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Tasks of the Family Law Paralegal

Tasks of the Family Law Paralegal

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  • 1. What Does A Family Law Paralegal Do?<br />By Kathy Dailey<br />(Not intended to be all-inclusive…)<br /><br />
  • 2. Areas Within Family Law<br />Child Custody<br />Elder Care<br />Divorce<br />Spousal Abuse<br />Marriage<br />Adoption<br />ChildAbuse<br />Child Support<br />Name Change<br /><br />
  • 3. Divorce<br />Attend Initial Interview With Attorney & Client; Help Identify Legal Problems That Can Be Referred To Other Entities<br /><br />
  • 4. Collect Background Info On Client<br />Marriage certificate, assets, number of children, bank accounts, etc.<br />Marriage License<br /><br />
  • 5. Complete Domestic Relations Questionnaire<br />And Draft Pleadings And Documents<br /><br />
  • 6. Draft Temporary Motions, Affidavits, & Orders<br />Draft Request For Production Of Documents<br />Draft Property Settlement Agreement<br /><br />
  • 7. Determine Support Requirements & Calculate Child Support<br />Draft Permanent Orders<br /><br />
  • 8. Post-Divorce Modification<br /><ul><li>Draft Modification Motions & Affidavits
  • 9. Serve Notice On Opposing Counsel
  • 10. Arrange For Service Of Documents
  • 11. Obtain Dates For Court Hearings
  • 12. Arrange For Mediation, If Required
  • 13. Help Client Prepare Financial Affidavit
  • 14. Arrange For Appraisals Of Real & Personal Property, If Needed
  • 15. Schedule Interviews
  • 16. Obtain Info For Discovery
  • 17. Organize, Categorize, & Determine Completeness Of Discovery
  • 18. Draft Proposed Stipulations</li></ul><br />
  • 19. Additional Paralegal Tasks<br />Draft petition for adoption, consent for adoption, decree of adoption<br />Arrange for court reporter<br />Draft motions<br />Draft petition for name change<br />Explain paralegal responsibilities to the client<br />Draft initial or responsive pleadings; check on service of process, &draft any necessary motions for service<br />Set depositions<br />Prepare files and clients for hearings<br />Keep calendar current<br />Review answers; highlight answers that seem questionable or questions that have been objected to; forward to responsible attorney<br />Draft interrogatories<br /><br />
  • 20. Additional Paralegal Tasks<br />(Cont.)<br />Docket due dates, court appearances, and deadlines<br />Research case law<br />Prepare for trial <br />Arrange for private investigators<br />Investigate law<br />Keep track of client fee balance<br />Arrange for expert witnesses<br />Update discovery<br />Organize trial exhibits and prepare exhibit list<br />Interview witnesses & serve subpoenas<br />Issue trial subpoenas to witnesses, arrange service & file return ofservice<br />Prepare proposed order<br />Have charts, graphics, blow-ups, & so forth prepared<br /><br />
  • 21. Keep Clients Informed<br /><br />
  • 22. Discuss Courtroom Etiquette With Client & Witnesses<br />Assist Attorney At Trial<br /><br />
  • 23. Manage file(s) at trial<br /><br />
  • 24. Assist Attorney In Settlement Discussions<br /><br />
  • 25. Keep Track Of Exhibits Introduced & Admitted At Trial<br /><br />
  • 26. Click Here For A Resume<br />Contact Me!<br /><ul><li>Cell : 303.941.6313
  • 27. Fax: 303.942.3686
  • 28. Email: kd [at]</li></ul>Connect with Me!<br /><ul><li>Visit my LinkedIn Profile</li></ul><br />