about professional corporations, visit:
Professional Corporations FAQ

search strategy:
"pc professional corporation"
"pc stands for professional corporation"

I hope this helps.
dirkt245-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: "PC" after a Lawyer's name
From: supermacman-ga on 17 Apr 2004 20:07 PDT
Depending on the context, PC can also stand for "Privy Councillor",
which is particularly significant in Canada (or possibly Britain).

Prime Ministers, members of the Cabinet, and other important figures
in Parliament are lifetime members of the Privy Council; as such, they
have the letters "PC" appended to their name.
Privy Councillors also have the title "Honourable". (Prime Ministers
have more - they are referred to as the "Right Honourable".)

i.e. the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, PC
i.e. the Right Honourable Paul Martin


- supermacman-ga
Subject: Re: "PC" after a Lawyer's name
From: juggler-ga on 17 Apr 2004 20:28 PDT
Thanks, Supermac, but the customer didn't indicate a British context. 
Even within Canada, there are probably far more Professional
Corporations than Privy Councillors. And if the lawyer is in the
United States, there is no chance at all that the "PC" stands for
"privy councillor."

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