What Can a Paralegal Do and Not Do

Many people are often confused as to what a paralegal can do and not do. This article by Kris Canaday sums it up well, so I am linking to it. “Paralegals: What do they do By knowing the definition of a paralegal, you know what paralegals do – they provide substantive legal support to attorneys.... View Article

Many people are often confused as to what a paralegal can do and not do.

This article by Kris Canaday sums it up well, so I am linking to it.

“Paralegals: What do they do

By knowing the definition of a paralegal, you know what paralegals do – they provide substantive legal support to attorneys. I know, it still doesn’t really detail what they do. That’s understandable, though. The definition is relatively broad because paralegals perform a broad range of tasks. When I talk to attorneys who don’t know what they can delegate to their paralegal, I tell them to think about all the things they (the attorneys) do throughout the day. That’s what their paralegal can do.

In essence, a paralegal can perform any task an attorney normally does except those that constitute unauthorized practice of the law (UPL) (more on that in a minute). Tasks a paralegal is not already experienced or trained on can be taught by the attorney who is willing to teach his or her paralegal. If you already work with a paralegal, you probably do this without thinking about it; you do so every time you explain a new assignment or your paralegal asks questions about an assignment. A paralegal’s ability to support his or her attorney is limited only by the attorney’s imagination and the paralegal’s willingness to learn.”

To read the rest of the article, on what paralegals can do click on the link.

 


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