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Family law paralegal

  1. 1. What Does A Family Law Paralegal Do?<br />By Kathy Dailey<br />(Not intended to be all-inclusive…)<br /><br />
  2. 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. 3. Divorce<br />Attend Initial Interview With Attorney & Client; Help Identify Legal Problems That Can Be Referred To Other Entities<br /><br />
  4. 4. Collect Background Info On Client<br />Marriage certificate, assets, number of children, bank accounts, etc.<br />Marriage License<br /><br />
  5. 5. Complete Domestic Relations Questionnaire<br />And Draft Pleadings And Documents<br /><br />
  6. 6. Draft Temporary Motions, Affidavits, & Orders<br />Draft Request For Production Of Documents<br />Draft Property Settlement Agreement<br /><br />
  7. 7. Determine Support Requirements & Calculate Child Support<br />Draft Permanent Orders<br /><br />
  8. 8. Post-Divorce Modification<br /><ul><li>Draft Modification Motions & Affidavits
  9. 9. Serve Notice On Opposing Counsel
  10. 10. Arrange For Service Of Documents
  11. 11. Obtain Dates For Court Hearings
  12. 12. Arrange For Mediation, If Required
  13. 13. Help Client Prepare Financial Affidavit
  14. 14. Arrange For Appraisals Of Real & Personal Property, If Needed
  15. 15. Schedule Interviews
  16. 16. Obtain Info For Discovery
  17. 17. Organize, Categorize, & Determine Completeness Of Discovery
  18. 18. Draft Proposed Stipulations</li></ul><br />
  19. 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. 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. 21. Keep Clients Informed<br /><br />
  22. 22. Discuss Courtroom Etiquette With Client & Witnesses<br />Assist Attorney At Trial<br /><br />
  23. 23. Manage file(s) at trial<br /><br />
  24. 24. Assist Attorney In Settlement Discussions<br /><br />
  25. 25. Keep Track Of Exhibits Introduced & Admitted At Trial<br /><br />
  26. 26. Click Here For A Resume<br />Contact Me!<br /><ul><li>Cell : 303.941.6313
  27. 27. Fax: 303.942.3686
  28. 28. Email: kd [at]</li></ul>Connect with Me!<br /><ul><li>Visit my LinkedIn Profile</li></ul><br />