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Paralegal The candidate researches law sources by identifying applicable statutes, judicial decisions, and codes; initiating patent and trademark searches. Compiles evidence and supporting information by searching records, discovery documents, transcripts, libraries, and databases; interviewing clients, third parties, and expert witnesses. Prepares legal documents for attorney's approval and use by identifying forms and formats; producing text; proofreading; maintaining document control system. Begins legal actions by arranging for notice and subpoena service. Oversees cases by managing files and documents; coordinating with support services and clients, opposing law firms, and courts; managing court docket calendar; expediting paper flow; maintaining schedules and deadlines; generating status reports, logs, and indexes; processing settlement papers and payments. Prepares for trial by preparing trial notebooks, exhibits, and witness files; obtaining jury list and background information; preparing questions for jury selection. Prepares witnesses by detailing background information; interviewing witnesses; preparing interview summaries and statements. Composes legal abstracts by summarizing deposition, arbitration, hearing, trial, and other transcripts. Drafts appeals by researching legal basis for appeal. Maintains database by organizing document control; designing retrieval systems; summarizing, coding, and storing documents; updating system. Completes real and personal property transactions by inventorying and appraising assets; arranging sales; establishing payment mechanisms. Maintains law library by receiving and updating law service reporting systems. Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing publications. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Must have research skills, Analyzing Information, Dealing with Complexity, Administrative Writing Skills, Reporting Skills, Telephone Skills, Multi-tasking, Organization, Legal Administration Skills, Client Relationships.
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