A legal document preparer in Arizona is a non-attorney service provider who helps prepare legal documents for individuals who are not represented by an attorney. If you are not working under the supervision of a licensed lawyer, then you must be certified by the Arizona Supreme Court to provide legal document representation services to unrepresented clients.
There are various ways to qualify for this certification. But this is very detailed. So it is best to read through the law by yourself and see if you meet the basic qualifications to become a legal document preparer in Arizona. You can do that by reading 7-201 (E) in the document appearing below (visit that page). That is the Certification section of the law contained in that PDF report.
You must have a certain amount of education and experience. You will also have to submit fingerprints and pass a background check. If you attend a legal document preparer or paralegal course or have a law degree from an ABA-accredited school, then you don’t usually need experience. But with just a general education, you will need 1 to 2 years or so of experience.
You need to pass the Legal Document Preparer Examination (LDP) to get certified for this profession.
There is a pretty expensive fee of $650 for a 2-year certification. Then, you renew for $600 each time. The fee is $50 to take the LDP exam. Fingerprint fees are usually between about $20 to $50.
You can find the main page for Arizona Supreme Court legal document preparer certification below.