Under rules of professional responsibility and guidelines for the utilization of nonlawyer assistants, paralegals and legal assistants work under the direction and supervision of an attorney. In other words, an attorney has a professional responsibility to direct and supervise the work of nonlawyer assistants. Failure to do so can result in serious consequences for an attorney, so it’s no surprise that supervision is one of the first concerns when retaining a contract paralegal or paralegal support service. (Another significant concern is that of confidentiality, which is not the subject of this particular article.) If you’re using a contract paralegal or paralegal support service that provides on-site services, supervision isn’t much of an issue. However, just as you don’t, most service-based businesses don’t work at their clients’ locations. Rather, they perform their services from their own place of business. If you know me, you know I don’t often use the … Continue reading
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