A legal assistant is responsible for helping attorneys prepare for hearings, closings, trials and other meetings. This help is often in the form of performing legal research and then organizing the information so the attorney can determine the best way to handle the case.
Legal assistants regularly complete drafts of legal form, such as mortgages and separation agreements, and may also assist with preparing tax returns, planning estates and establishing trust funds. Although the duties of legal assistants are vast and similar to the duties of lawyers, legal assistants do not have jurisdiction.
- Work doing the same job as lawyers, without legal jurisdiction.
- Have better employment opportunities when certified.
- Perform a variety of tasks to help lawyers.
- Research facts and past cases to ensure lawyers are prepared for court.
- Work in an office setting.
- Highly organized and have an interest in law.
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