Michael Mendenhall
Legal Document Preparation
Notary Public
69 B Soledad Drive
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 375-8600
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About me
I am a Legal Document Assistant. This designation began in 2000 with the passage of new California legislation in 1998. Until that time, those providing legal document preparation services directly to the public were commonly called "independent paralegals." Legislation was later passed stating that a paralegal must work for an attorney and has different legal requirements. Anyone who refers to himself or herself as a "paralegal" must work for an attorney. If you are not an attorney, you cannot hire a paralegal. You can only hire a Legal Document Assistant. For more information on the Legal Document Assistant profession, visit the website of the California Association of Legal Document Assistants.

My office is located at 69B Soledad Drive in Monterey. It is very close to the AAA office. My office is next door to Farmer's Insurance. When you drive up Soledad Drive, turn left like you are going to the AAA office but take the immediate right into the parking lot. I have been in business in Monterey, California since 1991. I have handled thousands of cases in Monterey County since then. I primarily handle family law which includes divorce, child custody, child visitation, legal guardianship and related legal services. I have been a notary public since 1992. For years I operated under the business name Associated Paralegal Services. I moved my office to 69B Soledad Drive in Monterey in 2009.

California law requires me to disclose certain information. I am a registered Legal Document Assistant. I am registered with the Monterey County Clerk. My registration number is LDA3. My registration expires 1/26/2018 and is renewed every two years. I am required by law to make the following statement: "I am not an attorney. I can only provide self-help services at your specific direction." Because I am not an attorney, I do not give legal advice, and I do not represent clients in court.

I am generally available each weekday. I am also available on weekends by prior arrangement. The two best ways to reach me are by phone: (831) 375-8600 or by email.
Some people prefer to do both just in case. If I don't answer the phone during the day, I am probably at the courthouse filing documents, on the phone or in a meeting with someone. I am the only one who answers the phone, checks the voicemail messages and reads my emails, so you can leave a confidential message any time.

In case you are wondering about the picture on the upper right hand side of each page, that is the front of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. I took that picture during one of several trips there. I investigate historical legends in my spare time and publish my research under my own imprint, "Investigative Historian Press."