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Anaheim, CA, United States, 2010/01/26 - Raising consumer awareness of Legal Document Assistants and affordable, alternative access to legal system remains top priority for 2010 board - CALDA.org.
The California Association of Legal Document Assistants (CALDA) recently elected its new board of directors, with Marcel Neumann as incoming president for the 2010 – 2011 period.
Marcel Neumann is a Legal Document Assistant (LDA) and owner of Affordable Document Preparation Services, a self-help Legal Document Assistant company established in March of 1991 with the purpose of providing legal document preparation services and affordable alternatives to gain access to the courts for consumers who choose to approach the legal system by representing themselves.
He has been a member of CALDA since 1998, and previously served as its Vice President prior to his election.
"Given the continued economic climate, CALDA is committed more than ever to raising consumer awareness of the invaluable services of Legal Document Assistants,” said Neumann. “We are also dedicated to providing our members with improved, top-quality educational tools and professional support that will help them grow their LDA businesses.”
According to Neumann, CALDA's additional main goals for 2010 include continuing to work with consumers to bridge the gap between the court system and Legal Document Assistants; monitor and take action on legislation that would affect the LDA profession; and reach out to other legal organizations to promote the LDA profession.
The 2010 newly elected Board of Directors consists of the following members:
• Marcel Neumann, President
• Carl Knoll, Vice President
• Jenny Barei, Secretary
• Carol Ludlow, Treasurer
• Lisa Dieteman, Public Relations
• Connie Crockett, Conference
• Gail Erickson, Membership
• Vanessa Watson, Education
• Robin Wilson, Professional Standards
• Tina Sandoval, Fundraising and Nominations & Elections
• Robin Schumacher, Technology
• Angie Walters, Legislation
• Ginnie Lopez, Newsletter
About Legal Document Assistants
Legal Document Assistants were once commonly known as Independent Paralegals. An LDA is an experienced professional who is authorized to complete legal documents at the client’s specific direction. In other words, an LDA provides "self-help" services to members of the public who are representing themselves in legal matters. Unlike paralegals who must work directly under an attorney, LDA’s can work with or without an attorney and are registered and bonded legal professionals who are authorized to provide general published factual information that has been written or approved by an attorney pertaining to legal procedures, rights or obligations, to assist clients in representing themselves. There are approximately 800 LDAs in California.
The California Association of Legal Document Assistants (CALDA.org) is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization established in August of 1986 dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical and professional conduct of the Legal Document Assistant profession through educational activities and networking among members and the legal community in its continued efforts to help the self-represented consumer.
Marcel Neumann, Affordable Document Preparation Services
24301 Southland Drive, Suite 612
Hayward, CA 94545
P: (510) 782-6811 / F: (510) 782-6812.