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  • Wednesday, November 09, 2022 9:56 AM | Admin (Administrator)
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  • Monday, August 01, 2022 6:35 PM | Admin (Administrator)

    Prior to engaging new customers cross reference the Judicial Council's Vexatious Litigant List.

    What Is a Vexatious Litigant?

    Under Code of Civil Procedure section 391(b)External link icon, a vexatious litigant is a person who does any of the following:

    • In the immediately preceding seven-year period has commenced, prosecuted, or maintained in propria persona at least five litigations other than in a small claims court that have been (i) finally determined adversely to the person or (ii) unjustifiably permitted to remain pending at least two years without having been brought to trial or hearing.

    • After a litigation has been finally determined against the person, repeatedly relitigates or attempts to relitigate, in propria persona, either (i) the validity of the determination against the same defendant or defendants as to whom the litigation was finally determined or (ii) the cause of action, claim, controversy, or any of the issues of fact or law, determined or concluded by the final determination against the same defendant or defendants as to whom the litigation was finally determined.

    • In any litigation while acting in propria persona, repeatedly files unmeritorious motions, pleadings, or other papers, conducts unnecessary discovery, or engages in other tactics that are frivolous or solely intended to cause unnecessary delay.

    • Has previously been declared to be a vexatious litigant by any state or federal court of record in any action or proceeding based upon the same or substantially similar facts, transaction, or occurrence.

    Vexatious Litigant List


  • Thursday, July 28, 2022 11:03 AM | Admin (Administrator)

    Legal Document Assistants (LDAs) information shall shall appear on any printed papers or documents prepared or used by the Legal Document Assistant. BPC §6408

    • REGISTRANT’S NAME
    • [FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME, if applicable]
    • BUSINESS ADDRESS
    • TELEPHONE NUMBER
    • REGISTRATION NUMBER
    • COUNTY OF REGISTRATION

  • Tuesday, May 31, 2022 11:52 AM | Admin (Administrator)

    Yes, California does allow signers to use remote online notary (RON) services. California Civil Code 1189(b) provides that any "certificate of acknowledgment taken in another place shall be sufficient in this state if it is taken in accordance with the law of the place where the acknowledgment is made."

    Can California Notary Publics provide RON services? Not yet. California's Remote Online Notaries Public bill (AB 1093) is pending. While California Notary Publics are still limited to providing in person notarizations, online remote notary services provided by an authorized notarial service outside of California are accepted in California. 

  • Friday, May 27, 2022 1:34 PM | Admin (Administrator)

    Unlawful Detainer Assistant Standard Contract.

    (a) Every unlawful detainer assistant as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 6400 of the Business and Professions Code who enters into a contract or agreement with a client to provide services shall complete the standard form contract specified in subdivision (b). Upon execution of the contract by all parties, and prior to providing any service, the unlawful detainer assistant shall give a copy of the contract to all client parties. The contract shall be in English and in any other language understood by the client and principally used in any oral sales presentation or negotiation leading to execution of the contract. The unlawful detainer assistant shall be responsible for translating the contract into any language other than English principally used in any oral sales presentation or negotiation leading to execution of the contract, and shall give all client parties copies of both the fully-executed English-language version of the contract and the foreign-language translation of it before any service has been provided.

    (b) Unlawful Detainer Assistant Contract for Services.

    UNLAWFUL DETAINER ASSISTANT CONTRACT FOR SERVICES.docx

  • Friday, May 27, 2022 1:10 PM | Admin (Administrator)

    An Unlawful Detainer Assistant (UDA) is an individual bonded and registered to render assistance or advice in the prosecution or defense of an unlawful detainer (eviction) claim or action, including any bankruptcy petition that may affect the unlawful detainer claim or action for compensation. (BPC 6400 (a))

    While the UDA has more leeway in terms of services they can provide in eviction cases, UDAs do not have the same educational requirements of Legal Documents Assistants (LDAs). (BPC 6402.1)

    The Business Profession Code pertaining to Legal Document Assistants (LDAs) is interspersed with those applying to UDAs. Some laws applying to both UDAs and LDAs while some only apply to one or the other, not both. (California Business Professions Code DIVISION 3. PROFESSIONS AND VOCATIONS GENERALLY CHAPTER 5.5. Legal Document Assistants and Unlawful Detainer Assistants [6400 - 6415])

    The UDA contract requirements are listed in Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 3890. For a sample Unlawful Detainer Assistant Standard Contract click here.

