A California Legal Document Assistant (LDA) is a person who is authorized to assist (for compensation) in providing self-help service to a member of the public who is representing himself or herself in a legal matter. (Business & Professions Code § 6400, et seq.)
An LDA can:
- Complete legal documents, selected by a person who is representing themselves is a legal matter, at the person’s specific direction.
- Provide general published factual information that has been written or approved by an attorney, pertaining to legal procedures, rights, to assist the person in representing himself or herself.
- Making published legal documents available to a person who is representing himself or herself in a legal matter.
- Filing and serving legal forms and documents with the court.
An LDA cannot:
- Give legal advice.
- Represent a client in court.