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There is a famous story that comes from Buddhism, about a mother who loses her child. The Buddha was known not only as an enlightened individual but also as someone with the ability to bring the dead back to life.

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According to the Center for Legal Studies in Golden, Colorado, the paralegal profession was ranked as one of the top growth professions for 1999 and into the current millennium because of the rise of lawsuits and the increased complexity of the laws. Paralegal salaries vary greatly by location and specialty. Salary data is outdated as soon as it appears in print, but the following statistics are included here to give you a ballpark figure for salary ranges. NFPA conducts a compensation and benefits survey every two years. Its 1999 survey revealed an average salary of $38,085 (compared to an average salary of $29,607 in 1991). To order a copy of NFPA's most recent survey, go to www.paralegals.org/Publications..

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Well-known Michigan Paralegal Dawn Draper Discusses Her Long and Rewarding Career Well-known Michigan Paralegal Dawn Draper Discusses Her Long and Rewarding Career
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Dawn Draper owns and operates The Virtual Paralegal, based in beautiful Northern Michigan. She prepares legal documents for court filing, drafts responses, motions, stipulations, briefs, trial preparation, creates PowerPoint presentations for trial, data entry, correspondence, graphic design, newsletters, web design, and answers telephone calls for attorneys in all US jurisdictions. Mrs. Draper also provides administrative work to all individuals and businesses. All of her services are completed virtually by fax, email, or regular mail for cost efficiency. Mrs. Draper’s work is completed on a contract basis rather than employment.

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