Essential Skills of a Paralegal

The paralegal job description as well as other legal worker jobs require various practitioner skills. I think that these can best be summarized through the eyes of a paralegal.

For the purpose of this article I will be look at the three essential skills that a paralegal will need to in order to do a good job.

This essential skills can also be applied to legal assistances and other legal workers also:

Research Skills

This is one of the most essential and important skills for any legal work especially for lawyers and paralegals. With out these skills success is unlikely.

A legal worker is expected to spend a lot of their time doing the required legal research. This is likely to be carried out both online and in a law library.

Effective and accurate research is essential. The ability to cite sources accurately and analyze them are key components here.

Communication Skills

To be a successful legal work the ability to communicate well, will give you an edge over other legal workers.

In the case of a paralegal they will often liase between attorney, client, vendor, secretaries, judges, and other parties.

Learning how to communicate with people from all walks of life is something that all legal workers will have to master.

It is also important to keep in mind that paralegals should keep communications within the law, for instance paralegals and legal assistance are not permitted to give legal advice.

Writing Skills

As a legal worker you should expect to do a lot of legal writing. Some of the common types of document you are likely to be responsible for are as follows

(1) – Drafting Contracts
(2) – Drafting Agreements
(3) – Drafting Wills and Trusts

There are also other documents may need to work with this. So it is essential that a legal worker’s writing is clear and effective.

As well as the three essential legal workers skills above a paralegal can also be expected to use other skills, such as critical thinking.

Much of the core essential skills for a legal worker or paralegal can be gained by taking the relevant training course, for more indepth information about becoming a paralegal or legal assistant visit http://www.whatisaparalegalsite.com/

5 Questions to Ask Before Deciding to Divorce

Deciding to divorce is one of the most difficult things one can ever do. You want to be completely certain that you are doing the right thing, because the choices and decisions you make now will impact you for years to come. It can help to know what questions to ask before taking the plunge, to help ensure that you are making the right decision and are really ready to end your marriage. That said, here are 5 critical questions to ask yourself, and answer honestly, before deciding to divorce.

Do you really want a divorce, or is it just a threat?

Some people use “the ‘D’ word” every time they argue with their spouse, and more often than not, they don’t really mean it. Ask yourself if you are truly ready to close this chapter in your life, or whether your thoughts or words are merely being used out of frustration or anger, without any real truth behind them.

Is this decision coming from emotion or logic?

When you react based on emotions, your judgment can easily be clouded and it can be difficult to make wise decisions. Before deciding to divorce, you want to be sure that the decision is coming from your brain, and not just your heart. Can you really sustain these feelings over the long haul, or are they simply a temporary reaction to an emotional situation?

Why do you want to get a divorce?

It’s important to answer this question honestly. What are your motives for deciding to divorce? If the response is anything other than the fact that you feel your marriage is over, you’ve done everything you can to make it work, and now you sincerely want to end things and move on, then chances are you are not really ready.  For instance, if you’re considering divorce because you hope that by doing so you will somehow change your spouse, you’re approaching it from the wrong perspective.

Have you come to grips with the emotions of divorce?

Many people mistakenly believe that if you’re the one that wants a divorce, it has no effect on you emotionally.  According to New Jersey divorce mediation expert Equitable Mediation Services, nothing could be further from the truth. Divorce is an emotional rollercoaster, and if you’re going to make it through unscathed, even if you’re the one deciding to divorce, you must come to grips with the feelings you’re experiencing. Whether it’s guilt, betrayal, anger or something else, talking to a divorce coach can help you sort out your feelings and gain some clarity before moving forward.

Are you ready to handle the consequences of divorce?

This is especially important if you share children with your spouse. Before deciding to divorce, you need to make sure you’re ready for, or at least aware of, the way life will be post-divorce. Are you ready to share custody, co-parent and work together for the best interest of your children until they are 18? If the thought of doing so is unbearable, you may not be ready to take that big step.

