Until 1999, legal documents in California could only be prepared by licensed lawyers. However, on January 1, 2000, California SB 1418 authorized non-lawyers to prepare legal documents. Thanks to this bill, these individuals — called legal document assistants — have the power to:
- prepare customers’ legal documents according to their discretion
- distribute legal materials that have been published and/or approved by lawyers to their customers
- file customers’ legal documents in the appropriate courts
All legal document assistants in California must register with each county in which they work. In doing so, they must verify that they have the required amount of education and/or experience in the field.
“To be eligible to apply for registration under this chapter as a legal document assistant, the applicant shall possess at least one of the following:
(a) A high school diploma or general equivalency diploma, and either a minimum of two years of law-related experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney, or a minimum of two years experience, prior to January 1, 1999, providing self-help service
(b) A baccalaureate degree in any field and either a minimum of one year of law-related experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney, or a minimum of one year of experience, prior to January 1, 1999, providing self-help service
(c) A certificate of completion from a paralegal program that is institutionally accredited but not approved by the American Bar Association, that requires successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester units, or the equivalent, in legal specialization courses
(d) A certificate of completion from a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association”
Additionally, legal document assistants must post a $25,000 California surety bond as a guarantee of their ability to work according to local, state and federal industry regulations.
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