Legal Document Assistants
were once commonly known as Independent Paralegals.
However, as of January 1st, 2000,
only those Paralegals working directly for attorneys may now be referred to as Paralegals.
Those formerly known as Independent Paralegals
are now officially known as Legal Document Assistants (LDAs).
LDAs often have the same educational background as a paralegal
and are REQUIRED by law to be registered and bonded in the county
in which they have their principal place of business.
· A Legal Document Assistant is NOT a Lawyer.
· By law, they cannot give you legal advice or represent you in the courts in any matter.
· If you need to consult with an attorney,
your LDA will be able to provide you with a referral.
· Be sure to ask any LDA you are thinking of retaining
if he or she is bonded and registered in their county. This is for your protection.
If a person is acting as an LDA but is not registered and bonded,
then they are operating illegally in California.
The Bond is for your protection!
YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LDA’S
AT THE CALDA
[California Association of Legal Document Assistant’s]