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Can a paralegal provide legal services independent of an attorney?
Paralegals can provide legal services independent of an attorney’s supervision – but with limitations. They can provide legal document services, information about the law, and some other limited services. But as they are not licensed law practitioners, and therefore cannot legally represent clients in (or outside of) court.
Is a paralegal the same as a legal assistant?
A legal assistant and a paralegal can perform a similar set of tasks and functions. However, paralegals are not likely to be handling any administrative duties or additional work outside the legal sphere. While their work paths may cross, a legal assistant’s time spent on a case is not billable, whereas a paralegal’s time can be and usually is billable.
Do paralegals need to be licensed or certified?
Paralegals do not need to be licensed or certified to be a paralegal. In some cases, certification is completely voluntary, at an employer’s request, or unnecessary. You do not have to have a certificate to be a working paralegal.
What kind of education is required to become a paralegal?
A paralegal has to earn a certificate or degree in legal or paralegal studies from an accredited program or institution. After earning the degree they can find on-the-job training and experience at a firm, corporation, or organization. The final step, which is usually optional, is to get certified through an accredited association.
What does a paralegal do?
A paralegal does work that typically supports attorneys, which can include legal research, document drafting, and other tasks. Paralegals might also assist attorneys in preparing for trials and hearings. All legal-based work done by the paralegal is the responsibility of the supervising attorney. While paralegals can provide basic legal services, they are not licensed attorneys and cannot represent clients in court.
A paralegal is a someone who, through person who is their qualifications qualified, by education, training or experience --, that is is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, organization or governmental entity,, to perform substantive legal work under a lawyer’s supervision that the lawyer is ultimately responsible for. They are not licensed to practice law, but they can be a critical asset in case preparation and execution, working in concert with the attorney. A paralegal is not a licensed attorney and cannot represent clients, but they can be essential in building and preparing legal cases.
How is child support determined?
Each state has different mandates on how child support is determined. But there are some basic factors that underline how costs are determined in each state, including:
- Income level of parent that needs to pay support (in the case of joint custody, the costs are determined by income of each party and the percentage of time the child spends with each parent)
- Financial needs of child
- Child’s standard of living before the divorce occurred
What is a no-fault divorce?
This is a divorce in which one party does not have to prove that the other’s actions lead to a deterioration of the marriage. The reason for divorce is listed as "irreconcilable differences" or an "irreparable breakdown of the marriage,” meaning the marriage was no longer working and could not be repaired.
In what situations can a family law attorney be helpful?
Family law attorneys are helpful in cases where the two parties are not on amicable terms. The lawyers can act as intermediaries between the two parties and help them come to any settlement agreements, however long that may take.
Lawyers can also help parties navigate tricky state laws regarding settlement agreements and child custody, thus expediting the process.
What is a contested vs. an uncontested divorce?
A contested divorce is one in which the parties cannot agree on either the necessity of the divorce as a whole, or how assets (money, property, etc.) and child custody should be split between them in the divorce.
An uncontested divorce is when the parties are in agreement on how assets and child custody will be split between them. These divorces can sometimes be handled without hiring a lawyer.