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.


Michelle Cummings, LLLT No. 101 
Fiori Law Office 
Loretta M. Fiori, Inc. P.S. 
731 W. Main St. 
Auburn, WA 98001 

Priscilla Selden, LLLT No. 102
Columbia Valley Legal Technician Services, PLLC
P.O. Box 432
Entiat, WA 98822

Angela Wright, LLLT No. 103 
Legal Technician Services, PLLC 
P.O. Box 81 
Granite Falls, WA 98252 

Jennifer Petersen, LLLT No. 104

Shepherd and Abbott

2011 Young St., Suite 202

Bellingham, WA 98225




Barbara Esselstrom, LLLT No. 105

David Gates Law, Inc. P.S.

10 NE Creelman Lane

Belfair, WA 98528




Cindy Stewart, LLLT No. 106

Cindy Stewart, Legal Technician

705 S. Ninth St., #301

Tacoma, WA 98405




15 applicants took the Fall Licensing Exam for LLLTs. Of those 15, 10 passed:

Kellie Dightman, Olympia
Barbara Esselstrom, Belfair
Fabian Fereshtehfar, Renton
Tamara Garrison, Stanwood
Jeffrey Kinstler, Olympia
Jennifer Petersen, Bellingham
Vanessa Ridgway, Port Angeles
Candace Sanders, Kelso
Samantha Sherman, Vashon
Cindy Stewart, Tacoma


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.

*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.

Becoming a Legal Technician

Rules and Requirements for Legal Technicians

Limited License Legal Technician Board

Board policies, rules, meetings, and contact information


Legal Technician Program questions and answers for the public

In the News

Media coverage of Washington's Legal Technician Program


Please send questions to LLLT@wsba.org.