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Paralegal Profile: Kym Adams, Legal Document Assistant & Divorce Mediator

Paralegal Profile:  Kym Adams, Legal Document Assistant & Divorce Mediator

Job Title: Legal Document Assistant-Divorce Mediator

Self Employed: Adams Legal Document Services Inc., 151 S. State Street, Hemet CA 92545 1 (800-942-7101)

Years of Paralegal Experience: 14 yrs

Specialty Areas: Family Law, Probate, Landlord Tenant, Collections, Step-Parent Adoptions, Estate Planning ( Living Trust, Wills, Power of Attorneys, Deed Transfers), Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Career Highlight: When I helped a divorcing couple who had been married over 20 years. After being tied up in the litigation world and spending thousands of dollars on attorneys, I worked with them for five months, got them out of court, saved them thousands of dollars and was able to help them work together to reach a resolution on all the difficult issues. They both were so happy when we were finally all complete. But, it was bittersweet, because it was still very difficult for them when they executed the final Divorce Agreement. It was emotional for all of us. I will never forget that couple, and I am sure they will never forget me.

Paralegal Practice Tip: Don’t ever give up. Listen to your clients. Start a strong network of attorneys.

Many of Practical Paralegalism’s readers are from jurisdictions that do not have legal document assistants. What are the main differences between legal document assistants (LDA) and paralegals?
A paralegal works under the direct supervision of a lawyer or attorney. A LDA works independently. A paralegal cannot accept compensation for preparing documents for clients. A LDA can charge for document preparation. Paralegals cannot work as an LDA unless meeting the requirements of being bonded and registered by the county.

Check out this page: http://www.calda.org/
Open this: http://www.calda.org/Files/ConsumerPoster.pdf

As a successful business owner, what do you think is most important for paralegals thinking about starting their own freelance or virtual businesses to consider?

  1. In California – make sure that they are licensed as an LDA and follow California Civil Code 6400 – all guidelines.
  2. Introduce yourself to local attorneys.
  3. If hiring employees, have them sign a “Non Compete Agreement.”
  4. Hire a bookkeeper.
  5. Look into incorporating to save taxes.
  6. Join organizations in your local community, i.e. Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Rotary Club, etc.

Favorite Internet Resources:
http://www.adamscourtservices.com/
http://www.socalmediation.net/
http://www.ethicaldivorce.com/
http://www.lamediators.ning.com/
http://www.calda.org/
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html
Favorite Legal Software: Legal Solutions by West Group
Collier Top Form –Bankruptcy Program
Fun Facts: I am the mother of four and a grandmother – and I can still ride a standup jet ski and tear it up by jumping boat wakes! Love to dance too!
Do you Twitter? Yes Twitter handle: @Kymsmiles Professional Links: http://www.adamscourtservices.com/; http://www.linkedin.com/in/adamscourtservices

One Response to Paralegal Profile: Kym Adams, Legal Document Assistant & Divorce Mediator

  1. Kym,

    Thank you for your post. I am a 23 year old thinking of opening my own business as a LDA. Your post was very informative. I am afraid, I only have couple years of paralegal experience but I also feel ready.

    Nelly-

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Contact Info:

Lynne J. DeVenny, N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

Email: lynne.devenny[at]gmail.com

Telephone: 336-582-0003

Inquiries are welcome, with free quotes available.

Meet Lynne:

Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with over 27 years of experience working on complex litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.

Disclosure: I am not a lawyer and cannot provide legal representation or legal advice.

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