Now people facing divorce no longer have to navigate the system alone or deplete limited financial resources on traditional representation by an attorney, or risk using one of the unlicensed and uninsured “document preparers.” Tracy Swanlund has been a 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. They are able to consult and advise, complete and file necessary court documents, help with court scheduling, and support a client in navigating the often confusing maze of the legal system. Think of them like nurse practitioners, who can treat patients and prescribe medication like a doctor- well-trained, qualified and competent professionals who can provide you with the help you need.
What is the difference between a Legal Technician and an attorney?
Legal Technicians are limited in performing the role of an attorney in three primary ways:
(1) They cannot represent clients in court, (2) they cannot negotiate on behalf of a client, and (3) they can only prepare legal documents that have been approved by the Washington State Bar Association.
What do LLLT services cost?
Gourley Law Group offers the following flat fee LLLT services.
- 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
Please note that Court fees and costs are not included.
The above fees are for basic consultation and document preparation only. We take you from initiation to completion of your divorce. You will be required to present the completed documents to the court yourself. In the event that your divorce becomes contentious or multiple and significant changes or modifications are being requested we reserve the right to convert to an hourly fee for such additional work. If your spouse retains an attorney, the 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 will be advised to seek the advice of an attorney. Court appearances, attorney advice or representation is NOT included in any LLLT flat fee.