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n. a person who writes a document for another, usually for a fee. If a lawyer merely writes out the terms of a lease or contract exactly as requested by the client, without giving legal advice, then the lawyer is just a scrivener and is probably not responsible for legal errors (unless they were so obvious as to warrant comment). A non-lawyer may act as a scrivener without getting in trouble for practicing law without a license.

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SCRIVENER. A person whose, business it is to write deeds and other instruments for others; a conveyancer.
     2. Money scriveners are those who are engaged in procuring money to be lent on mortgages and other securities, and lending such money accordingly. They act also as agents for the purchase and sale of real estates.
     3. To be considered a money scrivener, a person must be concerned in carrying on the trade or profession as a means of making a livelihood. He must in the course of his occupation receive other men's moneys into his trust and custody, to lay out for them as occasion offers. 3 Camp. R. 538; 2 Esp. Cas. 555.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Bartleby's industriousness immediately after his hire is overshadowed for the lawyer by the scrivener's lack of cheer.
As Bartleby begins "preferring" not to work, the lawyer, whose benevolence is moved primarily by convenience or cowardice, continually puts off firing the scrivener, hoping that he will return to the industrious copying with which he began his employment.
He assumes that when be returns to the office the following day, the scrivener will be gone; though doubt begins to creep in, when he realizes his assumptions do not have the power to transform reality.
Upon returning to work the next day, and seeing that Bartleby indeed has not left as instructed, the lawyer points to the money he had left the scrivener: either to bribe him to leave, or at least settle his conscience for demanding Bartleby do so.
Dead Men?": The Rhetoric of the Office in Melville's 'Bartleby, the Scrivener'" (2000), (3) Graharn Thompson is the first to address similar issues in "Bartleby." Thompson suggests that the story's entire plot is a "tense, desire-ridden tale," constructed around the developing emotional attachment between Bartleby and the lawyer (397).
In reference to the above-noted pelas, authorities in Braga always noted bakers in the feminine form, with the sole exception of an entry on 10 May 1561, at which time the scrivener wrote that as padeiros or male bakers had to do the pelas.
Note also that the scrivener recorded the trade for the male applicant but not for the two female.
The practice also seems to have varied according to region, scrivener, and nature of the document in question.
It is also not clear why, occasionally, the scrivener found it necessary to record the family connections for some men while not so at other times.
Such a custom was uncovered in Ponte de Lima where, unlike the situation in Aveiro, the scrivener registered retail licences for individuals of both sexes generally independently of family ties, with their full names written down.