In the early 90's, Mark came to realize just how great a need there was for affordable legal assistance which wasn't being met by the legal community. He decided that the solution was not more lawyers, but more self-help assistance to non-attorneys so they could take control of their own legal matters and avoid the high cost of attorney fees. Mark adopted the self-help legal assistance business model created by Nolo Press, Inc. a few years earlier and worked hard to provide the public with excellent service. The response was overwhelmingly and highly encouraging, but the satisfaction of seeing non-attorneys successfully negotiate the legal system was priceless.
Mr. Kizer has served on the board of directors for "CALDA" (formerly "CAIP"), and has worked with the principals of Nolo Press, Inc. in promoting California's Senate Bill 1418, which pioneered the legal self-help movement. The bill passed and was signed into law on January 1, 2000, creating a new designation for professionals who assist the general public with their own legal matters without giving legal advice. This "new" designation is now known as Legal Document Assistant, or "LDA".
“We look forward to meeting you to discuss how we can assist you with your own legal matters. Why pay excessive attorney fees for matters you can handle yourself? We can help you successfully manage your legal matter."
Mark J. Kizer, Principal Berkeley Legal Documents (aka Berkeley LDA Services)