What is an LLLT?
A Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) is a hybrid legal professional. Legal technicians can perform a wide variety of legal services and provide referrals to a licensed attorney if the work is outside the scope of practice. While a legal technician is not an attorney, they provide many of the same services as attorneys, in a limited capacity. This model is comparable to Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners and Physician’s Assistants and how they are permitted to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication to patients without physician oversight.
Most legal technicians have been paralegals and must meet rigorous education requirements. To qualify, they must retain a minimum amount of experience and pass the LLLT Bar Exam administered by the Washington State Bar Association. Once they’ve passed the bar, they become members of the State Bar, and many are members of their local county bar associations as well. A legal technician can have varying degrees of experience, both in regard to total years in practice and within certain practice areas. It is wise to “shop around” when considering your options for obtaining such services.
Washington State Legal Technician Services
Our services include legal advice, preparation of mandatory forms needed for action; and procedural assistance, such as filing and arranging for process service of documents.
Empower Family Law charges flat fees for all services, so you will know all costs up-front. We give you the peace of mind of knowing that you won’t receive a monthly bill based on an hourly rate for an unknown number of hours of work—one less stressor as you progress through your family law action.
Lesli Ashley is the legal technician for Empower Family Law, and she helps parties reach agreement in their divorce or other family law matter by serving as mediator. While serving as a mediator, she cannot represent either party or partner. Her mediator fees are $150.00 an hour. Sliding fees are available with income verification.
Lesli practices facilitative mediation. This is for partners who communicate fairly well, have balanced power in their relationship, and are comfortable with moderate risk. She sits down with both partners, helps them communicate, and guides them to agreement. She has completed 60 hours of mediation training with the Northwest Mediation Center. She has been working in civil litigation for 25 years and is licensed as a Limited License Legal Technician.
Empower Family Law provides mediation in following areas:
- Unrepresented party mediation [as the mediator Lesli cannot represent either party directly.]
- Parenting Plan/Residential Schedule
- Decision Making Disputes
- Child Support
- Paternity Actions
- Dissolution/Legal separation