NRS Chapter 240A governs the registration and conduct of persons who provide document preparation services.
A document preparation service is a person who, for compensation and under the direction of a client, provides assistance in certain legal matters and is required to be registered with the Nevada Secretary of State. The law provides consumers protections and remedies for violations of conduct by a document preparation service.
The definition also includes, without limitation,:
- Preparing or completing any pleading, application or other document for the client,
- Translating an answer to a question posed in such a document,
- Securing any supporting document, such as a birth certificate, required in connection with the legal matter,
- Submitting a completed document on behalf of the client to a court or administrative agency, or
- Preparing or assisting in the preparation of all or substantially all of a federal or state tax return or claim for a tax refund
- A paralegal who performs one or more of the actions described unless the paralegal works under the direction and supervision of an attorney authorized to practice law in this State,
- A bankruptcy petition preparer as defined by section 110 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. § 110, or
- Holds himself or herself out as a person who provides such services.
A person acting as a document preparation service cannot provide legal advice unless he or she is a licensed attorney in the State of Nevada.
Effective July 1, 2017, Assembly Bill 324 made changes to NRS Chapter 240A. Click here for a summary of changes.