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Here at Silverblatt Law Office we use
paralegals to promote speed and efficiency, while keeping legal costs to a
minimum. Paralegals are a
rapidly growing but distinguishable group of persons who assist attorneys in the
delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training, and experience,
paralegals have knowledge and expertise which qualify them to do work of a
legal nature under the supervision of an attorney. They function much like an
accountant does in a CPA firm or a physician's assistant in a hospital.
In this office we follow the
guide-lines set out by the National Association of Legal Assistants Model
Standards, those set out by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations,
and the American Bar Associationís Guidelines for Utilization of Paralegals. The latter guidelines establish that a legal assistant may perform
any function properly delegated by an attorney, including the following:
1. Conduct client interviews and
maintain general contact with the client after establishment of the
attorney-client relationship, so long as the client is aware of the status and
function of the paralegal and the client contact is under the supervision
of the attorney.
2. Locate and interview
witnesses, so long as the witnesses are aware of the status and function of the
3. Conduct investigations and
statistical and documentary research for review by the attorney.
4. Conduct legal research for review by
5. Draft legal documents for review by
6. Draft correspondence and pleadings
for review by and signature of the attorney.
7. Summarize depositions,
interrogatories, and testimony for review by the attorney.
8. Attend executions of wills, real
estate closings, depositions, court or administrative hearings and trials with
9. Author and sign letters, provided
the paralegal status is clearly indicated and the correspondence does not
contain independent legal opinions or legal advice.
Our paralegals are school trained and
experienced individuals. Your case file, although often handled by the
paralegals, will not have any action taken without the attorney's review and
approval. Be assured that your case is personally monitored, reviewed, and
supervised by Mr. Silverblatt. Further, you always have
the right to meet with the attorneys to personally discuss your case. There will
also be times when you have asked for a legal opinion that the legal assistants
cannot provide. Should this occur, the paralegal will get an opinion from
the attorneys and then relay it back to you or she may have you meet with one of
them so that legal options can be discussed.