paralegal ch1.docx - Paralegal Studies Chapter 1 American Association for Paralegal Education(AAfPE A national organization of paralegal educators the

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Paralegal Studies Chapter 1 - American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) - A national organization of paralegal educators; the AAfPE was established in 1981 to promote high standards for paralegal education - A Sampling of Paralegal Tasks Typically, legal assistants perform the following duties: Conduct client interviews and maintain contact with clients —provided that the client is aware of the status and function of the legal assistant and the legal assistant does not give legal advice. • Locate and interview witnesses —to gather relevant facts and information about a lawsuit, for example. • Conduct legal investigations —to obtain, organize, and evaluate information from sources such as police reports, medical records, photographs, court documents, experts’ reports, technical manuals, and product specifications. • Calendar and track important deadlines —such as the date by which a certain document must be filed with the court or the date by which the attorney must respond to a settlement offer. • Organize and maintain client files —to keep the documents in each client’s file accessible.

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