Dedicated and trained Paralegals who are thorough and patient -
1. Make Law Offices more competitive by lowering the overall cost of services to Clients thereby attracting more Clients.
2. Are often more flexible, more adaptive and generally better at certain types of legal work and better at controlling certain details or repetitive processes than Lawyers.
3. Are more available and attentive to Clients since they don't go to Court, travel or get so absorbed in cases. Fostering communications between Client and Paralegal is usually a very good idea.
4. Relieve Lawyers of routine work that frees them up to concentrate on strategy, case management and other complex issues of a case.
5. Improve Client satisfaction by taking care of details, being available for Telephone calls and visits, getting and relaying Lawyer answers to Client questions.
Things Paralegals can do -
1. Interview witnesses and Clients.
2. Communicate with Clients.
3. Collect, organize and summarize facts and documents.
4. Produce drafts and even final copies of letters, pleadings and related case and court documents for a Lawyer's review and signature. Repetitive legal forms should usually be drafted by experienced qualified Paralegals to allow the use of Lawyers time better.
Things Paralegals can 'NOT' do -
1. Accept a case from a Client.
2. Set or collect Client fees.
3. Share Profits of the Law Office.
4. Own a share of the Law Office.
5. Give legal advice.
6. Plan legal strategies.
7. Take depositions.
8. Represent a Client at Court hearings or trials.
9. Sign legal documents.