A Legal Technician advises a couple.Legal Technicians

A new option for wider access to legal services

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 trained and licensed to advise and assist people going through divorce, child custody and other family-law matters in Washington. Think of them like nurse practitioners, who can treat patients and prescribe medication like a doctor. Licensed Legal Technicians bring a similar option to the legal world, making legal services more accessible to people who can’t afford an attorney. While they cannot represent clients in court, Legal Technicians 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.

It’s an opportunity for Washington to lead the nation in expanding legal services for all.

Learn more on the Frequently Asked Questions page for the public.



Background

The Washington Supreme Court adopted a rule allowing licensing of a new category of legal practitioners. Admission and Practice Rule 28, the limited practice rule for Limited License Legal Technicians, opened the door for licensed individuals who are not lawyers and who meet certain educational requirements, to advise and assist clients in approved practice areas of law. The first approved practice area is domestic relations.

The Supreme Court appointed a 13-member Limited License Legal Technician Board to develop and administer the license program with administrative support from the WSBA.

Suggested Amendments to Court Rules Posted for Comment

The LLLT Board recently suggested amendments to APR 28, the rule that governs the LLLT license:

APR 28 C, D, and Regulation 3 

APR 28 F and Regulation 2A

Comments are to be submitted to the Clerk of the Supreme Court by either U.S. mail email no later than 45 days after the first date of publication. The comment period on these rules ends May 13, 2016. Comments may be sent to the following addresses: The Clerk of the Supreme Court, P.O. Box 40929, Olympia, WA 98504-0929, or supreme@courts.wa.gov. Comments submitted by email must be limited to 1,500 words.

Exam Results

Three candidates sat for the Spring 2016 LLLT Licensing Exam. Three candidates passed:

Deborah Aubrey

Jeanne Barrans

Stephanie Kay Luoma



*Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington State Supreme Court, or the bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, bylaws and policies.

Legal Technician Directory

A complete listing of legal technicians licensed and practicing in Washington

Becoming a Legal Technician

Rules and Requirements for Legal Technicians

Limited License Legal Technician Board

Board policies, rules, meetings, and contact information

FAQs

Legal Technician Program questions and answers for the public

In the News

Media coverage of Washington's Legal Technician Program

Questions?

Please send questions to LLLT@wsba.org.

206.727.8289