Tools & Information for Legal Technicians
Maintaining Your License
Licensed legal technicians must comply with MCLE and other licensing requirements. Learn more about maintaining your license.
On Nov. 2, 2016, the Washington Supreme Court adopted an amendment to APR 28 Regulation 4 which extends the limited time waiver to 2023.
On June 3, 2016, the Washington Supreme Court adopted amendments to APR 28, the rule that governs the limited license legal technician license:
LLLT Board meetings typically are held 1:30–4:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the WSBA offices unless otherwise noted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please contact the LLLT Program Lead with any family law scope-related questions. A legal technician who has questions about his or her own ethical decisions may call the WSBA Ethics Line at 206-727-8284 or 800-945-WSBA (9722).
What will the next practice area be and when will it be implemented?
- The LLLT Board plans to recommend additional practice areas to the Washington Supreme Court within the next year or two. Once an additional practice area is approved by the Court, new practice area courses will be developed and offered. Continue to check this page for the most current information.
Do I have to sign all of my pleadings? Does the client?
- Yes, APR 28 G5 requires legal technicians and clients to sign all pleadings.
May I go to a client’s hearing to observe, as long as I refrain from conveying the client’s position to the court or any other party?
- Yes, nothing in APR 28 prohibits you from attending hearings strictly as an observer.
WSBA Resources Available for Legal Technicians
- WSBA CLEs
- Free and Discounted Seminars
- Casemaker (log in to myWSBA for access)
- Practice Management Discounts
- Ethics Line
- Public Service Programs
- Section Membership
Legal technicians must comply with strict ethical requirements. These requirements are described in the Washington Supreme Court's Limited License Legal Technician Rules of Professional Conduct.
Reporting Ethical Violations
If you think a legal technician has committed an ethics violation and would like to report it, use this form.
If you would like to report a lawyer’s violation of the Washington Supreme Court's Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers, please visit this page.
If a grievance is filed against a legal technician, staff at the WSBA and the chair of the LLLT Board's Discipline Committee will review the allegations. Some grievances may be dismissed after initial review, especially if they are found to be erroneous or irrelevant to the code of conduct described in the Washington Supreme Court's Limited License Technician Rules of Professional Conduct. Other grievances will be investigated by disciplinary counsel at the WSBA. Disciplinary counsel may recommend dismissal of the grievance or a hearing that could result in suspension or revocation of licenses based on an evaluation of the grievance and the evidence supporting it. The legal technician will have the opportunity to present their side of the story both during an investigation and at a disciplinary hearing if one is ordered.
The Discipline Committee of the LLLT Board will conduct the hearing and make a recommendation about whether or not to dismiss the case, order sanctions, or revoke the license of the LLLT. Any decision to suspend or revoke the license will ultimately be made by the Washington Supreme Court.
Legal technicians may appeal the decisions and recommendations of the Discipline Committee of the LLLT Board up to the Washington Supreme Court.
Please email the LLLT Program Lead or call 206-727-8289 with any questions regarding the grievance process.