Par-L5-Assigment - 1 2 3 4 5 Critical Thinking and Writing p 361 At the very least it is prudent for the paralegal to advise the potential client that

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Critical Thinking and Writing p. 361 1.) At the very least, it is prudent for the paralegal to advise the potential client that paralegals are not lawyers, and that only lawyers can give legal advice. Also, anything said to the paralegal may not be subject to attorney-client privilege. The prospective client may want a quick answer to the question, “do I have a case?” The answer requires a legal analysis that only the attorney can make. The attorney employer probably does not want to be bothered with most such early contacts but also does not want to lose a good case. 2.) Any contact that a paralegal has with a client, or prospective client, constitutes an interview. It may involve limited contact, such as a screening interview, or an in depth initial fact gathering interview. A screening interview is Limited contact with a prospective new client. The initial contact is filled with potential landmines. 3.) If the paralegal solicits too much information or the prospective new client volunteers too much information, an implied attorney client relationship may be created. If too little information has been obtained, the attorney will not have enough information to decide if he or she wants to talk to the potential client. Therefore, the paralegal or receptionist has to decide how much information to take and how much information to give. 4.) Yes an attorney has a duty to keep the clients name or names confidential.

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