* PARALEGAL PLUS
Legal Document Assistant Career Enhancing Combo
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Start Your Own LDA Biz or Climb the Corporate Ladder!
by Ric Riccobono - Director
First, consider that as a PL student or potential PL student you should know by now that 'Pro-Per' is short for "propria persona," which is Latin for "for oneself." This is usually applied to a person or persons who represent himself/herself in a lawsuit or other legal matters, rather than hiring an attorney, thereby avoiding attorney fees. Don't be surprised when to learn that there are some attorneys who don't know what the term ‘Legal Document Assistants’ represents. As a self-employed PL/LDA you cut out the middle man, so to speak, and market directly to those clients. As an employee of a firm your client of course would be 'The Firm', but as your own Business your clients would be the general consumer or shall we say 'Mr. or Ms. Pro-Per, and in many cases the same clients the firm would be handling, except on a more limited basis and we'll cover what that entails shortly.
Keep in mind that there is a huge market for those individuals who simply want to handle their legal cases themselves, but have absolutely no idea of how/where/when they must do their filings and/or responses. This is where the PL/LDA comes in. Realize this; by taking it upon yourself to take the New LDA Bonus course offered by THORNHILL Educational Systems for LAVC you have just expanded both your value and your capabilities to start your own business and market to the 'Pro-Per' clients.
A Quick Look at the Job Classification Comparison
While the Explanations or definitions of the Paralegal vs LDA comparisons are hardly copyrighted patented information, the variation in the job classifications are pretty simple. First off: a paralegal, also known as a legal assistant, is a professional who is qualified to assist lawyers in providing legal services or litigation support. Only a LDA - legal document assistant can work directly for the 'non-represented' consumer. There are rules and regulations to follow, such as needing to have a current bond and to be registered with the county in where they work. Legal document assistants can help clients with a wide array of litigation/legal 'support', not 'representation', and at a much lower rate than dealing with an attorney directly.
Yes, there are numerous Bond Companies out there that will customize your Bond for you and offer great rates and deals. You can check them out and see the coverage and costs for yourself, you should also follow us on Twitter for some really interesting resources: at Twitter.com/ThornhillLFC. Two, by way of example only, are Surety Bonds and Bond Express. Ok so you want to know 'how much' ok, Bond Express for example advertises that their 'Good Credit Price' for a California Legal Document Assistant Bond is $437.50 for a 2 year term. With, only a 4 week course you can get your LDA at LAVC - and you should jump on this one right away. Think about it, you can’t find a lower price for a career with a wide potential like this.
Basic Qualifications: To qualify as a Legal Document Assistant, a person must:
Register - Post a $25,000 Bond - This does not mean that a Bond Costs $25,000 just the coverage.
Establish that he or she has a minimum level of experience and/or education from an accredited program. LAVC program is not only the best; it’s one of only a few available.
Every Legal Document Assistant is required to use a Contract. The Contract will provide appropriate notice to the Legal Document Assistant’s customers regarding the scope of the customers’ rights and the Legal Document Assistant’s duties. This Bill was passed for your protection.
In California, paralegals are regulated by California Business and Professions Code section 6450.
Today the rules applying to Paralegals have changed somewhat. Legal Document Assistants were historically known as or referred to as Independent Paralegals. But - as of January 1st, 2000, only those Paralegals working directly for attorneys may now be referred to as Paralegals. However, those formerly known as Independent Paralegals are now officially known as Legal Document Assistants (LDAs). It’s important to know that LDAs while Paralegals, are REQUIRED by law to be registered and bonded.
As a point of interest, many law firms hire third party LDA's for their processing needs, not as full time employees, as they only have to pay them on a 'per-job' basis and avoid the benefit payouts.
LDA Summary: LDA
Cannot independently prepare documents or set or accept fees from a consumer unless they follow the rules and regulations we lay out in our program.
Cannot represent you in court
Cannot give you legal advice
Cannot work as LDAs unless meets and conforms with all California Law
Help Pro Per Litigants doing self-representations
Prepare all types of legal documents and File and Serve Motions with the courts
Provide Litigation Support, not to be confused with Legal Counsel
For those of you jumping into the Paralegal Career Field that haven't already read one of our previous Articles you might find Paralegals vs Legal Document Assistant - LDA one to take a look at now since it is fresh in your mind. Note: At the time we wrote the PL vs LDA article the New LDA Bonus course offered at LAVC was not yet available, so you'll now see the great benefit of this career 'add-on' bonus. Also Check out the Full LDA Course Details, Summary and Very Affordable Cost!
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