LDA’s provide a low-cost alternative to hiring a lawyer for routine court paperwork. Usually, when you retain a lawyer you will be asked for a sum of money as a retainer. Also lawyers generally calculate their time spent on your documents by the hour or portion. Each document has an approximate time in which the lawyer will bill for that particular legal document. LDAs often charge one flat rate.
The National Federation of Paralegal Associations defines a paralegal as “…a person qualified through education, training or work experience, to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. Paralegals may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or court authority to perform this work.” Paralegals adhere to recognized ethical standard sand rules of professional responsibility.
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