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According to the Tennessee attorney general’s office, Charlene Carter was doing business as Carter’s Paralegal Service and allegedly advertised her legal services on Craigslist and through business cards and was providing divorces to consumers.  There was no mention of how many divorces were provided and if there were any problems or issues with these divorces in the article I read at WSMV.com.  Carter has agreed to pay restitution to customers who paid for legal services and has agreed to stop the alleged illegal activity, according to the attorney general’s office.

I don’t know what the rules for a paralegal in Tennessee are, but in California a paralegal cannot offer legal services to the public, even completing documents, without the direct supervision of an attorney unless the paralegal is a Legal Document Assistant, (LDA).  I would love to hear from Tennessee paralegals on what they can and cannot do as a paralegal and if they have LDA’s or a comparable.

California LDA’s can prepare documents at the direction of the consumer, they cannot give legal advice, and cannot tell you what to put into the forms or select the forms for you.  An LDA must be registered and bonded in their county.  The California Association of Legal Document Assistants has a pdf that explains the differences between the Paralegal and LDA.

So, next time you think about making an extra buck, remember, it’s not worth it!

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