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The paralegal is a paraprofessional who has the experience and the education required to assist the lawyers in the legal work.

The definition of paralegal can differ from one country to another. However, the paralegal people cannot be authorized to offer the legal services. Sometime they may be required to be licensed and regulated in the same way as the lawyers. The paralegal can work alone or can work in the office. The unlicensed paralegal has to work under the lawyer and in the legal processes. The paralegals may handle the paperwork during the investigation, bankruptcies and divorce actions.

The paralegal started like the assistant to the lawyers when the lawyers were the only one to offer the legal services. In the jurisdictions where the paralegal staffs are allowed to work, they have to work under the accreditation and recognition of the lawyer.

The difference that exist between the paralegals and lawyers is that the lawyer may set the fees, may appear in the counsel or in the court and they can sign the pleadings within the representative capacity. The paralegal are not allowed to do such activities and they can do this in violation of the local statues. The paralegal training or expertise may be specific while the lawyer may do a holistic and formal training.

The paralegal is also different from the legal secretary. The legal secretary is the secretary but who has the basic understanding of the legal words and the formatting of the court documents.

The paralegal jobs are important and are meant to assist with corporate transaction together with filling the documents that are necessary to present to the local regulations, state and federal regulation for the conduct of everyday business.

The paralegal person has to work with the lawyer in order to represent the corporations regardless if they are for profit or non- for-profit as well as the partnership for the companies. He can assist the lawyers for the mergers, withdrawals and amendments for the limited liability and partnership. He can also assist the lawyer for the completion of the stock certificates.

The paralegal can work directly with the clients and the attorneys which involves closing the various corporate transactions that include the acquisitions for the mergers and initial public offerings. He has to prepare the audit letters as well as their distribution to the clients and auditors. He can gather the billing information and litigation used to prepare the draft of the responses for the auditors for the request for such information.

He has to assist with the SEC filings which regards the security offering and which responds to the requirements.
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Dec 11,14 USA - NJ Florham Park

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McGivney & Kluger, P.C. Min 1 yrs required
NJ office seeks an experienced litigation paralegal for our local clients... a national coordinating counsel paralegal Must be able to... salary requirements and references.   Litigation paralegal Paralegal, Legal Staff, Law... Firm Staff, Litigation...

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Dec 10,14 USA - TN Brentwood

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Russ Cook and Associates, PC Min 5 yrs required
seeks experienced Senior Probate paralegal to support its Estate/Trust... matters. THE OBJECTIVE The Senior Probate paralegal directly supports the head... to the Junior Probate paralegal • Drafting correspondence, probate and related... of experience as a paralegal with a minimum of paralegal • If...

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Dec 04,14 USA - TX Dallas

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North Dallas Law Firm seeks Full Time Legal Secretary paralegal who is professional, ambitious, and embraces new challenges. We are ready to bring the right candidate on board immediately!  Responsibilities include: * Trial...

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Dec 17, 14 USA - NY Brooklyn

paralegal Disability Advocacy Project The... outreach in Brooklyn. The paralegal will appear in administrative... proceedings before the Social Security Administration. Investigate and develop disability claims, evaluate the merits of claims, prepare clients to testify at hearings, advocate at hearings including...
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Dec 02, 14 USA - PA Pittsburgh

In-House, Min 3 yrs required
paralegal Manager Duties: Responsible... paralegals and will provide paralegal support to the commercial... of new and temporary paralegal professionals. Providing opportunities for... continuing paralegal education (including in-house training... assign project opportunities for paralegal professionals. Managing and assigning... with bearing on the paralegal Professionals Program and managing paralegal
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Dec 02, 14 USA - AZ Phoenix

In-House, Min 4 yrs required
paralegal – Leasing Duties:... Support and provide paralegal services to the Lead... and matters. To perform paralegal services for, and support... other third parties. Perform paralegal services for and support... Work with and provide paralegal support to Firm’s Corporate paralegal
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Dec 02, 14 USA - AZ Phoenix

In-House, Min 4 yrs required
paralegal – Construction and Real... delegate; and provides quality paralegal services in support of... Values. Support and provide paralegal services to the Lead... transactions and matters. Perform paralegal services for and support... and Real Estate”). Perform paralegal services for, and support paralegal
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Dec 18, 14 USA - MA Boston

In-House, 2-4 yrs required
Junior paralegal Duties: Accountable and... Counsel and Senior Corporate paralegal Management of corporate records... corporate governance. Under Senior paralegal supervision, attend and facilitate... Compliance Department. Assist Senior paralegal with management and organization... record keeping. Assist Senior paralegal with maintenance and management......
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Dec 16, 14 USA - WI Madison

In-House, Min 3 yrs required
paralegal The candidate under the... the supervising attorney, the paralegal performs legal research on... degree or equivalent experience paralegal certification from an accredited... of experience as a paralegal Prior experience as a... healthcare paralegal preferred. Must have exceptional... computer skills...
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Dec 02, 14 USA - CA Irvine

In-House, Min 10 yrs required
skills in PTO paralegal practice and procedures. Maintain... Supervise and coordinate PTO paralegal support to meet PTO... to consolidate support paralegal team tasks, including cross-functional paralegal tasks. Shift paralegal administrative work... from IP Dept attorneys to support team. Partner...
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Dec 18, 14 USA - CT Ledyard

In-House, Min 2 yrs required
paralegal I The candidate will,... An Associate's degree plus paralegal certificate and 2+ years... Associate's degree and a paralegal Certificate, a high school... and 5+ years of paralegal experience in a law... firm, corporate legal department or governmental agency legal...
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Dec 05, 14 USA - OH Columbus

In-House, Min 5 yrs required
Senior paralegal Duties: Nationwide’s Marketing... a motivated, solution oriented paralegal with some experience or... evaluates open and closed paralegal file audits and informs... attorneys and management of the audit results; makes appropriate recommendations for improvement. Knows and applies the...
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Dec 04, 14 USA - CA San Jose

In-House, Min 8 yrs required
Senior IP paralegal Global Manager The... internal protocols for patent paralegal administration of U.S. and... work product from patent paralegal team. Effectively distribute, take... timely manner, all patent paralegal tasks, including: Administering invention... disclosure process, including coordinating invention disclosure...
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Starting a Career as a Paralegal

A paralegal is someone who has some form of legal training or knowledge but works under the supervision of a lawyer. Because paralegals essentially function as highly skilled assistants to attorneys, paralegal jobs are available wherever there are lawyers, whether the field is, for example, criminal law, real estate law, environmental law, or estate planning. Paralegals provide valuable assistance to lawyers preparing for trials, hearings, or contract negotiations. They also draft contracts, mortgages, separation agreements, and trust instruments, and may help in the preparation of tax returns, investigating cases, and locating witnesses.

Alternatives to Law Firms for Paralegal Jobs

When you work in the in-house legal department of a corporation, you will probably deal with some of the corporate law topics I talked about earlier and also with the law of the specific industry you are in. On the corporate side, you may assist the corporate attorneys with employee contracts and benefit plans, shareholder agreements, and stock option plans. You may send notices of meetings and take minutes at those meetings.

10 Good Reasons to Become a Paralegal

Becoming a paralegal can be an important step in one’s career and provide an opportunity to work in a legal environment without having to be a lawyer. Paralegals are usually well paid, and it has been predicted that job prospects will be on the rise for paralegals through 2014. Here are 10 good reasons to become a paralegal in the workforce today.

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