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What is the Difference Between a Paralegal, A Legal Document Assistant and an Attorney

What is the Difference Between a Paralegal, A Legal Document Assistant and an Attorney

Angela Jones, CEO/President of Legal Document Assistants, joins Better Business Bureau to explain the differences and similarities between Paralegals, Legal Document Assistants and Attorneys.

  1. Paralegal
  • Obtains a certificate or degree from a paralegal school
  • Prepares legal documents under direct supervision of an attorney
  1. Legal Document Assistant
  • Is a paralegal that is also registered and bonded with the county.
  • They have to graduate from an accredited paralegal program.
  • They can prepare legal documents without attorney supervision
  • They are not lawyers and cannot provide legal advice or represent you in court.
  1. Attorney
  • Has passed the bar exam
  • Can provide legal advice, answer legal questions, and can represent you in court.
  • Can assist you with document preparation, but typically at a higher rate than a LDA.

Check out CALDA.org if you need an LDA.

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LegalDocAssistants.com

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