I have come across a lot of people that are unfamiliar with what a Paralegal does or how they can assist you. . . I am going to try and provide a snapshot of a Paralegal below:
First things first! I would like to clearly note that complex situations or high conflict cases should always seek legal advice from an Attorney. Please visit my website for a list of excellent Family Law and Civil Attorneys servings Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and other Southern California Counties.
That being said, if you are looking to accomplish a specific goal and know you have to go through the court to do so...you may benefit from using a PARALEGAL.
Paralegals can prepare documents to file with the court.
Documents such as: Petition for Dissolution (Divorce), Request to Establish Parental Relationship (Paternity), Petition for Guardianship, Petition for Conservatorship, Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order, and much more.
Paralegals can also prepare many documents used to move along your case.
Documents such as discovery requests/response, settlement statements, stipulated agreements, and much more.
Paralegals also prepare documents that do not get filed with the court.
Documents such as: contracts, power of attorney, wills (simple), appointment of legal guardianship, trusts/ pourover will, lease agreements, demand letters, and much more.
Before hiring a Paralegal consider the following:
1. Ask yourself, are my issues complex / is my case high conflict: A paralegal can draft an excellent motion / declaration but without an Attorney in Court to argue the points of that motion, you may be in big trouble. **Talk to an Attorney**
2. Check around: Does the Paralegal have reviews from previous clients? Has a friend or acquaintance been able to vouch for them? Do they have something outlining what they can and can not do?
3. Hiring: Make sure you have something that states what you are paying for. Make sure you have good contact information for follow-up questions. Find out when the project completes, will they be filing and serving the papers.
4. Communicate: The paralegal should follow up with you and work should progress as discussed. If this is not happening, follow-up with the Paralegal to inquire as to any miscommunication.
5. Finally! If your Paralegal did a great job...ask if you can leave them a review online. If they did not, maybe find out where to leave a review...
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