Skilled paralegals are detail-orientated, organizers, and fact experts and can greatly assist in the building of cases, who can perform a larger portion of the legal groundwork freeing up the attorney’s time to focus on work that only attorneys can do. Attorneys are the legal planners, strategists, and direct cases and with the assistance of skilled paralegals can focus on representing the client, justify a higher hourly rate with a more specific role, enabling them to spend more time on the client, and resolving legal issues which results in:
Reducing costs – Increasing Profits – Improving Client Satisfaction
Although non-inclusive, these are some fundamental paralegal services that can be essential to the success of attorneys and can include:
- Investigating the facts of a case.
- Conducting research on relevant laws, regulations, and legal publications.
- Organizing and maintaining case-related information and facts.
- Establishing and maintaining a network of expert witnesses and providing documentation for the expert’s opinion.
- Communicating with clients and witnesses on behalf of the attorney.
- Preparing correspondence and pleadings and filing them with the court.
- Preparing Affidavits, Statements, and Declarations which could be used in court.
- Preparing and organizing discovery including document production.
- Preparing subpoenas, authorizations, and obtaining essential case documents.
- Coordinating with process services and other legal service providers throughout the legal processes.
- Assisting with and coordinating attorney calendars for court-mandated deadlines, procedures, and appearances.
- Preparing reports, summaries, and chronologies to assist attorneys in preparations of cases, depositions, hearings, and trials.
- Scheduling and coordinating witness testimony and assisting attorneys throughout trials.
If you are in need of paralegal services, please contact Annette Bowen.
Some excerpts in the above post were used from George Washington University, American Bar Association, and the National Notary Association.
* Disclaimer: Although a commissioned Notary Public and a Paralegal, I am not an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Florida, and I cannot give legal advice, accept fees for legal advice, or advise whether a person should or should not sign a document. Further, I am not authorized by law to prepare legal documents except under the supervision or direction of an attorney licensed to practice law. No content of any page on this website is to be taken or construed as legal advice.