WHAT IS AN LDA?
A Legal Document Assistant, LDA, is a non-lawyer, professional that is authorized to prepare legal documents without an attorney’s supervision, for people representing themselves. Paralegals or Legal Assistants, perform substantive legal work under the direct supervision of an attorney. Only certain types of legal document preparation services can be performed by an LDA. They do not provide legal advice or represent you in court. An LDA 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). For more information, read the Sacramento County Public Law Library’s article: Legal Document Assistants
LDAs must register with the County Clerk in each county where they will provide services. To register as a legal document assistant in Sacramento County, you must appear in-person at the County Recorder’s office locations and:
- Present valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license, passport, or military I.D.)
- Present an LDA bond in the amount of $25,000 which names the registrant as principal and provides the term of the bond
- Complete an application form:
- Pay the appropriate fees*
Should you need legal advice or a licensed attorney we also have an attorney referral network.
In 2007, we began offering Mobile Notary Services, Service of Process, and Court Filing. We eventually added Legal Document Assistance and Paralegal Services. 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.
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