Dear Attorney:

How often have you wished you had a “right arm” – someone to assist you with your heavy caseload?
Have you ever put off answering or propounding interrogatories – or doing that research – or preparing the Trial Notebook – or anything that’s been sitting on your desk?
How often have you sought out ways to increase your productivity without substantially increasing the costs of providing efficient and expedient services to your clients?
No doubt, QUITE OFTEN!
The additional assistance you have been seeking is available through the legal support services described in this website. These services are provided on an “as-needed” basis, thus enabling you to expand your practice in a cost-efficient manner.

What is a Paralegal?
Ohio State Bar Association Paralegal Definition: A paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.

 

What does a Paralegal do?
Paralegals generally work side-by-side with attorneys, judges, prosecutors, or public defenders. They assist with research, preparation and analysis of documents, client and witness interview and investigation. Increasing caseloads have encouraged lawyers to delegate tasks formerly reserved for attorneys, creating more opportunities for paralegals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that paralegal positions will increase by 15 percent from 2016 through 2026, which is much faster than average.

What do the courts say about Paralegals?
“We conclude that given the appropriate instructions and supervision, paralegals, whether employees or independent contractors, are valuable and necessary members in the effective and efficient practice of law. In re: Opinion 24 of the Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 128 N.J. 114 (1992).

“Encouraging the use of lower cost paralegals rather than attorneys whenever possible “encourages cost-effective delivery of legal services…” Source: Missouri v. Jenkins, 491 U.S. Ct. 2463, 2471, n. 10 (9).