We would like you to meet the legal team of McGrath Law Firm NH! We will be running a series on Tuesdays called Meet the Legal Team Tuesdays and highlight one of the team members on our Facebook page. (Pictured top left clockwise, Marianna, Darlene, Leeann and Lindsay.)
Most everyone has an idea of what the job of an attorney entails within the law office, but do not know what the non-attorney roles are inside the day-to-day operations. There are often many roles within a law firm ranging from our receptionist, also known as or our director of first impressions, to legal assistants/paralegals, the billing and bookkeeping department, and the office administrator. Every employee plays a vital role in making sure the law firm functions and operates smoothly.
What is the role of a paralegal within a law office?
The role of a paralegal within a law office can vary. In short, a paralegal (or legal assistant, which you’ll see used interchangeably) contributes to keeping the office working at maximum efficiency.
A skilled paralegal can actually do quite a bit within the law office, but must be under the supervision of an attorney. There are however, some restrictions within the job of a paralegal. For example, a paralegal cannot go to court on behalf of a client, cannot offer legal advice, and cannot set fees. Though there are these limitations, there is plenty of other work a paralegal can do, to not only help the attorney, but can save the client money as well. A paralegal can conduct legal research, prepare documents and pleadings, schedule appointments, call clients on behalf of the attorney, handle closings, and perform many other duties within the office.
Each law office and attorney within that office, has different expectations for the work paralegals are responsible for. It is up to the attorney to delegate that work, supervise the paralegal, and oversee the file at all times. It is critical that the attorney in charge of the file has trust in the paralegal. The attorney/paralegal relationship is essential in making sure each case is handled as efficiently and effectively as possible.
What do the McGrath Legal Team paralegals have to offer?
Team McGrath paralegals offer a great deal of experience and stem from a variety of backgrounds. Over the coming weeks we will give you the opportunity to get to know a little bit about the paralegals and staff within our office.
Team McGrath paralegals are encouraged to attend continuing education classes involving law and technology to keep up with industry trends. Team McGrath paralegals are also encouraged to contribute their thoughts and perspectives on cases to assist the attorney with their zealous representation of the client.
The majority of the paralegals at McGrath Law Firm have 15-20+ years of experience in the legal industry and are happy to speak with you concerning your legal needs and schedule you to see an attorney.
The seasoned attorneys at the McGrath Law Firm, founded by Attorney Peter McGrath, with locations in both New Hampshire and South Carolina, will walk you through every step and address your concerns to achieve your goals as efficiently as possible and protect your legal rights. McGrath Law Firm has a successful track record in all aspects of law, including, but not limited to, personal injury, estate planning, business counseling and collections, criminal matters, real estate, civil litigation, etc. Call us to schedule your consultation at (603) 224-7111.