The California Legal Document Assistant Bond is a type of surety bond required by the State of California in order to register as an LDA. The cost of the surety bond is just $199.00** for the 2 year term including ground shipping. No credit check and instant approval. ** Individuals only, bonds in name of business from $299. All quotes are subject to underwriter approval. 

How to Get a California Legal Document Assistant (LDA) Bond

At we make it easy to obtain this surety bond. Our simple, three step process is:California Legal Document Assistant Bond

  1. Complete the easy to navigate and secure online application1
  2. Review the free, no obligation quote from one of Surety1’s professional surety bond agents, usually within one business day.
  3. Sign some paperwork and pay the bond premium

Once these steps have been completed, the California Legal Document Assistant Bond will be shipped to the bond principal (LDA).
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How to Register as a Legal Document Assistant (LDA) in California

A California LDA, or Legal Document Assistant, is a non-lawyer authorized to prepare legal documents for people representing themselves in legal matters. They are not allowed to provide legal advice or opinion, but they can:

  • Fill out legal forms based on your instructions.
  • Explain the court process and answer basic legal questions.
  • File your documents with the court.

Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to register as a Legal Document Assistant (LDA) in California:

  1. Eligibility: Education: Meet one of the following requirements:
    • High school diploma (or equivalent) + 2 years of law-related experience under an attorney OR 2 years of experience providing self-help services before 1999.
    • Bachelor’s degree (any field) + 1 year of law-related experience under an attorney OR 1 year of experience providing self-help services before 1999.
    • Completion of an ABA-approved paralegal program.
    • Completion of an institutionally accredited paralegal program with at least 24 semester units in legal specialization courses.
    • No criminal convictions: You cannot have any crimes that would prevent you from holding a public office.
  2. Registration Steps:
    • Choose your county/counties: You need to register as an LDA in each county where you provide services. Check with each county clerk’s office for specific requirements and fees.
  3. Gather documents:
    • Application form (varies by county)
    • Proof of education (diplomas, transcripts)
    • Proof of experience (if applicable)
    • California Legal Document Assistant Bond ($25,000)
    • Fingerprint background check results (may be required by some counties)
  1. Complete the application:
    • Download and fill out the application form specific to your chosen county.
    • Attach all required documents.
  1. Pay the application fee:
    • Fees vary by county, usually around $100-$150.
  1. Schedule an appointment:
    • Contact your local county clerk’s office to schedule an appointment for submission.
  1. Take the ethics exam:
    • Pass the California LDA Ethics Exam. Details and preparation resources can be found on the Secretary of State website: <invalid URL removed>.

Important notes:

  • To legally operate as a Legal Document Assistant, you need to register as an LDA in each county where you provide legal document assistance services in the state.
  • While some counties accept a single $25,000 bond for all California counties, verify with each county as some require separate bonds per county.
  • Secondary registration: Some counties offer a simplified “secondary registration” for LDAs already registered in another county. Check with your county for details.
  • Always consult the official resources and your local county clerk’s office for the most current and accurate information on registration requirements and processes.

The information provided above is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.  Do not rely solely on the information presented here as a substitute for professional legal counsel.

California LDA Bond

How to Get Your California Legal Document Assistant Bond

  1. Complete an online application. It’s free and no-obligation.
  2. One of our surety experts will contact you with a firm quote and an agreement to sign.
  3. Provide payment and your signed agreement, and then you will receive your Surety Bond!

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