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 Charlotte L. Ruse is a Kern County registered and bonded

Legal Document Assistant (LDA), serving Kern County for 15

years by providing affordable self-help legal document

preparation and Notary Public services.

A legal Document Assistant (LDA) is an experienced professional who is authorized under California law to assist the public in preparing legal documents for consumers.

However, as LDA is not an attorney, and cannot provide legal advice, or represent individuals in court


After owning my own coffee shop for several years in the Russian River

area of Sonoma County, I decided I was getting too old to work that hard!

So in 2003 I decided it was time to move down south to Lake Isabella onto

the family property and be a starving artist.

So while I was being an artist, I began working for Diana Wade, then a

LDA, as her assistant, typing legal documents at her instruction. She taught

me everything I know, gave me her business, and continues to mentor me to this day, though she is now a very successful Social Security Disability


I then went to Paralegal College, became a registered and bonded Legal

Document Assistant and Notary Public and opened my own office in Lake

Isabella, where I prepared legal documents for over 10 years. I joined the

California Association of Legal Document Assistants (CALDA) and served

on their Board of Directors. In addition I am a member of the National

Notary Association, in good standing.

In 2013 I bought a home in Tehachapi and opened a 2nd office there. Joined the Chamber of Commerce and continued building my business.

In 2016 I opened a 3rd office in Bakersfield, downtown, and am enjoying the city life working close to the courts and other city and county agencies, and meeting the people I only knew over the phone all these many years!

So...I’m working hard, yet again, but...I LOVE IT !


It’s really important to me that you feel comfortable. That you understand

what it is we need to do to get your situation handled and your paperwork

done and taken care of.  When you leave my office you will know that I will

take care of it for you in an accurate and timely manner. You won’t have to

worry about it anymore.

If there’s one thing I’m really good at....it’s doing things as right as

possible. I pay attention. I listen to what you have to say. I write it down.

When I do your paperwork, I do it right. I check it. I double check it.

I have a very good reputation through-out the county. References are



Charlotte L. Ruse is a Kern County registered and bonded Legal Document Assistant (LDA), serving Kern County for 15 years by providing affordable self-help legal document preparation and Notary Public services. At your direction, LDA’s can complete court forms for you to avoid pitfalls and to make sure that every important detail on a form is accounted for. LDA’s may also file the forms with the court, serve them on the appropriate parties and manage the process. LDA’s may also supply books and publications authored, written or approved by attorneys.

I can prepare most documents, including Deeds, Notes secured by Deeds of Trust, Assignments of Deeds of Trust, mobile home transfers, Affidavits Death of Joint Tenant or Trustee, Deeds-in Lieu of Foreclosure, Deeds of Reconveyance, Substitution of Trustee and Trust Transfer Deeds, among others. I have a subscription with Realquest for obtaining missing current deeds and property transaction histories. 

I prepare many other legal papers for people who don’t wish to hire an attorney, including Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills and Powers of Attorney. I also do court filings including Probate, and others. I’m always adding to my ...repertoire!


(661) 699-7025 | Bakersfield, Area

(760) 379-5140 | Lake Isabella,  Area


Charlotte L. Ruse, LDA a California Legal Document Assistant Company Can Prepare Thousands of Different Legal Documents.

Even the best legal, self-help books can be confusing and overwhelming.  A legal document assistant can provide invaluable assistance with the routine legal tasks such as typing and filing the paperwork for uncontested, bankruptcies, trusts, wills and many other types of legal documents. A legal document assistant has a limited scope of services they can provide under California statutes.  A legal document assistant is not an attorney and cannot provide legal advice or represent people in court.

Charlotte L. Ruse, LDA & Notary Public has served in the industry for over 15 years, she has provided the community with easy access to the courts and other legal processes, assisting thousands of people to prepare their legal documents, without a lawyer. Many consumers choose to represent themselves in routine legal matters and save hundreds of dollars in attorney fees.  As a Registered Legal Document Assistant, her office is dedicated to providing consumers with low-cost, self-help legal document preparation services without compromising quality or professionalism.