Limited License Legal Technician Services
What is a Limited License Legal Technician?
A Limited License Legal Technician or LLLT (pronounced triple-L-T) is a new professional license created by the Washington State Supreme Court in an effort to improve the access to justice by providing a lower cost alternative for those wishing to represent themselves (also known as “pro se” parties) in family law cases.
A LLLT must complete a rigorous course of study, including, obtaining an associate’s degree or higher, completing 45 credit hours of core curriculum through a legal program approved by the American Bar Association, and completing applicable practice area course (in family law) offered through the University of Washington, School of Law.
A LLLT must complete 3,000 hours of paralegal experience involving substantive legal work while under the supervision of a lawyer, take and pass the PCCE exam in order to become a Certified Paralegal through the NFPA, and take and pass the Practice Area and Professional Responsibility Exams.
As the title implies the issues that a LLLT may assist you with are limited in scope and are not as comprehensive as those offered by an attorney. See below for more information.
What types of cases can a limited license technician assist me with?
In what ways can a limited license technician assist me?
- Gather relevant facts and explaining the information to you;
- Explaining procedures, including deadlines, documents which must be filed, and the anticipated course of the legal proceeding;
- Explaining procedures for proper service of process and filing of legal documents;
- Providing you with self-help materials prepared by a Washington lawyer or approved by the LLLT Board that contain information about relevant legal requirements, case law basis for the client’s claim, and venue and jurisdiction requirements;
- Reviewing and explaining documents or exhibits that the you have received from the opposing party;
- Selecting, completing, filing, and effecting service of approved forms that have been approved by the State of Washington, either through a governmental agency or by the Administrative Office of the Courts or the content of which is specified by statute; federal forms; forms prepared by a Washington lawyer; or forms approved by the Board; and advising you of the significance of the selected forms to your case;
- Performing legal research;
- Drafting letters which set forth legal opinions that are intended to be read by persons other than the client, and draft documents beyond what is permitted in paragraph (f) above, if the work is reviewed and approved by a Washington lawyer;
- Advising you as to other documents that may be necessary to your case, and explain how such additional documents or pleadings may affect your case;
- Assisting you in obtaining necessary documents or records, such as birth, death, or marriage certificates.
What CAN'T a Limited License Legal Technician do?
- Representing more than one party in any domestic relations matter;
- Appearing on behalf of the client at a hearing, mediation, arbitration, deposition, or trial;
- Negotiating on behalf of the client with the opposing counsel or opposing party;
- Providing legal services in defacto parentage or non-parental custody actions;
- Providing legal services if 25 U.S.C. Chapter 21, the Indian Child Welfare Act, or RCW 13.38, the Washington State Indian Child Welfare Act, applies to the matter;
- Advising or assisting a client regarding division of owned real estate, formal business entities, or retirement assets that require a supplemental order to divide and award (QDRO), which includes division of all defined benefit plans and defined contribution plans;
- Advising or assisting a client with obtaining a stay from bankruptcy;
- Disposition of debt and assets if one party is in bankruptcy or files a bankruptcy during the pendency of the proceeding unless: (a) the LLLT’s client has retained a lawyer to represent him/her in the bankruptcy, (b) the client has consulted with a lawyer and the lawyer has provided written instructions for the LLLT as to whether and how to proceed regarding the division of debts and assets in the domestic relations proceeding, or (c) the bankruptcy has been discharged;
- Advising or assisting a client with anti-harassment orders, criminal no contact orders, anti-stalking orders, and sexual assault protection orders in domestic violence actions;
- Advising or assisting a client with jointly acquired committed intimate relationship property issues in committed intimate domestic relationship actions;
- Advising or assisting a client regarding major parenting plan modifications unless the terms were agreed to by the parties before the beginning of the representation by the LLLT;
- Advising or assisting a client regarding the determination of Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act issues under RCW 26.27 or Uniform Interstate Family Support Act issues under RCW 26.21(A) unless and until jurisdiction has been resolved;
- Advising or assisting a client regarding objections to relocation petitions, responses to objections to relocation petitions, or temporary orders in relocation actions; or
- Advising or assisting a client regarding final revised parenting plans in relocation actions except in the event of default or where the terms have been agreed to by the parties.
For information on the official rule and complete list of the permitted / prohibited duties of a Limited License Technician CLICK HERE