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The "MDP" controversy has engaged the attention of the profession for the last year or so. For anyone who has not heard of"MDP," it stands for Multidisciplinary Practice. In the narrowest and most controversial connotation the acronym refers to the efforts of the large accounting firms to legitimate the offering of legal services to their accounting and management services clientele. In a larger and better sense, it refers to provisions of legal and other professional services in coordinated fashion. Such varied assistance includes: advice about life insurance coordinated with estate planning, advice about financial structure of business coordinated with legal advice about mergers and acquisitions, and psychological counseling coordinated with legal advice in marital dissolution or in matters within the jurisdiction of a juvenile court.
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