Regardless of what you’ve been through, how long you’ve been married, or what situation you’re currently in, deciding to divorce is a big deal. In fact, it’s life changing. Make sure you’ve answered all of the questions posed here openly and honestly before taking that next step so that you’re truly sure you’re ready and will be able to make peace with your decision.

The Difference between Litigation and Trial Attorneys

Legal matters involving guardianships, wills, and probate estates to name a few, sometimes end up in court. Such troubles are inevitable, and when the time comes that it unfortunately involves you – what type of lawyer will you choose to present your case?

You might think it makes no difference if you either hire a trial or a litigation lawyer. But trial attorneys and litigation attorneys in fact have different functions and bring different skills to a legal case. It’s important to realize the differences between the two so you can make an informed choice as to which legal expert to hire, or if you should hire both.

What can a litigation attorney do for you?

First of all, you have to understand that not all lawsuits go to trial. In fact, the majority of lawsuits are settled even before it can go to court – thanks to a litigation attorney or a litigator.

A litigation lawyer handles the work that happens outside the courtroom, namely: the filing of the lawsuit, conducting legal research and investigation, gathering evidence and filing and or settling motions. His or her specialty is in paperwork and research.

It is common for litigators to attempt mediation so an out of court settlement can be achieved. However, that doesn’t always work and when that happens, your litigation lawyer will take depositions to prepare you and your witnesses for court.

Although litigators know everything there is to know about your case, they may not actually present in court. There are some who are also skilled trial lawyers and will present in front of a judge and jury but it’s more likely they’ll hand the case over to a trial attorney.

Your litigation lawyer will still be involved in the process and may even be consulted by the trial attorney to provide the necessary expert legal knowledge needed to defend your case.

How can a trial attorney help with your case then?

Trial lawyers are well, the lawyers who work at trials. These are the lawyers we usually see on television.

Once your lawsuit gets filed in court, you will need a good trial attorney to present your case in front of a judge and jury. He/she will be the one to question witnesses, present the evidence gathered by your litigator and argue the case in the courtroom.

Trial lawyers are generalists. Unlike litigators who specialize in one extent of law, they don’t necessarily have to be experts in the area of law they’re defending or prosecuting. Their skills lie on their expertise as public presenters and debaters.

Note: The differences between the two, does not necessarily make one better than the other.  They each have to perform different roles and have different functions to serve. Keep in mind that having both legal expertise will increase your chances of winning a case.

When you decide to hire both legal professionals, it would be best to go to a law firm where they have both litigation and trial lawyers. That way, you won’t have to go from one firm to another during consultations.

Author Bio: Karrie Morton is law student at the University of California Irvine and a part time freelance writer, she writes for Integrity Legal Corp , offers Litigation Supports services in Orange County. Karrie loves to debate about the legality of same sex marriage with her fellow students.

Breach of Contract? Get in Touch with Selachii LLP

Selachii, LLP, in Notting Hill, London, pride themselves in their steadfast commitment to clients’ objectives. To that end, their dynamic firm’s partners and associates bring experience, creativity, and tenacious versatility to take on a wide variety of legal issues.

Contract law is one area where a wide variety of litigation is often required. At their core, contracts are simply agreements between two or more parties. In fact, as everyday people going about our daily business, we habitually enter into contracts with one another on a regular basis – a monthly lease, agreements with repair professionals, a mortgage agreement with a bank, terms of employment, various utility services, and even online services. These are but a few examples of what might initially appear to be ordinary and uneventful interactions that the law looks upon as contractual transactions.

Not surprisingly, there are often disagreements. On one hand, minor disagreements can often be resolved by the contracted parties without the need for legal intervention. However, legal consultation is highly recommended when the stakes are high and significant rights, moneys, investments, property or resources remain in dispute.

First, Selachii, LLP offers legal consultation to help clients decide whether or not to enter into a contract under consideration. Expert analysis can determine whether a contract is legally valid and enforceable as well as amply amenable to our clients’ interests (reading the fine print).

