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Paralegal vs. Certified Legal Document Preparer (CLDP)

A paralegal is a person with legal knowledge, training, and experience who works under the supervision of an attorney.

A legal document preparer, on the other hand, is an individual or business entity certified and licensed by the Arizona Supreme Court to prepare or provide legal documents, without the supervision of an attorney, for an entity or a member of the public who is engaging in self representation in any legal matter.

A CLDP is allowed to prepare any legal document(s) for the public, as long as he/she does not provide legal advice or attempt to represent someone in court. A paralegal who prepares legal documents without an attorneys’ oversight and/or a CLDP license is engaging in the Unauthorized Practice of Law.

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