TIMELYLEGAL DOCUMENT PREPARATION
Document Prep Arizona is a Certified Legal Document Preparation (CLDP) Service in the state of Arizona. Our skilled document preparer team has years of experience in drafting pleadings and preparing Arizona Divorce documents, Wills, Living trusts, Powers of attorney, Child support modification documents, incorporations, LLCs, Paternity, Probate, and much more.
Why choose Document Prep Arizona?
There is a common saying that a legal document is only worth the paper it’s written. If your court case is at its initial stages of the litigation process and relatively straightforward, it is probably not worth paying a lawyer to do simple documenting tasks. Rather you may benefit from working with a certified legal document preparer in Arizona.
Most court cases require the filing of pleadings, notices, and other legal forms. Particularly if your case is not contentious, drafting required documents is even easier and does not need much legal analysis. After all, if you decide to hire a document preparer, you won’t have to pay expensive fees for an attorney to handle legal documentation for you. At DPA, we will prepare fully-customized legal documents necessary for your case and make sure they are timely filed in court.
We provide affordable legal documentation services in a wide variety of legal matters with over 50+ different types of legal documents.
Affordable fees and prompt results!
Not everyone can pay an attorney $350 per hour. The average cost of legal assistance from an attorney in Arizona is often more than most people can afford. Here’s where the services of a legal document preparer can be useful.
Legal document preparers are a low-cost alternative for much-needed legal document help. They charge much less than attorneys. A certified legal document preparer (CLDP) is a non-lawyer who is certified to help prepare legal documents for people who do have a lawyer to represent them. To become a licensed legal document preparer, one needs to pass a background and fingerprint check, sit for an examination, and have at least two years of law-related work experience and/or 24 credits of law-related education.
Most Arizona-certified legal document preparation providers are paralegal professionals. However, unlike a paralegal, a document preparer works directly with the public without the supervision of an attorney. As we are not lawyers, we cannot give legal advice. Legal advice may only be given by a qualified attorney. LDPs can do functions that most lawyers do except representing you in court. But we can draft legal documents, correspondence, and pleadings, give you general factual information about your legal rights and help you navigate through complex court procedures. We support litigants to represent themselves (pro se) in uncontested legal matters.
What a certified legal document preparer CAN do:
- Prepare legal forms and documents without supervision from an attorney.
- File and arrange for the service of documents
What a certified legal document preparer CAN NOT do:
- Give legal advice, opinions, and recommendations.
- Have protected and privileged communications with clients.
- Represent clients in court
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How Legal Document Preparation Works
An Arizona Certified Legal Document Preparer, AZCLDP, is certified by the Arizona Supreme Court to provide legal document services to the public without the supervision of an attorney. CLDPs must meet educational, work history, background check, and continuing legal education requirements to maintain certification. Bringing you the tools necessary to complete effective legal documents.
Handling Your Legal Document Needs
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Trust Funding Documents
Creating an effective Trust requires properly placing assets in it. We are here to help with your Trust funding and beneficiary change needs.
From federal, state and local regulations, to annual reports, we have you covered. By performing ongoing compliance, we keep your business legally active and compliant with rules and regulations.
Complimentary Notary Service for Completed Documents
Clients receive complimentary Notary Service for the documents that we prepare. Sign and notarize when you pick up your prepared docs, if necessary. No need to go anywhere else. If witnesses are required, you will have to provide them.
“Whatever you choose to do, leave tracks. That means you won’t want to do it just for yourself. You will want to leave the world a little better for your having lived.”
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Paralegal VS Certified Legal Document Preparer Difference
A “paralegal” defines by the State Bar of Arizona as a person with legal knowledge, training, and experience who works on behalf of a client “under” the supervision of an attorney.
An Arizona Certified Legal Document Preparer, “AZCLDP,” is certified by the Arizona Supreme Court to provide services to the public “without” the supervision of an attorney.
It is common for AZCLDPs sometimes to be referred to as “paralegals” however the work they provide restricts to:
Prepare any legal documents for the public, as long as they do not provide legal advice or attempt to represent someone in court.
Assisting in Family, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, and Business Law.
Assisting only, as the clients are essentially the attorney of their own cases and are responsible for their own documents. (A paralegal works under an attorney ultimately responsible for a client’s case and documents.)
The attorney-client privilege does not bind it; therefore, if ordered by the court, an AZCLDP would have to disclose information.
Suppose a paralegal who is not certified as an AZCLDP by the state of Arizona prepares documents for a client without the direct supervision of an attorney. In that case, they are engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.
What is the difference between a will and a trust?
Arizona law determines who inherits the estate if a person dies without a valid will. If a person dies with a choice, they will usually decide who gets the property of the person who died. A will can also be used to say who should take care of children under the age of 18 or someone who is disabled.
Trusts are estate planning tools that name a trustee to manage a person’s assets during their lifetime and tell the trustee how to distribute those assets when the person dies. Unlike a will, a trust can reduce or eliminate estate taxes and the need for a probate court.
Does a living will need to be notarized in Arizona?
No.You do not need to notarize a will to make it legal in Arizona. However, Arizona allows you to make your will “self-proving,” which requires a notary. Self-proving will speed up probate because the court does not have to contact witnesses who signed.
The files included on the Law Library Resource Center’s website are copyrighted. Users have permission to use the files, forms, and information for any lawful purpose. The files and forms are not intended to engage in the unauthorized practice of law. The court assumes no responsibility and accepts no liability for actions taken by the users of these documents, including reliance on their contents. All files are under continual revision. If you are not using these forms immediately or plan to use them repeatedly, we strongly recommend that you check the site regularly to determine whether the files you are using have been updated.
Will you give me legal advice?
No. A Licensed Legal Document Preparer is NOT AN ATTORNEY and CANNOT advise you on legal issues.
Do you have attorneys at DPA?
No. At no cost, we will refer you to an attorney for phone consultation if you have legal advice questions. If you feel you need to hire an attorney to represent you, you should. We have the best referrals for you. Our most important goal is your satisfaction, and while we want your business, we don’t want it at the expense of losing your confidence and continued patronage. We’d much rather have your referral.
Do you have to pay filing/court fees?
Yes. Please be advised that costs for court fees, corporation commissin fees, recording fees, filing fees, process service fees, posting fees, TSG reports, fingerprinting fees, publication fees, etc. are subject to change and are not included in our document preparation fees.
Hiring a document preparer saves you money and time!
Our team at Document Prep Arizona has extensive experience in handling all Family law, Real estate, Business matters, Probate, and Estate planning. We have helped countless individuals and businesses in Arizona to get through the legal process. When you hire us you get the power of an entire legal team to cover all your document preparation and case management needs at a much lower cost than an attorney would charge.
Our document preparer team is located in Meza, Arizona but our services are virtual and can be accessed from anywhere in the State and even from beyond. Feel free to call us at 888.362.0036 or email us at email@example.com to learn more about how we can help you with your legal documentation needs.