What Is a Paralegal? (From the Desk of Mona L. Cich-Moen)

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We’re often asked what a paralegal is and what the differences are between a lawyer and a paralegal. A paralegal is someone who has knowledge of the law through education, training, or work experience; she or he performs legal work and tasks requiring knowledge of the law and legal procedures under the supervision and direction of an attorney. A paralegal cannot give legal advice nor can they represent someone in a court of law. However, a paralegal can do an incredible amount of work for a client (not to mention the attorney!) when involved in a difficult legal matter.

Paralegals draft and analyze documents, meet with clients, provide legal research, gather and investigate facts, retrieve information, and manage cases, among other tasks. The paralegals in our office often handle collecting information, managing cases, and drafting much of the paper work in probate cases, divorce and custody actions, paternity cases, real estate matters, bankruptcies, estate and trust administration cases, and guardian conservatorship cases, as well as working on most all other client matters.

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