What Are the Paralegal Duties in a Law Office?

Paralegal duties are going to be broadly different depending on the attorney's office in which one might work. While there are some tasks that are going to remain the same across the board, there are differences depending on how busy the attorney is and how important billable hours are to the attorney. This is going to offer a brief summary of the most common and expected duties that a paralegal is going to have to perform in most attorneys offices around the country.

No matter how busy an attorney is, a paralegal is always going to do the bulk of the paperwork that is needed for any case. Even if the case does not go to trial or if it is a financial matter, there are going to be briefs and documents that are going to need to be put together. This is typically done by this position with the help of a legal secretary.

In smaller offices where there is no legal secretary, the paralegal duties are going to include typing up all documents that pertain to any case. In larger offices, this duty can many times be shared or even delegated to the legal secretary. This is truly dependent upon the size of the office and in some cases the experience level of the paralegal. Many times the newer ones are going to have to work their way up to the more interesting tasks.

Another of the many paralegal duties is to find case histories for the attorney so that they can concentrate on the case itself. This means that they are going to have to have great research skills as many times they are going to be required to look through many cases to find the right precedent that is going to fit the case. Many find this aspect of the job the most rewarding as well as challenging part of the job.

They are also going to take statements from witnesses and clients and put together all documents to be ready for trial. It is important for them to have great organizational skills for this part of the job. In most cases, they are also going to do all the court filing after the attorney and clients have signed off on the documents.

There are either many ways to be certified or a full degree in paralegal studies. There are three types of accreditation for those who study this field. They are the certification, an associate's degree and a bachelor's degree. Each takes a different amount of time with certification being the shortest and the bachelor's degree being the longest. All of these can be taken at an accredited online school in order to make it easier on the student.

Being a paralegal can be a rewarding career choice for those who want to work at a law office but who are not interested in becoming an attorney. They do most of the legwork so the attorney can be available for all litigation. They can go …

The Blueprint For A Successful Career

In business and in life, it is imperative that people continuously learn and grow themselves. Learning from your mistakes is a motto we all hear from our parents, but like most things they say, we seldom follow.

Regardless of your situation in life and work, if you wish to have a successful career and, more importantly, live a happier life, there are certain personal changes you should commit to making starting today.

– The Old Dog Adage

They say that you can not teach an old dog new tricks, but without "they" refer to the Dog Whisperer, I bet against the adage and it is imperative that you do the same. The term "old" is intangible. There are 60 year olds who run the marathon; I have not been to the gym in 9 months.

Just like many other excuses people make to avoid the pain of going through the process of self improvement, this statement does nothing short of paving the way to complacency.

Moreover, it allows one to accept a falsified belief that self-improvement and success can not come later in life.

If you want a successful life and you wish to achieve your goals in business (regardless of what they are), here are 2 more tips that I feel are imperative to follow.

(1) Listen More Than You Speak

You could climb the Empire State Building and still others would quickly get tired of your story. Speaking strictly from a risk management standpoint, I do not recommend it anyway.
If you want to make friends and influence others in business, you must listen and care as to what others have to say.

See their point of view.

This is especially true in the professional world. Clients do not want to hear about you, your day or your problems unless they specifically ask. They call upon you because they have a problem.

It's great that your girlfriend just bought home a poodle without you knowing. To you, the story appears fun and since you've lived it, it's interesting. However, to clients the story is irrelevant, it's not in the least bit anecdotal nor is it cute. It's bad for business.

Learn to understand that as important as your life and goals are to you, other peoples' goals and life are simply important to them.

The transition from being a talker to a listener is not easy as listening is a skill one must acquire. It does not happen on the first attempt, but be cognizant as to how your listening skills are and determine how you can improve them.

Begin to take interest in others and you're ten steps ahead of the game.

(2) Try Not To Burn Bridges

Since I've started my business, I must have burnt over 100 bridges and each one I regret. Looking back, not many were necessary. Human beings hate rejection and we do everything possible to avoid it.

However, the avoidance of rejection sometimes means lashing out to others who have rejected …