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A paralegal may also be called a legal assistant.


Paralegals can perform many of the tasks lawyers perform, but cannot represent a client in court or give legal advice.


Paralegals may work for a law office, government agency or independently.


Paralegals may specialize in many areas, including:


Personal Injury
Family Law
Labor or Employee Benefits
Criminal Law



A paralegal skills include:


Preparation of paperwork and forms



Paralegals may earn voluntary certification through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). Paralegals who have passed NALA exams may use the term Certified Legal Assistant (CLA).


When choosing a paralegal, make sure they are:


Taking classes in continuing legal education
Staying aware of new developments in laws that affect their practice 


Before hiring a paralegal, make sure about how they:


Calculate their billing charges
Get billing charges in writing
Ask for a written estimate for your case
!!! BE PREPARED !!!. Have your documents and a list of questions ready before you go to a paralegal's office.




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