What do paralegals really do and how might they fit into the legal services industry in future?
1. The term ‘paralegal’ for many conjures up images of young people spending most of their time sifting through and filtering huge swathes of documents as part of a disclosure / investigatory process. Is this what most paralegals do?
No. Absolutely not! ...
If we wish to preserve the essence and foundation of the English Legal System, which is based on access to justice for all, then Paralegals should be considered the saviours who provide such to consumers when it otherwise becomes too costly.
The Government has clearly inferred that it does not wish to statutorily regulate further within the legal profession, therefore voluntary regulation...
What’s the difference between a paralegal and a solicitor, and when might it make sense to use one? Amanda Hamilton, Chief Executive of the National Association of Licenced Paralegals, explains.
A paralegal is legally trained and educated to perform legal tasks and offer legal assistance but is not a qualified solicitor. Paralegals can do virtually everything that a solicitor can do...
We wrote a guide for Small Claims Court for Small Business Insider. This is part of our continued efforts to raise the profile for Paralegals.
You can action the entire process above without the help of a solicitor. However, if you feel you do need a bit of extra advice or support then consider using a Paralegal. Paralegals are less costly than a solicitor and ca...
In this Article on The Money Pages, NALPs CEO Amanda Hamilton discusses when you can use a Paralegal instead of a solicitor.
When might you use the services of a paralegal?
If someone takes you to court claiming that you allegedly owe them money and you need to defend yourself
If you need to take someone to court and need assistance with the process
If you have been ar...
CAN YOU GIVE OUR READERS AN OVERVIEW OF THE NALP?
NALP was established in 1987 as professional membership body for paralegals in order to promote paralegals as an independent profession, not only within the legal sector but also within commerce, industry and the public and private sectors.
NALP is also the only paralegal body that is recognised as a qualifications awarding organisation...
Paralegals are not just people who have studied law. Being trained to perform certain tasks, like drafting contracts, is important for many companies. They may not necessarily wish to use the services of a solicitor each time they require such a contract because, economically, it may not be viable. Thus, many will revert to training individuals (non-lawyers) and employ them specifi...
Paralegals can greatly reduce bills, either by helping you deal with legal matters yourself, or by completing the early stages of a legal issue before bringing in a solicitor.
We discuss where to find legal assistance and when a paralegal may be able to help. Read more here