So What Can A Paralegal Do For You?

The post, “Paralegal Do’s and Don’ts: What can (and can’t) a paralegal do for you,” highlighted what paralegals do to support their attorneys and provided an overview of those things paralegals cannot do.  In answering the question, “what can a paralegal do for you,” we maintained a broad focus by considering the definition of a paralegal.  In relevant part, a paralegal performs substantive legal work under the direction and supervision of an attorney; essentially, all the tasks an attorney performs, short of those considered unauthorized practice of law under the relevant jurisdiction. Because legal work can vary significantly across areas of law, a good way to determine what tasks might be delegated to a paralegal is to consider the tasks you, as an attorney, carry out during the day.  Still, sometimes it’s nice to see specific examples, so I’ve prepared a brief list that, albeit generalized, will hopefully start you … Continue reading

How Paralegals Increase Value

If you read the post, “The Paralegal Profession: [Almost] everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask,” you may already be familiar with the American Bar Association’s definition of a paralegal: A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, 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 performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. What does this mean to you as an attorney? It means you’re not alone. With the proper education, training, or experience, a paralegal can complete for you pretty much any task you would generally perform as long as he or she does not directly practice law. [While state laws vary in their definition of unauthorized practice of law (UPL), they generally agree that a paralegal cannot give legal advice, represent a client … Continue reading