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
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