A legal document assistant (LDA) is a professional authorized to prepare legal documents for a client strictly under that client's instruction. The LDA client is someone handling their own legal matters without an attorney. Prior to January 1, 2000, a California Legal Document Assistant was referred to as an Independent Paralegal.
California Legal Document Assistants must post a 2-year/$25,000 surety bond and file their bond with the County Clerk's Office in every county where they do business, in addition to meeting the minimum education and experience requirements for the job.
A legal document assistant surety bond protects the public in cases where the LDA fails to follow the necessary professional codes, breaks the law, or commits an error that results in harm. In such cases, the surety bond provides financial compensation for the affected party up to the bond limit.
Common names for this type of bond include LDA surety bond, paralegal bond, and document preparation service bond.
You can get the required 2-year California Legal Document Assistant bond for a flat rate of $250 through NNA Surety Bonds. We've streamlined the bonding process to help you get bonded faster and easier. No need for credit checks or additional information for a custom quote. Get your $250 LDA bond today by giving us a call at 855-215-2160 or filling out our contact form so an agent can reach out to you.
Before you can begin offering LDA or document preparation services, each county you register in will need to see your educational credentials, a photo ID, your registration application, and your surety bond.
NNA Surety Bonds makes the process of getting your 2-year $25,000 LDA bond simple. You just need to follow these 3 steps:
In California, the surety bond for legal document assistants requires you to conduct business according to the provisions outlined in Division 3, Chapter 5.5 of the California Business and Professions Code.
For help understanding California's bonding requirements for LDAs, paralegals, and document preparers, contact NNA Surety Bonds online or give us a call today.