About Us

Who We Are

The president and founder of SOS Ayuda Legal is an experienced professional in the fields of special education, legal services, self-determination, mediation, advocacy, community leadership,  and entrepreneurship with more than 35 years of experience.  She began her career as a teacher,  California Court (Civil and Family law) mediator, and foray into the legal industry before directing her strategic vision on making SOS Ayuda Legal, a prominent force in legal documents and forms preparation, per clients' requests.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide self-represented clients, with high-quality, ethical, creative, affordable, and result-oriented legal document preparation services, in a timely manner, while holding our high standards of excellence and commitment to our clients. 

Our clients' reviews certified that we are honoring it. 

Maria Ruiz-Merroth, owner of SOS ParaLegal, LLC


  • Digital Marketing Certificate – the University of California, Irvine (UCI), California, 2022.
  • American Bar Association-Paralegal (Cum Laude)  – the University of California, Irvine (UCI), California, 2019.
  • Court Interpreter Credential – Spanish. SCSI, Santa Fe Spring, California. 2019.
  • D. Ed. ( c ) in Higher Education & Administration (Cum Laude)   - University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 1994.
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education -Suffolk University, Boston Massachusetts. (Cum Laude) 1980.
  • B.S.  in Special Education - Avepane University. (Cum Laude) Caracas, Venezuela. 1977.

Certifications/ Specialties

  • En16Horas Cambia tu Vida. Training with Dr. Sergio Sedas. February 18 & 19, 2023. Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Independent Facilitator and Mentor Training  -Person-Centered Planning (PCP) - Self-Determination Program. Autism Society of Los Angeles (ASLA), Los Angeles, CA. June 2021 to March 2022.
  • Confronting Digital Extremism, OC Human Relations Commission & University of California (UCI) Jun 9 to Aug 4, 2021.
  • Person-Centered Planning (PCP)- Self-Determination Program. ELARC, Los Angeles, CA. 2019.
  • Independent Facilitator – Self-Determination Program.  ELARC  & DDS. Los Angeles, CA. 2019.
  • Independent Facilitator – Self-Determination Program. DUV & ASLA. Los Angeles, CA. 2019.
  • Independent Facilitator – Self-Determination Program. RCOC  Santa Ana, CA. 2019.
  • California Divorce Mediator OC Human Relations Commission, California. 2018.
  • Behavioral Functional Assessment and Intervention Plan (FBP) Certification, Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis (IABA) Los Angeles, CA 2002.
  • Dispute Resolution-Mediation Certificate. OC Human Relations Commission, California, 2009.
  • Behavioral Assessment of Newborns and Older Infants. Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass 1981.

Licenses in California

Bonded & Registered in California

Orange County

  • Unlawful Detainer Assistant (UDA) - Orange County, California. #017. Exp-Date: 07/07/2024.
  • Legal Document Assistant  (LDA) – Orange County, California. #509. Exp- Date : Renewing.

Los Angeles County

  • Unlawful Detainer Assistant (UDA) # 20221707331 Exp-Date:  07/07/2024.
  • Legal Document Assistant  (LDA) # 2022062568 Exp-Date: Renewing


  • American Association of Mediators (AAM) Certified Mediator Member since 2020.
  • California Association of Legal Document Assistant (CALDA) Voting Member since 2020.
  • OC Human Relations - Volunteer Mediator since 2008.
  • Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) Sustaining Member since 2020.

On Going Volunteering/ Pro Bono

  • Court Volunteer Mediation.  Central Justice Center.  The Superior Court of California. Santa Ana, CA since 2021.
  • Court Volunteer Mediation.  North Justice Center.  The Superior Court of California. Fullerton, CA since 2008
  • Special Education Advocacy  & Parent Education- Pro Bono - TACA, Latinos Parents Mentors, Fiesta Educativa,  Yo Domino Mi IEP, CA since 2002.
  • Founder and President of Yo Domino Mi IEP, LLC.  Parents' Training about the IEP process. CA since 2019.
  • Appointed Member - California Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC)on Early Intervention - DDS.  since  2021.
  • Public Counsel - Bilingual (Spanish) Consultant Volunteer  https://publiccounsel.org/ -  CA since 2021.

How to Contact Us


               Hablamos Español 

                             PHONE:                               (949) 326- 6612



600 W Santa Ana Blvd, Suite 206,    Santa Ana, CA 92701

Across from The Federal Building 

Monday - Friday: 9 AM-5 PM Saturday: Pre-Pay appointment ONLY

Sunday: Closed


Forms of Payments



SOS Ayuda Legal is ready to assist you, per your request, with the preparation of your legal documents. Give us a call at (949) 326-6612 or submit the contact form.

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