About Us

Charlotte L. Ruse

Legal Document Service & Notary Public


Charlotte L. Ruse is a Kern County registered and bonded Legal Document Assistant, serving Kern County for 16 years by providing affordable self-help legal document preparation and Notary Public services.

A legal Document Assistant 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


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.

Company History

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 Advocate.

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 !

Get in Touch
Bakersfield, CA:
(661) 699-7025

Lake Isabella CA:
(760) 379-5140

Tehachapi, CA:
(661) 699-7025