Arizona Association of
Independent Paralegals

Welcome to the site of Arizona Association
of Independent Paralegals (AAIP). The largest
voluntary organization of Certified Legal
Document Preparers (CLDP) Professionals in Arizona.
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Our Mission

Our mission at AAIP is to advance the practice of the independent Arizona paralegal in providing document preparation and other related services to Arizona citizens; to inform the public of the choices available in handling their legal affairs simply and affordably; and to oppose efforts by any person or entity to restrict these rights. The Arizona Association of Independent Paralegals is dedicated to the principal that the law is created by the people and for the people, and that the Arizona citizens have the right to retain and employ a person of their choice to assist them in the preparation of their legal documents.

Brief History

Prior to 1985, Arizona had a law in its Arizona Revised Statutes containing proscriptions regarding the practice of law without attorney supervision, in any of its facets, including legal document preparation. This “Unauthorized Practice of Law” or “UPL” statute carried criminal penalties and included a sunset provision for 1985 if the Arizona legislature failed to renew the law. After the law lapsed in 1985, independent paralegals began opening document preparation businesses throughout Arizona. The Arizona public embraced the new profession as it desperately needed access to legal services at reasonable pricing when self-representation was feasible.


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