Document Preparation Services

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.