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Blog: Office Software Is Evolving, Are You Ready?

The Office software suite is changing! If you haven’t heard, Microsoft is really pushing the new Office 365, which is all of our old standbys from the Office Suite now delivered on a subscription basis, rather than purchasing that familiar box with the software on CD in it. Along with the standard programs, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc., is cloud integration, meaning you can access the software as well as your documents created and edited in them from any computer or connected device.

Video: Will Social Media Change How We Litigate?

Are Facebook and Twitter a good place to find defendants for service of process? Probably. Service via email and social media may be an economical and effective option for serving process on foreign parties, or even domestic parties that are otherwise difficult to track down by traditional means. However, the authenticity of user accounts and proof that users have actually opened or seen the relevant message remain a key issue.

Blog: So You Want To Be The Perfect Paralegal?

I have been thinking about my career goals. I would like to be the perfect paralegal, wouldn’t you? Hmmm, what would make me the perfect paralegal? For starters, I would like to always know what the attorney wants; never make a mistake; only work on big cases; know how to do everything possible; and never get emotional about a case. Let’s see how this would play out in real life…

The perfect paralegal can read minds.

Blog: Why I Discourage Phone Calls. Should You?

I’ve had a couple of people mention the fact that my phone number isn’t so easy to find on my Clerical Advantage website. It’s true, I only have my number listed in one place on my site, and although it’s kind of a no-brainer place to look for it, some folks expect it to be front and center. I’ll let you in on a little secret, it ain’t gonna happen. Why? Because I tend to discourage phone calls. I know, it may sound crazy, but keep reading and you may decide that you should be discouraging them too.

Blog: Ethical Guidelines for Potential New Client Inquiry

Most law firms have a procedure to follow concerning legal inquiries from a potential new client. Even with a solo to small law firm, the attorney is most likely not going to answer the incoming calls to obtain the general information surrounding a potential new client’s legal inquiry. The legal support staff will typically be responsible for obtaining the basic facts for the attorney.

Blog: Paralegal Studies Being Taught in a Virtual Classroom

Nearly a year ago I completed a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies. Having worked in business accounting for twenty-plus years, I was comfortable with my career; that is, until the housing market crashed. Like many working adults, the unstable economy gave me reason to reposition myself in an ever-changing job market. Yet for most adults with longstanding careers, changing careers or adding new skills meant going to college. For those who have full time jobs, family responsibilities, or both, attending college may seem impossible. However, distant learning has provided many adult learners with an accepted, quality education in a virtual classroom.

Interview with Author Charlsye Smith Diaz, PhD

The Legaco Express for Paralegals (LEX):

1. As the coordinator for Technical and Professional Writing at the University of Maine, what do you recommend to paralegals do to improve their writing skills?

Charlsye Smith Diaz:

Paralegals tend to be very good writers, but sometimes working alongside attorneys who had worked for three years in law school to sharpen their own writing skills can be intimidating.

Blog: No, I Can’t Give Legal Advice!

I love my friends, don’t get me wrong, and my best friend, well, there is nothing I wouldn’t do for her. Okay, maybe there are a couple of things I wouldn’t do, like give legal advice or put out a hit, but other than that, I can’t think of too much that I wouldn’t do when she asks for my help. No matter how many times I tell my friends that I can’t give legal advice, they will still call with a question asking me “what would you do!”

Blog: Ethical Walls

When a firm hires a paralegal who has worked for opposing counsel or an opposing client, the entire firm should be notified that an ethical wall is to be erected around the paralegal and that no one may do the following:

Blog: Legal Research: Going Beyond Legal Terminology

One of the many specialized tasks a paralegal performs is legal research. Our extensive training comprises of (but no limited too) research planning, generating keyword search terms and phrases, understanding primary and secondary sources, and knowing how case laws are recorded. Research today is typically performed electronically, via the internet. Consequently, paralegal research training has become extensive, that is, beyond the scope of legal terminology. Performing organic searches on the internet (on any given topic) requires a paralegal to have knowledge in search engine optimization or (SEO), and applying Boolean Logic.