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RunningHead: AVOIDING UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW 1 Avoiding Unauthorized Practice of Law Amber Howard LEG 107 Professor Thomas Noto January 31, 2017
AVOIDING UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW 2 Avoiding Unauthorized Practice of Law Paralegals are also known as legal assistants. A paralegal or legal assistant is a person who is qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity and who is performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals have many responsibilities they prepare for hearings, trials, meetings, and real estate closings. Paralegals conduct interviews, set up, organize, and maintain client files. Paralegals also review, analyze, summarize, and index documents and transcripts for the lawyer. Paralegals do all of the preparatory work for the attorney, for example assisting in the creation of documents and forms, coordinating procedures and they maintain the financial records for the law firm (Goldman & Cheeseman, 2017). For a paralegal to meet the requirements for their responsibilities and tasks there are many traits they should have. Organization, communication skills and resourcefulness are the main three characteristics that a paralegal should have to be effective. Organization is key to success. A paralegal must be able to manage his or her time, as well as manage a plethora of documents and data; these can be hard copies and digital copies. Most paralegals are responsible for gathering, sorting and storing all of the law firm’s cases and documentation. The paralegal should be able to look through the documentation and locate, sort, and categorize the documents as needed. Organization is vital to running a law office professionally and making sure everything goes accordingly with each case.

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