A Legal Document Assistant, LDA is a non-lawyer, professional that is authorized to prepare legal documents without an attorney’s supervision.
Legal Document Assistants have graduated from an American Bar Association Approved Program, purchased a bond, and registered with the county.
Paralegals do not require education, filing a bond, or registration. Paralegals are not permitted to assist the public with preparing legal forms.
There are still certain restrictions for Legal Document Assistants. An LDA can not provide legal advice and can not represent you in court. LDA (s) can only prepare legal documents at the client’s direction. Laws concerning Legal Document Assistants are set forth in the California Business and Professions Code (BPC 6400-6415).
How To Become An LDA
Every Legal Document Assistant, LDA, must register with the County Clerk where they reside. To register as a Legal Document Assistant in Sacramento County, you must appear in-person at the County Recorder’s office locations and:
In 2007, we began offering Mobile Notary Services, Service of Process, and Court Filing. We eventually added Legal Document Assistance and Paralegal Services. We specialize in Divorce, Custody, Eviction, Unlawful Detainer, Estate Planning, Probate, Living Trusts and so much more. We are proud members of the California Legal Document Association, CALDA. CALDA is the time-honored organization for legal document preparation professionals and supporters of this profession. CALDA promotes and encourages high standards of ethical and professional conduct while offering its members educational opportunities, professional alliance, a website business listing, member forum exchange, and attorney approved printed brochure materials. Commitment is given to increasing public access to the legal system and CALDA recognizes the Legal Document Assistant’s professional responsibilities to the public, to the legal system, and to colleagues. For more information about our profession, read the: Sacramento County Public Law Library’s article – Legal Document Assistants: https://saclaw.org/articles/legal-document-assistants-edl/
Angela Jones, President of Legal Document Assistants has been providing Legal Support Services and Real Estate Services, for over a decade. In 2007, she began her career as a Realtor and Property Manager. Years later, she attended American River College and graduated with honors and received an Associates Degree in Legal Studies and Language Studies.
In 2016, she decided to become a Registered Legal Document Assistant and offer affordable legal services to the public. LDA PRO incorporates a business model that refers clients to the most knowledgeable Legal Document Assistant LDA, in each area of law, which caters to each person’s individual needs. She has formulated a team of Legal Document Assistants that have different specialties, to provide the best service possible. Legal Document Assistants is also proud to offer access to our cooperating attorney network, if you need legal advice or legal representation. LDA # 2016-01