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Legal Staff Paralegal in Amherst, NY

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Company name

The M&T Bank

Organization Type


Job Type

Legal Staff

Practice Area

Finance - Banking

Years of Experience

1-3 yrs required


Amherst, NY

Date Last Verified

Aug 24,2018

Posted on

Aug 01,2018

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Deposit Account Legal Document Analyst II The candidate will review, analyze and interpret various legal documents submitted by Branches and Private Banking to determine if they can proceed with account opening and/or account maintenance. Documents include Power of Attorney, Trust Agreements, Estates, Death Certificates, Guardianship and Divorce Papers governed by the laws of all of the various jurisdictions in which the bank operates. Act as a liaison between the branch and the legal department. Perform complex, 'nonstandard' level research on a variety of legal documents presented at account opening via existing and new retail and private banking customers within established service level agreements. Conduct research and analysis of laws that affect M&T and the specific legal documents and forms that are received. Escalate questionable documents to Counsel’s Office for further consultation and review if unable to make a conclusive ruling/decision within department. Work closely with other internal departments/areas across Bank and its subsidiaries. These include to, Counsel’s Office, Banking Services, Branches, Private Banking, Centralized Branch Operations, and Client Services. Provide job coaching and mentoring of junior team members. Participate in departmental or bank-wide projects as needed. Works under general supervision but is required to exercise good judgment and discretion in: Recognizing exceptional situations. Bringing exceptional situations to the attention of immediate supervisor and/ Counsel’s Office. With immediate supervisor and/or Counsel’s Office, handling exceptional situations. Responsible for discussing with supervisor any issues/questions regarding legal documents. The position has substantial contact with internal departments/positions within Bank Corporation and its subsidiaries, to include but not limited to Counsel’s Office, Banking Services, Branch personnel, Centralized Branch Operations, and Client Services. Mentors junior team members.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have Bachelor’s Degree. Must have proficiency with personal computers as well as pertinent word processing, spreadsheet and email software. Should have customer Service experience. Paralegal certification is preferred. 1-3 years paralegal experience or closely aligned skills and work experience in a large law firm is desired. Prior branch or departmental experience is desired. Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills are needed. Must have proven knowledge of laws regarding various legal documents in different states. Should have demonstrated work leadership skills. Must have strong analytical and problem solving skills. Must have some knowledge or expertise with Power of Attorney, Trust Agreements, Estates, Death Certificates, Guardianship and Divorce Papers. Knowledge of departmental systems/applications and software is desired.

Additional info


Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The M&T Bank
Amherst, NY 14228