In the early 1990's, Mr. Kizer came to realize just how great the need was for affordable legal assistance, a need which wasn't being met by the legal community. He understood that the solution was not more attorneys, but more self-help legal document assistance for non-attorneys. This would enable individuals to take control of their own legal matter, avoid the high cost of attorney fees, and more often than not- get bettter results.
Mark adopted the legal document business model established by Nolo Press, Inc. a few years earlier in Berkeley, California, and worked hard to provide the public with excellent service. The response was overwhelming and highly encouraging, but the satisfaction of seeing individual non-attorneys successfully negotiate their own legal matter was priceless.
Mr. Kizer has served on the board of directors for "CALDA" (formerly "CAIP"), and has assisted in promoting California's Senate Bill 1418, a bill which pioneered the legal self-help movement. The bill eventually passed, signed into law on January 1, 2000, and created a new designation for professionals who assist the general public with their own legal matters without giving legal advice. This new designation is 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)