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Angela Grijalva
Affordable Professional Self-Help Legal Document Preparation
Affordable Professional Self-Help Legal Document Preparation


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"[Limited License Legal Technicians] (LLTs) are an important piece of [closing the access to justice gap] and it’s the think[ing] around them, that we have been innovative enough to create a tier that never existed before in the history of law in this country. And there’s probably more jobs, descriptions, opportunities for us to create professionals, preferably regulated, as part of our large profession.

States with Non-Attorney Professionals:
Legal Document Assistants
Unlawful Detainer Assistants
Bankruptcy Petition Preparer
Immigration Consultants

Legal Document Preparers

Certified Legal Document Preparer

More info can be found on the NFPA website, where the association provides a comprehensive list of Paralegal and Non-Lawyer Regulation by State:

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UPDATE: Increased access for court users with limited English skills.
[The Judicial Council] approved the creation of a standing Language Access Subcommittee under its Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness to help ensure that any remaining recommendations are implemented after the language access task force sunsets on March 1.
- Blaine Corren

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UPDATE: Small Claims Court interpreters are no longer exempt from the requirement that they be court certified in the language they interpret. See GOV § 68560.5 (amended by Stats 2018, ch 852, effective January 1, 2019).

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Clients are demanding [lawyers need to be creative] as other professionals. Use paralegals, legal technicians, and document preparers plus automation to help reduce the costs and create affordable fees. - MARY E. JUETTEN

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Wondering if you know where I can figure out things about pricing?

Well... there are a few ways to look at it:
- Cost of doing business = Figure how much money you need to charge per RFO in order to make the numbers work, i.e. cover overhead and pay yourself for time spent away from your family

- Let the market set your prices = Set your prices based on what the market will bear. What are people willing to pay? How much can they pay?

- Match/Undercut Competitor pricing = check out your competitors; what’s the going rate in your area?

Personally, I do a little of everything. We have lengthy discussions on what we charge in chapter meetings. Everyone is different. Each LDA prepares an RFO differently. Do you including filing? Is service by mail included, etc. ?

Pricing is not set in stone. You can alway raise their prices annually. Start at $300 for a Request for Order and go up.

You can always run a promotion to test the market too.

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