The role of a paralegal will vary depending on the size and type of law firm, but in general, they are responsible for providing support to attorneys. Paralegals typically assist lawyers in preparing for anything including: transactional closings, depositions, conferences, hearings, and trials. This may include conducting legal research, organizing and managing files, preparing pleadings and other legal documents, and assisting with trial preparations. Having skills in using applications like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excell is a critical skill to prepare exhibits, charts and diagrams to display information related to a case or transaction. While performing a variety of more complex tasks, they will still be required to perform a variety of administrative tasks related to individual cases or transactions as well. They must be able to work independently as well as part of a team and have excellent written and oral communication skills. To be a good paralegal, you need to be able to work quickly and be very organized.
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Investigating the factual evidence of a transaction or case
Case law research
Document collecting such as: police records, medical bills, repair orders, bank documents, paystubs, emails, letters, income and tax statements, insurance information and ID information like passports, immigration documents, driver license, etc.
Organizing and tracking files for important transactions or case documents, including pleadings and voluminous discovery documents
Drafting legal court documents, such as pleadings, motions, affidavits and subpoenas
Drafting closing documents
Drafting transactional documents such as trusts, wills, contracts and real estate leases
Expert witness search and coordination
Conducting routine discovery
Obtaining due diligence materials, such as corporate certificates of good standing, real estate and title information, and securities filings
Deposition setting and management