Currently, only two states – California and Nevada – require legal document assistant (LDA) bonds. LDA bonds must be for $25,000. LDA bonds in California are for two-year terms and are a prerequisite to register as a California LDA. The California LDA surety bond must be filed in the county where you prepare and file any legal docs.
What Is a California Legal Document Assistant?
A document assistant, as defined by the California Business & Professions Code Section 6400 (c), is any person who is otherwise not exempted and who provides, or assists in providing, or offers to provide, or offers to assist in providing, for compensation, any self-help service to a member of the public who is representing themselves in a legal matter, or who holds themselves out as someone who offers that service or has that authority, or a corporation, partnership, association, or other entity that employs or contracts with any person who is not otherwise exempted who, as part of his or her responsibilities, provides, or assists in providing, or offers to provide, or offers to assist in providing, for compensation, any self-help service to a member of the public who is representing themselves in a legal matter or holds themselves out as someone who offers that service or has that authority.
That’s a mouthful. So if you have questions, please give us a call at 800.863.3210.
How Do You Become a Legal Document Assistant in California?
To register as an LDA in California, applicants must deliver the following things in person to their local Office of the County Clerk:
- Original $25,000 bond
- Education credentials, including paralegal certificate
- Photo ID
- Completed registration application (we can help you find this)
- Required fees for application and fees for the recording of bond
With our LDA expertise, we can help you through the entire process, including securing the LDA surety bond. We provide your LDA surety the same day we receive your request. Call us today at 800.863.3210.
NFP appreciates the opportunity to serve the LDA community. CALDA, the California Association of Legal Document Assistants, is a non-profit organization that helps to organize, educate and network LDAs in California. Their website (www.calda.org) provides a wealth of information for both LDAs and Californians who are interested in the services LDAs offer. The owner/broker of NFP has been an LDA and member of CALDA since 1998.