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What is Paralegal

A paralegal is an individual who is trained to assist a lawyer or a group of lawyers in the delivery of legal services to clients. Paralegals generally have some training, but are not trained nor qualified to provide legal advice to clients themselves. Through a formal program of training coupled with practical experience, paralegals develop the knowledge and expertise to undertake work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney. A paralegal is usually employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity that performs legal work.

Paralegal Duties

  • Conducting client interviews and maintain ongoing communication with the client
  • Locating and interviewing witnesses,
  • Conducting investigations of a statistical documentary nature,
  • Conducting legal research into precedents,
  • Drafting legal documents, correspondence and pleadings
  • Summarizing depositions, witness statements and testimonies, and
  • Attending the executions of wills, real estate closings, depositions, court or administrative hearings and trials alongside the attorney.