A legal document assistant (LDA) is an experienced professional authorized under California law to assist with the preparation of legal documents. Unlike a paralegal, LDAs have their own bond and license, and therefore do not work under the supervision of an attorney.
What is an LDA?
A Legal Document Assistant (LDA) is a trained professional registered within the state of California to help with the preparation and completion of legal documents. Also commonly known as "document technicians", "independent paralegals", "legal document preparers", "online legal document providers", or "legal document clerks", LDAs are authorized to assist consumers representing themselves in legal matters by preparing and processing the necessary documents. However, LDAs are not attorneys and therefore cannot offer legal advice, discuss legal strategies, answer questions of a legal nature, select forms for the consumer, or appear in court on the consumer’s behalf.
Instead, LDAs are allowed to provide published legal information to assist consumers in directing their own legal matters. Therefore, Dingler Document Assistance maintains a collection of self-help legal materials to better assist you when making these decisions. There are also free resources available at the local law libraries (Sonoma, Napa, Marin) and online.