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Everything You Need to Know About Paralegals

Everything You Need to Know About Paralegals

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EVERYTHING YOU NEEDTO KNOW ABOUTPARALEGALS ANDLEGAL ASSISTANTS
 
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PARALEGAL AND LEGAL ASSISTANT CAREERS2
NATURE OF WORK 
Paralegals, or legal assistants as somepeople call them, work under the directiono a lawyer or lawyers in law oces.Paralegals perorm tasks that are delegatedto them by lawyers. Tey perorm many o the same duties as lawyers, but withoutlegal jurisdiction.Some tasks include helping lawyersprepare or closings, hearings, trials andcorporate meetings. Paralegals alsoinvestigate acts or cases and make surethat all inormation pertaining to the caseis considered. Paralegals identiy all laws,regulations, similar case hearings and any other material pertaining to the case at hand. Tey ensure that the lawyer has all necessary inormation when dealing with a case.Paralegals also work drating contracts, mortgages, and separation agreements. Tey assist in preparing taxreturns, establishing trust unds, and planning estates. Tey may prepare legal arguments, drat pleadings,and motions to be led in court. Tey get adavits, assist lawyers during trials and do anything elselawyers need them to do. Teir job is to makelawyers’ lives more organized.Percentage o tasks done by paralegals [3] *Assist at a trial 79%Court Filings 22%Law Library Maintenance 76%Assist with Client Contact 16%Prepare and Attend Closings 64%Fast Checking 14%Deposition Summaries 59%Document Analysis 14%Personnel Management 53%Calendaring Deadlines 12%
QUICK FACTS
• Paralegals, or legal assistants, assume a large range oftasks in legal ofces. They perform many of the sametasks as lawyers; however they are prohibited fromcarrying out duties considered to be practice of the law• The
 average
annual salary is $53,000 [1].• In order to become a paralegal, you must particpate ina training program from a college that either leads to anassociate’s degree or certicate in paralegal studies.• Jobs as a paralegal are projected to increase 22% inthe next six years, which is much faster than averagecompared to all other occupations [2].
 
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PARALEGAL AND LEGAL ASSISTANT CAREERS3
Prepare/Attend Depositions 49% Drat Pleadings, etc… 12%Cite Checking 49% General actual Research 11% rain Employees 48% Case Management 5%Client/ Witness Interviews 39% Drat Compensation 5%Investigation 23%*Te total adds up to more than 100% because paralegals normally perorm more than one task.
SPECIALTY AREAS
Paralegals usually work in a specic area o law within the organization they are employed. Some o thesespecic areas o study include litigation, personal injury, corporate law, criminal law, employee benets,intellectual property, labor law, bankruptcy, immigration, amily law, and real estate. Paralegals are typically employed by law rms, corporate legal departments, and various government oces. Depending on whichorganization they are employed determines the tasks they perorm. asks o some specic specialtiesinclude [3]:Litigation ParalegalInterviewing witnessesAnalyzing and digesting legal documentInvestigating actsPerorming legal and actual researchDrating pleadings, legal memoranda and briesKeeping track o court dates and deadlinesAssisting in trial preparation and at trialAiding in preparing appealsEstate Planning and Probate ParalegalInterviewing clientsArranging or collectionValuing and transerring assetsAdministering estate accountsDrating and ling state and ederal tax returnsDrating wills and other estate planning documents

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