Written by Tom Gordon
Please read this blog entry from Kat Mountjoy, a board member of the Alliance of Legal Document Assistant Professionals. ALDAP is one of the membership groups supporting California legal document assistants by promoting professional responsibility within the profession and generating awareness of the profession among the public.
Kat operates two businesses, an LDA business, which is regulated under California's LDA statute, and a bankruptcy petition preparation business, which is regulated under federal bankruptcy law. A federal bankruptcy trustee took Kat to court because she uses the word "legal" in the name of her LDA business, not her BPP business. Kat's blog tells how she spent the day in court because the bankruptcy trustee either didn't take the time to recognize that she operates two separate businesses or didn't' understand the law he is supposed to enforce. It's particularly troubling that the trustee would spend resources on attacking an upstanding member of the LDA community when there are real scam artists out there trying to separate consumers from their money.
Tom Gordon is Executive Director of Responsive Law.