Second, their services also help clients determine whether or not there has been a breach of contract – when one or more parties fail to meet their obligations as defined by the contract’s terms and agreements. If a court determines that there has been a breach, the injured party is awarded damages (compensation) for any loss incurred as a result of the breach. Legal expertise at Selachii, LLP enables efficient litigation on behalf of their clients: navigating through the court system by filing complaints, conducting negotiations with opposing parties as well as building solid, compelling arguments before the courts.

At Selachii, LLP, partners and associates are at the cutting edge of litigation in a wide variety of legal issues. Prospective clients can be confident in the benefits of their tenacious and competent pursuit of any due awards.

UK Injury Claims Lawyers and How They Work

Over the last couple of months, we’ve had a lot of web users from the UK, many of whom were based in London.  Some of them were looking for an explanation of how the UK legal system works so we reached out to our friends across the pond at the www.personalinjurysolicitorslondonuk.co.uk website.  They kindly compiled the following overview for us which offers an insight into the UK personal injury law system.

Introduction

No matter how careful we are, there are times when things just go poorly. Occasionally, injuries happen. Sometimes, they aren’t your fault. Sometimes they happen because somebody else was negligent or, even worse, directly caused the injury. Quite frequently, when these injuries occur, we are saddled with the bills out of pocket, even when we shouldn’t be responsible for those costs. However, we are often unaware of our own rights and pay for costs we shouldn’t. There are people who help ensure that our rights are protected and that we get whatever money that is due to use. There people are injury claims lawyers.

Specialist Legal Advice

These lawyers are a specific type of attorney that specialize in dealing with medical claims, lost work and other damages resulting from an injury. They will represent an injured party and do their best to make sure that the party responsible for the injury pays all the costs for which they are liable. These can go beyond simple medical bills. If the injury has caused you to miss work and lose out on wages or use up valuable paid time off, an injury claims lawyer can help you recoup those costs. Also, there are sometimes intangible pain and suffering costs that the attorneys can help you benefit from.

Injury Lawyers Are Not Always Expensive

One thing that prevents the average person from seeing an attorney is the perception that lawyers are exceptionally expensive. While this can be true, there are other options, particularly when it comes to injury claims lawyers. Some lawyers do charge flat hourly rate, and that rate can be very expensive. However, there are other attorneys who do not charge upfront fees because they know that many clients cannot afford the initial costs of a lawyer.

Only Pay if You Win

Instead, many injury claims lawyers work for a large percentage of any judgment that they help you receive. Often, this rate can be in the 30-40% range, however, you only owe the attorney if you win. These attorneys will often offer free consultations to see if they feel you have a strong case and then advise you from there. If you feel you are due money from a responsible party with an injury, you should consider both options. If you can afford the upfront costs, you might save more money in the long run if you win. However, with fee splitting injury claims lawyers, you only pay in you win and don’t have to worry about any upfront costs.

More Information

If you would like more information on how to make an injury claim in the UK then please do visit our friend’s website for more information.

Settlement: Jury Awards $82.5m In Workplace Death Lawsuit

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Jury Awards $82.5M in Workplace Death Lawsuit
Harris County, TX: An $82.5 million settlement has been awarded to the estate of 27-year old Josua Wade Petrie, who was killed in a workplace accident. His estate had initiated a wrongful death suit.
On May 25, 2007, Mr. Petrie was working as a plant operator at a http://attorney-in-palm-desert.com/more-information/workers-compensation/ natural gas processing plant. A hot oil heater had stopped during the previous shift, and Petrie told the other operator on the shift that he was going to try to restart it.
The heater had four burners and pilot lights, which were fueled by gas from the plant. To start the heater, one operator manned a control panel, and a second operator – Petrie – manually opened valves to allow delivery of fuel gas through pipes to the pilot lights and burners.
Petrie and the other operator tried several times, without success, to light one of the burners. Petrie radioed the second operator at the control panel that he was going to try lighting another burner. The second operator began the programmed steps at the control panel and gave Petrie a thumbs-up. Unknown to the operators, gas had accumulated in the area of the burners, and when Petrie tried to light one of them, the heater exploded, killing Petrie.
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Law Suit Filed: Fisker Employment Lawsuit

