TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

ABOUT A PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A LEGAL PARAPROFESSIONAL IN CALIFORNIA

THE PROBLEM: Too many Californians can’t afford basic legal services.
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55 percent of Californians who experienced at least one civil legal problem in 2020

Percentage of Californians who experienced at least one civil legal problem last year

Legal assistance from paraprofessionals
85% of problems for which Californians received no or inadequate help

Percentage of legal problems for which Californians received no or inadequate help

WHAT COULD HELP: Licensing a new group of legal practitioners
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Have you ever been seen by a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant instead of a doctor? Not every health problem requires a doctor, and not every legal problem requires a lawyer. These new legal professionals could provide more affordable options for handling routine matters in specific practice areas, such as family law and housing.

These new legal practitioners could help you:

Clearing a debt record

Clear a debt record

Wage dispute resolution

Resolve a wage dispute

Legal documents for a divorce

Get a divorce

Criminal record expungment

Expunge a criminal record

Resolving a landlord-tenant dispute

Resolve a landlord-tenant dispute

The State Bar of California wants your views on a plan to license a new group of legal practitioners.

These professionals would provide affordable options for legal help with routine matters in specific practice areas, such as family law and housing.

A legal paraprofessional would be to a lawyer what a nurse practitioner is to a doctor. The plan recognizes that not all legal problems need the same level of expertise.

Many other states and countries have established a legal paraprofessional license. In California this idea has been studied since the 1980s. This is the first time a proposal for a new class of licensed legal professionals has been put out for public comment. Here's a printable handout about the proposal.

We want to hear from you about the proposal. Learn what these new legal paraprofessionals could do and how consumers would be protected, and tell us what you think!

Why this plan? Why now?

Learn more about how this long-discussed idea was finally fleshed out into a robust proposal.

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What practitioners could do, how they would be licensed, and what measures protect consumers.

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