Private Investigators + Paralegals=Success
Paralegals help attorneys carry out most legal work, but most of them do not have the level of educational qualification as attorneys. In the United States, there is an opportunity for non-attorneys to work as a paralegal.
It can work the same way in other countries of the world. In some countries, paralegals must have legal council approval before they can operate. It should be noted that in this situation the license issued by the legal council will allow them to function in those countries or function as lawyers, but they can only work in lower courts or perform administrative tasks. Paralegals also work in areas where attorneys work, such as government offices, real estate, etc. They also help attorneys connect them with Private Investigators who will help them perform tasks.
In the United States and other countries in the world, paralegals cannot function as attorneys. It means that they cannot offer legal advice or appear in court or charge fees because it is not legal for them to do so. Carrying out these activities is considered a violation of the law. In the United States, two organizations are responsible for regulating the activities of paralegals, and they are the National Paralegal Association (NALA) and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA).
Skills and benefits of paralegals to attorneys
1. Find private investigators
Paralegals help lawyers find professional private investigators , whether they are insurance fraud investigators or criminal investigators in all the cases they need to identify the best investigator for each circumstance, such as criminal, domestic, personal, civil, wrongful death injuries. , fraud and others. They have the knowledge and experience to meet the right private investigator who will properly handle your cases.
2.Documenting and Research
Paralegals will help attorneys document and research the information they need, and this will help speed up the attorney’s work, they are expected to be on time, and will help attorneys attend to most of the basic things they need to prepare in the office. Punctuality is always expected from one paralegal to another to assist in the execution of most of their duties.
3. Write writings and letters
Paralegals help write case letters and summaries for attorneys, and it is vital that paralegals have excellent communication and writing skills in others to make their work professional and also seek clarification from the attorney before proceeding.
4. Assist clients of attorneys
Paralegals help serve clients in the law office in the absence of the attorney for one problem or another. They are required to have excellent language skills to be able to communicate with clients effectively and basic legal terms are required in others to understand clients’ request, such as interrogations, depositions, and requests for admission in various categories of law.
5. Management calendars
One thing that is certain in the law office is that the daily task management and paralegals are responsible for organizing the attorney’s daily schedule such as court dates, filing, and indexing of documents for easy access. to documents.
6. Online project presentation and management
Paralegals help in managing and filing cases online, and that implies that basic technological skills need to be mastered in other to become successful in any filing projects online. Recently e-filing have become very common in the legal profession, and it is important that paralegals masters this aspect of filing to help to ease the work of attorneys.
Experience is necessary when it comes to working as a paralegal professional . Recently more paralegal professionals are required because of the increasing cost of legal service and hiring of paralegals have helped to reduce the cost of legal services.
“The Paralegal is the gatekeeper to the lawyer and also for the Private Investigator”
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About the Author
Chris Cavallo has been involved in every facet of the Security and Investigations Industry for over 35 years. He started his career with the two largest Security and Investigation Companies in the world at the time, Wells Fargo and Pinkerton’s Investigative Services. After spending 2 years as a Management Trainee with 11 months in the field as an Undercover Operative he quickly raised rose through the ranks and became one of the most highly recognized Security Consultants for his first 10 years. He is considered a subject matter expert in various Security / Investigative practices such as Protective Services and Background Investigations. He then founded a company, RSI Investigations (Records Search Inc.), which was one of the pioneers and leaders in the Background Screening industry in the late 80’s. After this experience Chris founded Cavallo Associates working with Security, Defense and Investigation Companies and helping them develop their Business Plans and training their personnel while opening new markets in such places as Rome, Italy the Panama Canal and Bogota, Colombia. Today Chris is a Florida Licensed Private Investigator providing services primarily to the Legal Community and continues to dedicate himself in the Investigations Industry, sponsoring and developing several PI Interns while operating under the brand name CSI Secure Solutions headquartered in Davie Florida with an office in Bogota, Colombia. Chris and his wife Caryn Rae Robin a local singer and popular voice Coach live in Plantation, Florida with twin daughters Stefanie & Cristina and are very proud Grandparents of 5, Christopher 11, Stefan 9, Legend 6,
Member of the South Paralegal Association (SFPA)
Member of the Florida Criminal Lawyers Association (FACDL)
Member of the Florida Licensed Investigators Association (FALI)
Member of the American Society for Industrial Safety (ASIS)
Member of the Administrative Commission of Justice (JAC)
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