On June 15, the Washington Supreme Court adopted the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Rule. The adopted rule is substantively the same as the Legal Technician Rule that was originally proposed by the Supreme Court’s Practice of Law Board in 2008, but never acted on.

This rule authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise clients on specific areas of law, which have yet to be determined.

While the Board of Governors consistently opposed the rule during its development, it’s now time for the legal profession to participate and lead in the decision-making process to shape the best program possible. Nine attorneys will be appointed to the 13-member LLLT Board by the Supreme Court.

WSBA’s role is to maintain the high standards set for the legal profession while serving as the regulators of this new rule. The goal is to ensure quality implementation aimed at supporting WSBA members and upholding protection of the public.
There is no other state with a similar LLLT rule. This rule provides Washington the opportunity to lead the nation in expanding legal services for the people of our state.

The rule will go into effect on Sept. 1, 2012.

See the press release issued by the Washington State Supreme Court

Read the adopted Limited License Legal Technician Rule.

Learn more about the current status of the LLLT Program.




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