    (a) Every unlawful detainer assistant as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 6400 of the Business and Professions Code who enters into a contract or agreement with a client to provide services shall complete the standard form contract specified in subdivision (b). Upon execution of the contract by all parties, and prior to providing any service, the unlawful detainer assistant shall give a copy of the contract to all client parties. The contract shall be in English and in any other language understood by the client and principally used in any oral sales presentation or negotiation leading to execution of the contract. The unlawful detainer assistant shall be responsible for translating the contract into any language other than English principally used in any oral sales presentation or negotiation leading to execution of the contract, and shall give all client parties copies of both the fully-executed English-language version of the contract and the foreign-language translation of it before any service has been provided.

    (b) Unlawful Detainer Assistant Contract for Services.

  • Friday, May 27, 2022 12:12 PM | Admin (Administrator)

    For those who have custody cases in Placer County Family Court:

    Effective July 1, 2022, Placer County is eliminating its Family Court Services connected Tier III Partial (limited assessment) Child Custody Evaluation Service.

    Placer County will only offer Tier I (confidential, non-recommending mediation) and Tier II (non-confidential fact gathering without recommendations).

    If Tier I and Tier II do not resolve the issues, the parties may go to private CCRC (or a child custody evaluation) or set the matter for trial.

    Note: most Placer County trials are being set eight months to fourteen months out from the Trial Assignment Conference; and this lead time will likely increase with more custody trials that may be the inevitable byproduct of the change in services.

    Custody Evaluations are conducted by private mental health professionals under contract with the Placer Superior Court as court-connected Child Custody Recommending Counselors and Evaluators. Family Court Services coordinates the assignments and referrals to the contracted court professionals.

    TIERED MEDIATION MODEL

    Placer Superior Court uses a two-tiered mediation model. Mediation is required, per Family Code Section 3170, whenever issues of child custody and visitation are in dispute. The goal of mediation is to help parties develop an agreement on a parenting plan in their children’s best interest.

    A judge may order parents to either tier of mediation or to repeat a given tier.

    Tier 1: Confidential Mediation
    All parties are required to attempt mediation and may do so prior to seeing a judge. Tier 1 Mediation is confidential to the parties. Full or partial agreements are helpful in a quicker resolution of your case.

    Tier 2: Mediation with Information Gathering
    A Judge may order a Tier 2 Mediation with Information Gathering after Tier 1 Mediation, or at any other point in the court case. The information gathering will focus on areas of concern for the Judge and may include interviews with children. Tier 2 will result in a report being provided to the judge to inform court decisions in the best interest of the children.



  • Monday, May 16, 2022 6:27 PM | Admin (Administrator)

    Legal Document Assistants (LDA) and Paralegals are two distinct professions with separate business and professions codes. 

    A paralegal does not include a nonlawyer who provides legal services directly to members of the public, or a Legal Document Assistant (LDA) or Unlawful Detainer Assistant (UDA) as defined in BPC §6400.

    While not all LDAs are Paralegals, all Paralegals can register to become an LDA. To become an LDA registrants must meet certain educational requirements who of which include the completion of a paralegal program as further defined in BPC §6402.1

    • (c) A certificate of completion from a paralegal program that is institutionally accredited but not approved by the American Bar Association, that requires successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester units, or the equivalent, in legal specialization courses.
    • (d) A certificate of completion from a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association. 
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022 12:29 PM | Admin (Administrator)

    Starting in June 2022, CEB Essential Forms users will receive Essential Forms updates via a digital download link – no more CD-ROMs. 

    What steps does this change require?

    1. Users will receive your renewal invoice via email. Users will no longer receive annual paper renewal notices in the mail.
    2. When the subscription renewal invoice is received users may go online at research.ceb.com/account and pay the invoice with a credit card or submit payment by mail to the address on the invoice.
    3. For users who have multiple Essential Forms subscriptions we have synchronized subscriptions to renew in the same month. ​

    CEB will send additional information about how users can download Essential Forms closer to the June release.

    Contact CEB Customer Service at 800-232-3444 if you have any questions about a subscription.

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