People facing divorce no longer have to navigate the system alone, nor deplete limited financial resources on traditional representation by an attorney. You also do not have to risk using one of the unlicensed and uninsured document preparers to draw up your divorce papers. Tracy Swanlund, paralegal with the Gourley Law Group since 2004, is one of the first Limited Licensed Legal Technicians licensed by the Washington State Bar Association in Family Law.
What is a Limited License Legal Technician?
Washington is the first state in the country to offer an affordable legal support option to help meet the needs of those unable to afford the services of an attorney. Legal Technicians, also known as Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT), are currently trained and licensed to advise and assist people going through divorce, child custody, and other family-law matters in Washington State. They can consult and advise, complete and file necessary court documents, help with court scheduling, and support a client navigating the often-confusing, legal system. A LLLT compared to an attorney, is like a nurse practitioner compared to a medical doctor; both are well-trained, qualified and competent professionals who provide you with the help you need.
What is the Difference Between a Limited License Legal Technician and an Attorney?
Legal Technicians are limited in performing the role of an attorney in three primary ways:
- They cannot represent clients in court.
- They cannot negotiate on behalf of a client.
- They can only prepare legal documents that have been approved by the Washington State Bar Association.
A LLLT can lead you from initiation of divorce to completion. They will prepare the legal documents necessary to finalize a divorce with the court, but you will be required to present the completed documents to the court yourself.
If your spouse retains an attorney, an LLLT is not allowed to discuss your case or negotiate with the attorney on your behalf. If the services you require exceed the authority of the LLLT, or the LLLT determines it is in your best interest, you should be advised to seek the advice of a family law attorney.
What do LLLT services cost?
Gourley Law Group offers the following LLLT services at the flat fees specified:
- Divorce without children: $550
- Divorce with children: $850
- Petitions for child support: $350
- Child support modifications: $350
- Parenting plan modifications: $350
- Motions for contempt of family law orders: $350
- Motions for temporary orders $150
The above fees are for basic consultation and document preparation only. Please note that court fees and costs are not included.
In the event that your divorce becomes contentious, or multiple and significant modifications are being requested, we reserve the right to convert to an hourly fee for such additional work. Court appearances, attorney advice, or legal representation is NOT included in any LLLT flat fees, as these are outside the scope of a Limited License Legal Technician’s purview.
If you live in Western Washington State and are in need of LLLT services, or the advice of the best family lawyers in Snohomish, contact The Gourley Law Group at (360) 323-2885 today.
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