WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 LAWFUEL – Legal News Network — The National Association
of Legal Document Preparers (NALDP) released today general guidelines on
how to become a legal document preparer, a non-attorney who helps consumers represent themselves in undisputed legal matters by preparing the necessary legal documents to court standards. Unlike paralegals, legal document preparers do not work under the supervision of an attorney.
Below is a brief synopsis of “How to Become a Legal Document Preparer.”
The full article is now available on the NALDP Web site at
1) Learn your State’s Laws: Your first step in considering a career as a legal document preparer should be to research your state’s practice of
law rules, which define what is considered an “unauthorized practice of
law” (or UPL) in that state. To find these rules or court cases, check your state code, the state Supreme Court or the bar association.
Currently, only California and Arizona license and regulate legal
document preparers. See full article at http://www.naldp.org for
information these state requirements. Several other states are considering legislation that would define or restrict legal document preparers in their state. Learn more about the current legislative landscape at
2) Educate Yourself: While no formal training is required in most
states, it is important to receive proper education to ensure that you are providing the best quality service to your customers. Some suggestions for training include:
— Attend the Legal Technician Training Institute (LTTI)
— Consider purchasing a We The People (http://www.wethepeopleusa.com)
— Obtain a paralegal degree through an accredited college or an online
— Read Nolo Press’ book The Independent Paralegal’s Handbook.
3) Purchase the Necessary Software: Many LDPs use software programs to organize and prepare documents. See the full article for software
4) Join NALDP: The National Association of Legal Document Preparers is the only national association dedicated to promoting and protecting the
legal document preparation industry. NALDP will help you promote your
business by providing you with marketing tips and promotional materials, a membership certificate, frequent industry updates, access to a members-only web site, a forum to network with other legal document professionals,
listing in an online directory of legal document providers, discounts on
products and services, and much more.
National Association of Legal Document Preparers, Inc., based in
Washington, D.C., is a non-profit organization formed to give a voice and a national forum to the growing number of legal document preparers, legal
technicians, online legal document providers and independent paralegals
across the country. We are a grassroots network dedicated to the principle that all citizens have a constitutional right to represent themselves; and, in exercising that right, they have affordable access to efficient,
effective and ethical legal document preparation services. In addition to
those professionals working directly with legal documents, our membership
includes public policy, education and consumer advocacy professionals who
share a commitment to the principles of NALDP. More information is
available at http://www.naldp.org.