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The Job profile and Responsibilities of Legal Staff in a Law Firm

published March 24, 2009

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A law firm is a business set up by one or more lawyers to practice and offer legal services. A lawyer who has the capability of starting his own firm can start the business and ones he becomes established, he employs a legal staff. The legal staff purpose is to undertake the responsibilities of the law firm by representing the firm’s client in court, advising them about their legal rights and carrying out legal duties for these clients. The law firm might have varying legal staff depending on the ownership or management structure. This could be as a result of the law firm structure. A partnership is a typical structure of a law firm. The firm is owned by a number of lawyers who are partners. They share revenue from their services as a team through the law firm they have set up. A law firm can also be a sole proprietorship. A lawyer can set up a firm and employ a set of lawyers. These are the various ownership structures of law firms.
 
The Job profile and Responsibilities of Legal Staff in a Law Firm

What are the duties of a legal staff?

A legal firm legal staff is determined by the size of the law firm. Law firms vary widely in size. The smallest law firms are sole proprietorships which have one lawyer working for himself. In this case, he has no employees, let alone a secretary. The duties of a legal staff are many. However, they depend on various contexts, and mainly the size and the specialization of a law firm. Before dwelling on the subject too much, of all legal staff duties it is important to understand the context of the size and types of law firms.

The type of law firms in the sector follow a certain system called an arrangement. The commonplace arrangements include the following;
 
  • Sole proprietorship; this is wherein the attorney is the owner of the firm and he is overall in the liability, loss and profit of the firm.
  • General partnership is whereby all the attorneys in the firm are entitled to an equal share of the firm’s loss, liability and profits.
  • Corporations that address attorneys like a corporation. These corporations mainly deal with very high profile cases and may represent government officials.

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