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Fisker Faces Employment Class Action Lawsuit Over WARN Act Violations
April 9 2013
Houston, TX: An employment class action lawsuit has been filed against Fisker Automotive for failure to provide 60 days notice to employees who were part of recent mass layoffs. Those layoffs are in violation of US and California labor laws.
Specifically, the US Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, a federal law, stipulates that companies with over 100 employees must provide 60 days notice prior to laying off their employees. There is also a similar requirement in place under California state law.
The employment lawsuit against Fisker alleges the company failed to pay the employees their 60 days pay and benefits that they would have been received had they been provided their duly entitled 60-day notice. Further, the lawsuit claims Fisker failed to notify California’s state Employment Development Department of its layoff plans, as well as the local workforce investment board, as well as the top elected officials in Anaheim and Orange County.
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Possible Case: Defective Chrysler Jeep Fuel Tanks And Fires

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Defective Chrysler Jeep Fuel Tanks and Fires
June 13 2013
Detroit, MI: Findings from a two-year investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that that the fuel tanks on 1993 to 2004 Grand Cherokees and 2002 to 2007 Liberty SUVs are significantly more likely to leak and cause fires than those on comparable vehicles. The fuel tanks in these vehicle models are mounted behind the rear axle.
For 20 years there have been reports of some Jeep SUV models bursting into flames after being hit in the back. Further, at least 51 people have died as a result, reports indicate.
Early in June federal safety regulators asked Chrysler to issue a recall of some 2.7 million vehicles affected by the defect. Chrysler has refused to issue such a recall, and now has a deadline of June 18 to formally respond to the request for a recall.
“Our data shows that these vehicles may contain a defect that presents an unreasonable risk to safety,” David Strickland, NHTSA administrator, said in a statement. “NHTSA hopes that Chrysler will reconsider its position and take action to protect its customers and the driving public.”
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Possible Case: Outbreaks Of Hospital Superbug Crkp On The Rise In California

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Outbreaks of Hospital Superbug CRKP on the Rise in California
San Francisco, CA: A new study has found that a rare and deadly superbug, carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP), is infecting hospital patients in large numbers in Southern California.
The study, by the Los Angeles County Department of Health, found 356 cases of CRKP occurred over seven months in 2010. All the incidences were reported in health care facilities including hospitals and nursing homes.
According to a report on CNN.com, CRKP has been reported in 36 states, but health officials suspect that it’s not being reported in the other 14 states, where reporting is not required.
This study is the first of its kind in LA County, and the investigators were reportedly surprised by how high the CRKP infection rates were. And, they noted they are not sure why the superbug is so prevalent.
CRKP tends to infect elderly patients who have multiple health problems, and who have catheters or on respirators, as foreign objects can prove good breeding grounds for the bacteria. Colistin is the only antibiotic found to be effective in most but not all cases.
According to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2008), previous outbreaks of CRKP have been associated with a 35 percent incidence of death. Hand washing by staff has reduced the incidence of CRKP infection in some hospitals.
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Settlement: $688m Settlement Awarded In Vytorin Class Action Lawsuit

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$688M Settlement Awarded in Vytorin Class Action Lawsuit
October 2 2013
New York, NY: A $688 million settlement has been approved by a federal judge effectively ending claims that Merck & Co. Inc. and its subsidiary Schering-Plough Corp. concealed test results on the efficacy of their anti-cholesterol drug Vytorin.
US District Court Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh signed the orders this visit this page week, approving the $688 million settlement Merck and Schering-Plough offered in February just prior to the class action’s trial date. Merck and Schering-Plough porposed making the settlement to avoid going to trial scheduled to begin in March. Neither defendant has admitted any wrongdoing.
The massive settlement will end claims against the companies for the vast majority of the class, save for 187 plaintiffs who opted out, according to the order.
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