White Papers for Paralegals
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Paralegals are often charged with the task of maintaining client files, recording updates and collecting important information. Some of the most important aspects of a paralegalís work entail the retention and destruction of client files. Accidentally destroying a client file that is required for a case may cause an attorney to lose the case. Failing to adequately preserve client files may result in a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct and cause an attorney to face sanctions by a state bar association. Download this white paper to ensure compliance.
In the age of E-Discovery and electronically-stored evidence, paralegals now face a new genre of rules under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, local court rules, case law and custom within the legal profession. Electronic evidence can make or break the case of an attorney, which is why it is vital that paralegals fully understand how to preserve, collect and process electronic evidence. This white paper will help paralegals accomplish that.
When a paralegal is working on a medical malpractice case, it is vital that his or her collection of data be precise, accurate and legal. Certain laws, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (2003), may pose a roadblock that must be overcome in obtaining patient information. Medical malpractice paralegals need to be prepared to deal with this law and other evidentiary privileged information in preparing a medical malpractice case for attorneys. Downloading this white paper is a great first step.
A trial notebook is an essential and invaluable tool to have when a case goes to trial. Having a properly organized collection of documents related to the legal case will assist the attorney you support. He or she will be able to maintain control over how evidence is presented, the rebuttal of opposing evidence and making a cohesive argument. Additionally, a well-prepared trial notebook prepares the attorney to respond to unanticipated issues or arguments that may arise during the trial. This white paper will provide you with the key elements of a winning trial notebook that will help you win the case.
The appellate process' requirements and quirks generally vary based on the type of case being tried, with slight differences existing between civil cases and criminal cases. Paralegals who work in a litigation capacity should understand the key differences between civil and criminal litigation, and they should be aware of their responsibilities during the original case, when preparing for appeal, and when actually trying the appellate case before a panel of judges. Proper preparation and legal assistance will ensure the best possible outcome at all levels of litigation and appeal, ensuring plaintiffs and defendants are properly exposed to due process and a fair trial.
A summary judgment is a procedural maneuver to dispose of a civil case and avoid a jury trial. A summary judgment, or judgment as a matter of law, is appropriate when there is no dispute regarding the material facts in a civil case. Any party in a civil lawsuit that is entitled to judgment under the laws of the jurisdiction where the lawsuit was filed may file a motion for summary judgment. There are even instances when the parties of a lawsuit agree to jointly file a motion for summary judgment. The judge in a civil case may also independently decide that summary judgment is the most appropriate way to dispose of a case. Download this white paper for an overview of summary judgments in civil cases.
Superior writing skills are essential to your work as a paralegal regardless to the law firm size or your area of focus. If your specialty is litigation, you will draft simple and complex documents of correspondence, legal memorandums, briefs, pleadings, motions and discovery. Contracts, agreements and resolution are common documents if you perform transactional tasks. Mastering the art of writing clear, concise and persuasive prose is one of the best ways that sets you apart from peers. The purpose of this white paper is to offer some tips and best practices to freshen up your skills. Apply some or all of these tips to refine your writing and eliminate verbosity.
Many law firms today are in a more financially perilous situation than they have been perhaps at any other point in their history. It is this precarious financial situation, combined with the rise of high-tech tools, small firm competition, and a transforming legal industry, that has once again placed the spotlight on early case assessment. As a way to save money, pick better cases, and generate better results, there is simply no better way to run a practice, turn a profit, and pick cases beneficial to the firm and clients simultaneously than early case assessment.
The term "blue sky laws" refers to an umbrella grouping of laws within United States code that is meant to protect the average investor from overly speculative investments that either do not have any intrinsic value or contain such a gross imbalance between risk and reward so as to be considered an ethical fraud even if the fraud cannot be defined as a technical one. Download this white paper to understand the basics of the blue sky laws.
For those who are new to the paralegal profession, or those who simply need a brief review of the best practices required of those drafting pleadings on a regular basis, there are a few guidelines to follow and some key information that must always be included in these crucial documents. From the facts of the case to the contact information for each party, drafting a pleading is a logical and systematic process that's easy to complete with the right information and the right steps.