In the United States, a Legal Document Assistant (LDA), also referred to as a "document technician," "legal document preparer," "legal technician," "online legal document provider," and "legal document clerk," is a non-lawyer authorized to aid in the preparation of legal documents. Unlike paralegals, LDAs do not operate under the direct supervision of an attorney.
LDAs do not provide legal advice, discuss legal strategies, answer legal questions, select forms for clients, or represent clients in court. They are professionals with qualifications gained through education, training, or work experience. Their role is to assist consumers who are representing themselves in legal matters by preparing and processing the necessary legal documents.
It's important to note that the specific duties and permissions of LDAs can vary significantly depending on the jurisdiction. What may be permitted in one jurisdiction might be prohibited in another.