Legal Document Assistants, LDA

We strongly recommend using paralegals or legal document assistants to help if you get stuck. Although they don’t provide “legal advice,” they know how to help you find the answers to your questions. The people we recommend on this website have been specifically trained on these documents to work with you competently and efficiently. Most importantly, Attorney Heather Reynolds hand picked them because they care about people and genuinely want to help

Jane Griswold, LDA – Bay Area

My name is Jane Griswold and I am a registered and bonded Legal Document Assistant who offers support for California residents working toward completing their estate plans. For some clients, I collect the information needed in order for me to draft most documents, ready for client review and revision. For others, who prefer to do most of their own drafting, it can mean I simply review the completed documents for clarity and thoroughness, answering questions, and/or assisting in the process of signing and notarizing documents and/or recording deeds. If I discern you may need legal advice, I will suggest that, since as a Legal Document Assistant I cannot give legal advice. I am also a Public Notary, charging the standard $15.00 per signature for my services. My hourly rate is $85 per hour for Your Legacy Lives clients. For those who want me to do the majority of the drafting, my flat fees are as follows:

* If needed, a county recorder’s fee (approximately $25) for recording deeds will be an additional charge.

I have helped develop hundreds of estate plans and welcome the opportunity to support anyone who wants to put these important documents in place. Feel free to call me (510-227-5877) to talk about how you might use my help.


Jane Griswold

Jane Griswold, LDA
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