The Attorney’s Helpmate: The Trusted Paralegal

Effective lawyers in any realm of court proceedings have always had their team of paralegals to aid and assist them in various matters of law or courtroom procedures. With such being the case, the question often arises about just how far a paralegal can take his or her legal practice.

At the outset, the first thing to consider is the role that bar certified attorney has in regard to the paralegal actual practice. Many states have a clear rule regarding such rules for the attorney in that, the licensed attorney can be held accountable for the paralegal’s actions if a paralegal does anything beyond the scope of the delegated duties of a paralegal. If the actions of the paralegal go beyond the accepted boundaries, then the licensed attorney can be punished. A licensed attorney has many roles to play in any judicial matter, with the help of qualified paralegals, such matters are made easier. Whether it’s developing client-attorney privileges, representing the client in various court hearings, or simply providing legal advice and opinions. The question often arises of “Can a paralegal given legal advice or help a client with a situation regarding courtroom procedure or courtroom law?” The answer is obviously yes because the paralegal will more than likely be versed in matters of law and court procedure. However, it is not wise that a paralegal gives such advice because that is beyond the accepted role and capabilities of a paralegal. It is obvious a paralegal has a very delicate position in the world of court matters and law.

Due to the increase in courtroom proceedings, whether criminal or civil, the need for paralegals has only grown. As a designated role that must be performed with the utmost of care and attention the paralegal’s role makes the job of the licensed attorney easier. So, it is obvious that the question of just how far a paralegal can go is very vital today. First and foremost, having a firm understanding of just what it means to be a paralegal will help answer the question of how far a paralegal can go. Such questions are often the wrapped around the definition of the word law because it is often stated that paralegals cannot practice law. Among other things besides the actual practice of law in a courtroom setting, the paralegal can draft important court documents. To sit and develop a motion would be time-consuming for an attorney, so to have a paralegal that is competent and qualified to research court documents make the role of the attorney that much easier. Paralegals are very important when it comes to assisting clients that may need assistance with important documents. Once again this is another way that the paralegal can make the job of the licensed attorney that much easier.

In conclusion, it should be obvious by now that the paralegal has a rather interesting position as the trusted helpmate that assists the licensed attorney in matters that require attention and focus. With such performance, the energy of the attorney can be shifted towards more pressing matters for the client.