Question by  Baker325 (20)

What are the typical paralegal responsibilities?

I am thinking about being a paralegal.


Answer by  flamiss22 (5081)

You will typically help the attorney preparing for cases by researching information and making all required paperwork is filed and witnesses are contacted and prepped.


Answer by  PHOAT (645)

A paralegal is a highly trained support staff for attorneys. They typically do the leg work of law without the salary of a lawyer.


Answer by  Brett (7986)

Typically a paralegal is responsible for setting dates for the lawyer who they are working for, with regards to clients they can't attend in court for.


Answer by  Lisa6938 (485)

A paralegal functions as an assistant to an attorney. General duties include gathering and organizing documents and materials for trial, organizing an attorney's litigation files, summarizing deposition testimony in both narrative and depositon page and line number format, and meeting with witnesses for various reasons.


Answer by  Doris59 (1647)

To start out your best bet would to work in an attorneys office in some capacity because that would give you a basic understanding of basic law protocol. Your duties could include, assisting attorneys, filing their paperwork and pleadings at the court house and a lot of research.


Answer by  texasjd (19)

Paralegals assist lawyers. Their roles vary greatly, depending largely on the lawyers and their practices. Many paralegals draft simple form documents (wills, court pleadings, deeds). Many coordinate with clients. Some do legal research. Often the paralegal will be responsible for maintaining and organizing lots of documents, including client files and electronic documents.


Answer by  nupsmommy (375)

Paralegals assist lawyers in their cases. Paralegals themselves are not lawyers or officers. You would have a much more specific knowledge of the law whereas a lawyer's knowledge is much more broad and expansive. This is why paralegals are so helpful in cases.


Answer by  therealnapster (107)

Paralegals also known as legal assistants are starting to perform many of the same tasks as the lawyers that they work for except for giving legal advice and presenting cases.

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