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Common Legal Support Services Terms

An important part of using legal support services is understanding the services provided by different professional legal assistants. Although there is no licensing criteria for legal support specialists in most states, and several professional associations, like the National Association of Legal Assistants, offer certification exams and registration. Below are five terms to be familiar with when using legal assistance services.

  • Paralegal - A professional who assists lawyers with legal work. A paralegal does things like legal research and writing, fact checking, and completing paperwork. Paralegals work under the supervision of a lawyer, who is responsible for their work, and often specialize in a particular area of the law.
  • Law Clerk - A legal professional who completes research and assists a judge in writing court opinions. The term law clerk may also be used to refer to an individual who works on behalf of a lawyer or law firm. A clerk that works for a lawyer may do things like file legal documents with the court, run errands, or tasks similar to a paralegal.
  • Legal Secretary - An individual who supports a lawyer or law firm and may be responsible for a variety of tasks. Depending on the needs of a law office, a legal secretary may manage the law office or handle tasks similar to those of a law clerk.
  • Legal Billing Specialist - A professional who prepares statements for clients of a lawyer or law firm indicating what services have been rendered and what balance is owed.
  • Document Preparation Assistant - An individual who offers guidance to clients about preparing legal documents. A document preparation assistant is not a lawyer and cannot draft a legal document on behalf of a client, but he or she can assist a client in completing legal instruments.
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    AAA Legal Document Assistant
    242 N Sutter St Ste 507, Stockton, CA 95202
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    AAA California Legal Document Services
    710 W 18th St Ste 10, Merced, CA 95340
    Providing assistance to landlords and property owners in Ceres with eviction notices, delinquent rent payments, and property destruction cases. We also provide legal process serving to defendants.
    (209) 384-7400
    Hollister Process Service
    341 Tres Pinos Rd Ste 201, Hollister, CA 95023
    If you are in need of an affordable and reliable process service company, you've come to the right place. We have years of experience in working closely with our clients to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
    (831) 634-1479
    Scott Mitchell Law Offices
    1231 8th St Ste 650, Modesto, CA 95354
    (209) 529-7406
    A Legal Place, LLC
    1228 I St Ste A, Modesto, CA 95354
    (209) 577-3349
    Aames Legal Document Assistance
    101 Mchenry Ave Ste B, Modesto, CA 95354
    (209) 524-0744
    Themis Vitae
    429 Phoenix Ave, Modesto, CA 95354
    (209) 818-4835
    Expedite Document Imaging
    1722 H St, Modesto, CA 95354
    (209) 575-2901
    Document Processing Solution
    1111 J St, Modesto, CA 95354
    (209) 526-1204
    Modesto Paralegal Services
    140 Mchenry Ave, Modesto, CA 95354
    (209) 521-9447
    Proven Paralegal Service
    Turlock, CA 95382
    (209) 664-1020
    for The People
    1347 Mchenry Ave, Modesto, CA 95350
    (209) 523-8227
    Speedy Legal
    118 W Orangeburg Ave, Modesto, CA 95350
    (209) 408-5250
    Cheapest Legal Aid
    1620 Tully Rd Ste A, Modesto, CA 95350
    (209) 521-0561
    Diane's Paralegal
    100 N 3rd St, Patterson, CA 95363
    (209) 613-5440

    Paralegals are sometimes called legal secretaries. However, they have more responsibility than the average secretary. They act as assistants to lawyers, handling the easy and routine work so as to free the attorney's time to deal with more complicated matters. As such, they have significant legal training, although nowhere near as much as a fully trained lawyer. A paralegal may be in the courtroom, acting as a clerk and organizing documents for the lawyer. Much of their work is done by computers, but library research is also important. Corporate paralegals may handle much of the work of the legal department. They know the law and have their own professional associations. Bar associations may also have a section for paralegals. There are also specific guidelines of ethics that apply to paralegals. Lawyers are expected to provide guidance to their paralegals in ethical and procedural areas. Paralegals perform varied work and assignments. As assistants to lawyers, they prepare documents. They follow court procedures and support litigation. Although a paralegal is obliged to act as a secretary and handle routine matters, they have considerable leeway to investigate and research. Entry level positions are often referred to as paralegal clerks, and they handle very basic matters. Large firms may have a paralegal manager, who supervises paralegals, clerks and possibly other assistants such as receptionists. Most paralegals work for law firms or corporate departments. Some work for the government, either Federal or local. All fill an important role in supporting the judicial system by allowing law firms to perform their jobs more efficiently.
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