Legal Assistant / Secretary in United States

at a Confidential Company

Legal / Law
Administration & Office Support
Minimum Qualification
Required Experience
Entry Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description

Legal Assistant / Secretary Job Description

*While lawyers are ultimately responsible for work in the legal field, they frequently delegate many tasks to paralegals or legal assistants.

*In some law offices, legal assistants may perform many of the same tasks as attorneys.

*They are prohibited by law from performing any duties that would be considered practicing law, such as giving legal advice, setting legal fees and presenting cases in court.

*Many legal assisting careers are enhanced by earning a degree in a relevant field.

Duties and Responsibilities

*The most important task of a legal assistant is assisting lawyers prepare for hearings, closings, trials and corporate meetings.

*They may also investigate case facts to ensure that all relevant information is available for consideration.

*Other tasks include identifying judicial decisions, appropriate laws, legal articles and other materials that may be relevant.

*After organizing and analyzing information, legal assistants may also prepare written reports that lawyers may use in determining how to handle cases.

*Legal assistants may also prepare legal arguments, motions and draft pleadings that will be filed in court as well as obtaining affidavits.

*Other job duties of legal assistants may include tracking and organizing files contain important case documents while also making them available to lawyers.

*Along with preparatory work, legal assistants may also perform other functions including assisting with the drafting of mortgages, contracts and separation agreements.

*They may also help with preparing trust funds tax returns and assist in planning estates.

*Legal assistants often use the Internet and computer software programs for searching legal literature.

*In addition, they commonly use computer databases for retrieving, indexing and organizing various types of materials.

*Corporate legal assistants typically assist with shareholder agreements, employee contracts, employee benefit plans and stock-option plans.

*They may also assist with preparing and filing loan forms and annual financial reports.

Training and Education

*Most entry-level legal assistants have a diploma degree in paralegal studies or a bachelor’s degree.
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