Tips on How to Become a Legal Document Preparer Offered by the National Association of Legal Document Preparers (NALDP)

Jan 30, 2007, 00:00 ET from National Association of Legal Document Preparers

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association
 of Legal Document Preparers (NALDP) released today general guidelines on
 how to become a legal document preparer, a non-attorney who helps consumers
 represent themselves in undisputed legal matters by preparing the necessary
 legal documents to court standards. Unlike paralegals, legal document
 preparers do not work under the supervision of an attorney.
     Below is a brief synopsis of "How to Become a Legal Document Preparer."
 The full article is now available on the NALDP Web site at
     1) Learn your State's Laws: Your first step in considering a career as
 a legal document preparer should be to research your state's practice of
 law rules, which define what is considered an "unauthorized practice of
 law" (or UPL) in that state. To find these rules or court cases, check your
 state code, the state Supreme Court or the bar association.
     Currently, only California and Arizona license and regulate legal
 document preparers. See full article at for
 information these state requirements. Several other states are considering
 legislation that would define or restrict legal document preparers in their
 state. Learn more about the current legislative landscape at
     2) Educate Yourself: While no formal training is required in most
 states, it is important to receive proper education to ensure that you are
 providing the best quality service to your customers. Some suggestions for
 training include:
     -- Attend the Legal Technician Training Institute (LTTI)
     -- Consider purchasing a We The People (
     -- Obtain a paralegal degree through an accredited college or an online
        course.  (
     -- Read Nolo Press' book The Independent Paralegal's Handbook.
     3) Purchase the Necessary Software: Many LDPs use software programs to
 organize and prepare documents. See the full article for software
     4) Join NALDP: The National Association of Legal Document Preparers is
 the only national association dedicated to promoting and protecting the
 legal document preparation industry. NALDP will help you promote your
 business by providing you with marketing tips and promotional materials, a
 membership certificate, frequent industry updates, access to a members-only
 web site, a forum to network with other legal document professionals,
 listing in an online directory of legal document providers, discounts on
 products and services, and much more.
     About NALDP
     National Association of Legal Document Preparers, Inc., based in
 Washington, D.C., is a non-profit organization formed to give a voice and a
 national forum to the growing number of legal document preparers, legal
 technicians, online legal document providers and independent paralegals
 across the country. We are a grassroots network dedicated to the principle
 that all citizens have a constitutional right to represent themselves; and,
 in exercising that right, they have affordable access to efficient,
 effective and ethical legal document preparation services. In addition to
 those professionals working directly with legal documents, our membership
 includes public policy, education and consumer advocacy professionals who
 share a commitment to the principles of NALDP. More information is
 available at
     Beth Parker

SOURCE National Association of Legal Document Preparers