The Limited License Legal Technician Program
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.
See the frequently asked questions below or the links on the right hand side of the page for more information.
On June 3, 2016, the Supreme Court adopted amendments to APR 28, the rule that governs the LLLT license:
LLLTs are now eligible to receive discounts on select products and services through the Washington State Bar Association.
What is a Legal Technician?
Also known as a Limited License Legal Technician, a Legal Technician is not a fully licensed lawyer, but is licensed to assist clients, short of representing them in court, in certain limited legal matters approved by the Washington Supreme Court.
What are the requirements to become a Legal Technician?
To become a Limited License Legal Technician, candidates must:
See Information for Prospective LLLTs for more detailed information
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:
Because Washington is the first state to authorize Legal Technicians, their practice is limited to this state; however other states are considering similar limited license programs.
How do I find a Legal Technician?
Contact information for Legal Technicians can be found in the LLLT Directory.
Do I have to have a low income to be represented by a Legal Technician?
No. Anyone may hire a Legal Technician.
A complete listing of legal technicians licensed and practicing in Washington
Requirements for LLLT License
Board policies, rules, meetings, and contact information
Legal Technician Program questions and answers for the public
Media coverage of Washington's Legal Technician Program
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