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

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Legal Document Preparers (NALDP) released today general guidelines guidelines, a set of standards, criteria, or specifications to be used or followed in the performance of certain tasks.
 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.

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A synopsis is a condensation of something—for example, a synopsis of a trial record.
 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 The performance of professional services, such as the rendering of medical treatment or legal assistance, by a person who is not licensed by the state to do so.

The unauthorized practice of a profession is prohibited by state laws.
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) 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 California (kăl'ĭfôr`nyə), most populous state in the United States, located in the Far West; bordered by Oregon (N), Nevada and, across the Colorado River, Arizona (E), Mexico (S), and the Pacific Ocean (W).  and Arizona Arizona (âr'əzō`nə), state in the southwestern United States. It is bordered by Utah (N), New Mexico (E), Mexico (S), and, across the Colorado R., Nevada and California (W).  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 suggestions.

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.


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

CONTACT: Beth Parker of National Association of Legal Document Preparers, +1-202-955-5578,

Web site: http://www.paralegal paralegal n. a non-lawyer who performs routine tasks requiring some knowledge of the law and procedures, employed by a law office or who works free-lance as an independent for various lawyers.
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