When Should I Use A LDA Versus A Lawyer?



When Should I Use A LDA Versus A Lawyer?

A LDA is a non-attorney who can complete legal documents for you at your instruction. LDAs can also file these documents and forms with the court and have them served to the appropriate party. LDAs can supply attorney-approved written materials for your self-help legal needs. However, by law, LDAs cannot give legal advice or represent you in the court. Generally, it is a good idea to speak to a lawyer to determine whether your legal needs can be handled by a LDA.


When Should I Use A LDA Versus A Lawyer?

Paralegal vs Lawyer

The National Federation of Paralegal Associations defines a paralegal as "…a person qualified through education, training or work experience, to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. Paralegals may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or court authority to perform this work." Paralegals adhere to recognized ethical standards and rules of professional responsibility.


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