About LLLT Practice
What is an LLLT?
LLLT stands for Limited License Legal Technician. LLLTs were created by the Washington State Supreme Court in 2012 and first licensed in 2015. LLLTs, such as myself, provide important access to justice for those who know they can't afford an attorney but don't qualify for pro bono legal aid. A Limited License Legal Technician is similar to a nurse practitioner except in family law. I am licensed to assist with most basic family law matters. Learn more from the Washington State Bar Association. In order to be licensed, I am required to have a combination of education, experience and examinations.
How can an LLLT help me?
As your LLLT, I help with your case from start to finish. I will work with you to draft, file and finalize the proper court documents.
I help save time. I know how to navigate the court system so you don't have to. I negotiate for you with your advanced written approval. I can help prepare you for mediation or a court hearing.
I help clients save money. In addition to a reduced cost for services, another important difference between an LLLT and an attorney is that you will remain a pro se (self-represented) litigant. As your LLLT, I cannot go to trial or speak directly to the court on your behalf but I will help you prepare to self-advocate.
I help point you in the right direction. If your matter develops in a way that is out of the LLLT scope of practice, I must refer you to an attorney, much like a nurse practitioner would refer a patient to a surgeon, if needed. I have developed relationships with local attorneys so you will always be in good hands.
Can I afford an LLLT?
Can you afford the going rate for an attorney? Can you afford to run all over town trying to get an appointment with a legal clinic or meet the court facilitator? Legal Technicians offer personal licensed legal services to the public at a lower cost than an attorney. I work with you one on one to save you both time and money. In my practice I typically request an advance fee deposit from clients. I also offer payment plans if needed. Please contact me to discuss your matter and the potential costs involved. If you already have a signed written settlement agreement, I may be able to offer you complete divorce services at a flat fee rate.
Can an LLLT handle my case?
YES! The majority of family law matters can be assisted by a LLLT. Legal Technicians practice law following APR 28 (Admission to Practice Rule 28). I have a scope of practice that covers most basic family law matters. I can assist with divorce, parenting plans, child support, dividing property and debts (up to specific limits), and finalizing your matter.
Most of my clients are middle class working people, so I offer evening and weekend hours by appointment to work around your schedule. Remote appointments by phone or video offer scheduling flexibility.
If your matter is more complicated and goes beyond the legal technician scope of practice, I must refer you to an attorney or work with an attorney who will provide me with written directions. There are several attorneys I work with and would recommend to you. If your case requires a referral, you will have a separate engagement agreement with that person.