Even though paralegals do not interact with the public, they can be a lawyer’s best friend. Busy lawyers have clients to deal with, court appearances, and just about everything else under the sun to think about. Running a busy practice often means feeling like you have to be in two places at the same time. What a bummer. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just get away from all of that and have a little more free time?
That’s where the paralegal comes in.
The role of a paralegal is to support the lawyer in just about any and every way that you can think of. There’s no reason to assume that they aren’t going to be able to take care of things for you — you will just need to make sure that you get the right paralegal. You can actually delegate more than what you might hint. You just have to think about all of the things you do on a daily basis. The paralegal can actually handle most of those things.
Of course, there are things that the paralegal cannot do for you. They will not be able to do anything that would be construed as unauthorized practice of the law. This means that they can’t set legal fees, or undertake representation of clients, nor can they represent a client in court. They cannot give legal advice to anyone, either. However, this still lets them handle a wide list of services for you.
If you have a lot of court documents that need to be prepared and filed, you’ll find that the paralegal comes in handy. They will be able to take care of all of that for you, while you focus on your busy court schedule. What could honestly be better than that? Getting your legal practice organized will give you a deeper sense of work/life balance than what you had. Everyone dreams about running their own show, but they end up being consumed by it.
Folks, that’s not the way it has to be at all. You can actually run a great practice, have assistance with it, and still be home to tuck your kids into bed. It’s all about lifestyle design these days. The days of the attorney that has to work from dawn until dusk on client matters is long gone, and that’s a good thing.
Once I graduate law school and work for a few years, I would love to open up my own practice. I know that I will be hiring quality paralegals to help me make this dream come true. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the paralegals in your legal community. They are truly worth their weight in gold!