Most of all the paper work that gets generated in any law firm as a result of court proceedings and litigation etc has to be managed by the paralegal staff working at the firm. Some of the common works done by the paralegals / legal assistants includes,
- Filing of papers
- Indexing and sorting documents (by different criteria)
- Photo copying
- Document preparation
- Witness interview
- Documents search/ researching
Depending on the type of firm and the qualifications, the individual capability of the paralegal work is assigned to the paralegal. A paralegal can improve his skills by joining selected colleges, institutes and universities that develop paralegal skills. These courses are available both online and offline. Different paralegal certification programs are conducted by bodies like The American Association for Paralegal Education, the National Association of Paralegals and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. Paralegals can also choose to specialize in certain specific areas of the law. Thus a paralegal specialized in the business sector will be able to,
- Maintain finance record
- Stock option planning
- Prepare share agreements
- Business contracts drafting
- Bankruptcy filing
However paralegals are prohibited from practicing law and they cannot give legal advice to clients, though they can conduct interviews. They always must work under the supervision of an attorney. They can even conduct legal research, and draft pleadings and attend court with the lawyer.
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