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Tasks of the Family Law Paralegal

Tasks of the Family Law Paralegal



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