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provided through this site has been taken from self-help
informational publications provided by the Court or
other legal sources that are believed to be reliable.
This information is general, published, factual information
and should not be cited or relied upon as legal authority,
nor should it be considered legal advice.
As California Registered
and Bonded Legal Document Assistant I am authorized
to prepare any legal document in the State of California
and within Santa Barbara County in which I am registared
and without the supervision of an attorney. This authorization
is provided under California Business and Professional
Codes 6400(c). California Business and Professional
Codes 6408.5 rules require that I inform potential clients
that Family Legal Document Services and none of its
employees or contractors are “attorneys”
and not licensed to practice law in the state of California
and therefore, cannot attend hearings on your behalf.
You further understand that I cannot provide you with
any legal advice or opinions concerning legal matters.
The purpose of a paralegal and Certified Legal Document
Assistant is to prepare legal documents at a reduced
cost and provide procedural and factual information
only to clients. Should you wish to obtain legal advice;
referrals to attorneys can be provided.
Any information shared
with us is personal and confidential, but it is not
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aware of those changes for some time after the fact
we therefore cannot and do not guarantee or warranty
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What is a legal document assistant? A legal document
assistant (LDA) is an experienced professional who is
authorized under California law to prepare legal documents
for consumers at the direction of the client. In other
words, a legal document assistant (LDA) is there to
assist the "self-help" client handle their
own legal document preparation and legal matters without
the high cost of an attorney. California is one of the
few states that offers this type of “non-attorney”
self help legal service for the preparation of routine
legal documents. A legal document assistant cannot provide
What is a paralegal? Prior to the enactment of California
Business and Professions Code Section 6450 on January
1, 2001, individuals performing non-attorney legal document
preparation services were commonly referred to as “paralegals.”
The enactment of Business and Professions Code Section
6450 changed the entire profession, established specific
regulations and consumer protections, and made it against
the law for paralegals to provide services directly
to consumers. Under the new law, a non-attorney who
provides legal document preparation services directly
to consumers must be a registered legal document assistant
under California law. A paralegal can no longer provide
these types of legal document preparation services,
and any paralegal that does so is in violation of California
law. Under the new statute, a paralegal can only work
for an attorney. A consumer would never hire a paralegal
directly, but rather would hire the attorney for whom
the paralegal works. Educational requirements for both
professions is virtually the same, however paralegals
are not required to be registered or bonded as they
only work for attorneys and not consumers.
cannot set and accept fees from customers.
cannot prepare documents for consumers.
cannot give you legal advice.
cannot work as a legal document assistant unless they
have met the requirements of being bonded and registered.
Services a legal document assistant can provide: A legal
document assistant can take the confusion out of the
court process for you by preparing all of the required
paperwork and facilitate the processing of your paperwork
with the court during your entire case. This alone makes
using an LDA the best choice for your self-help legal
A legal document assistant:
can set and accept fees from consumers.
can prepare legal documents for consumers at their specific
can file legal forms with the court and have them served
can provide consumers with legal materials, books and
publications authored and/or approved by an attorney
does not work with or for an attorney
must be registered and bonded under California law.
Since even the best legal, self-help books can be confusing
and overwhelming. An legal document assistant can provide
invaluable assistance with the routine legal tasks,
such as typing and filing the paperwork for uncontested
divorces bankruptcies, trusts and wills and many other
types of legal documents.
A legal document assistant has a limited scope of services
they can provide under California statutes. A legal
document assistant is not an attorney and cannot provide
legal advice or represent individuals in court.