USE A LEGAL DOCUMENT ASSISTANT TO SAVE MONEY IN DIVORCE MEDIATION – Los Angeles County
What is an LDA?
Using a Legal Document Assistant (LDA) for your mediated divorce can save you money. An LDA registers with the county clerk to provide self-help documents at the client’s request. I am a mediator and an LDA, registered in Los Angeles County. When you hire me as your LDA, you don’t have to go to court. You pay less for uncontested divorce documents than you would pay for a paralegal in typical law office to prepare, file, and serve the same papers.
What if You Need Legal Advice?
Please note that I am not a California attorney. I cannot provide legal advice. What can I do? I can save you from one of the less-pleasant parts of a divorce: completing and filing the divorce paperwork. This saves you from many kinds of pesky details. If needed, I can point you toward a vast amount of public information relevant to your situation. You can use this information for problem-solving in direct negotiations or in mediation. Upon request, I will refer you to family law attorneys for advice on specific legal issues. Then, you can return and continue your self-representation.
How Does It Work for an Uncontested Divorce?
When you engage me to prepare your divorce documents, you provide the necessary information and I take care of the drudgery. The end goal is usually an “uncontested” divorce, based on mediation and/or negotiation. I prepare the necessary documents for your signature (“In Pro Per”) to open your court file and, eventually, to obtain your divorce judgment. You avoid hours of waiting in court lines, and the heartbreak of finding out, months later, that documents you prepared on your own, without assistance, were deficient and must be re-done.
How Much Does It Cost?
How much will you save? Paralegals in law offices often charge $1,500 or more for an uncontested “In Pro Per” divorce. I charge $900 if there are no minor children and $1,050 if there are minor children. My clients are individuals or couples who intend to work things out, either by mediating with a spouse or negotiating directly with a spouse. If this sounds like you, please give me a call. 626-441-1900.
PLEASE NOTE: I am a Legal Document Assistant; I am not a California lawyer. If you need legal advice, go to a California attorney. Legal information is available here, but not legal advice. I prepare documents at your direction. Georgia L. Daniels, L.D.A. registered with the Los Angeles County Clerk, #2019060255. 272 South Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101. 626-441-1900.