California Association of Legal Document Assistants (CALDA) Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Annual Conference

Nonprofit organization aims to promote new California professionals as cost-effective alternative to attorneys in no-contest legal matters.

ONTARIO, Calif—-19 September 2006— The California Association of Legal Document Assistants (CALDA), the only association in California for Legal Document Assistants (LDA) which assist the “self-help” client handle their own legal matters without the cost of an attorney, will be celebrating their 20th anniversary during the Annual Membership Conference on October 26-29, 2006 at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario.

The 2006 conference will offer a wide variety of information, MCLE (Mandatory Continuing Legal Education) Approved educational classes (CALDA is a State Bar of California MCLE Provider), and chances to network with legal document assistants from across the state as well as vendors offering their latest products and demonstrations.

PUBLIC INVITED
On Saturday, October 28, between 10 am to 2 pm, free legal self-help brochures and other information on Legal Document Assistants and the California Association of Legal Document Assistants will be available to the public in the hotel lobby.

ABOUT LDA’s
Legal Document Assistants were once commonly known as Independent Paralegals. However, as of January 1st, 2000, only those Paralegals working directly for attorneys may now be referred to as Paralegals. Those formerly known as Independent Paralegals are now officially known as Legal Document Assistants (LDAs).

LDA’s have the same educational background as a paralegal and are REQUIRED by law to be registered and bonded in the county in which they have their principal place of business. An LDA is an experienced professional who is authorized to prepare legal documents for a client, but only at the direction of the client. In other words, an LDA is there to assist the “self-help” client handle their own legal matters without the cost of an attorney. A Legal Document Assistant is not a lawyer. By law, they cannot give you legal advice or represent you in the courts in any matter.

The California Association of Legal Document Assistants is a nonprofit 501c3 organization registered in the state of California.

Telephone: (714) 998-8259; Email: PublicRelations@CALDA.org.

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