Paralegal by Definition

“A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.” American Bar Association

A paralegal cannot provide you with any legal advice, or represent you in a court of law. If you have a situation that is beyond the scope of a paralegal, we are happy to assist in finding the right attorney for you.

Frequently asked questions

What's the difference between a Paralegal and a Lawyer/Attorney?


A Paralegal cannot give you legal advice, represent you in a court of law, or appear with you to a hearing. A paralegal can prepare legal pleadings and other legal forms and documents under your direction.




Are Paralegals required to have a license?


No.




I want to file for divorce, but I don't know where my ex is, can I still hire a paralegal?


Yes! You can hire a Paralegal to draft your documents.




How do I know if a Paralegal is the right choice for me?


Are you certain of your legal needs? Have you sought the legal advice of an attorney? If you are filing for a divorce, are both parties in agreement? If you answered yes, then a Paralegal can assist you. If you answered no, you should seek legal advice form an experienced attorney, before a paralegal can properly assist you.




How will I get my documents prepared without coming into the office?


All document preparation services will be completed with the use of email and or postal mail. You will need to download and print the intake form for the service requested. Once completed, upload the intake form to our website or scan and email the form back to us at FranklinPS@live.com. Upon receipt of your intake form, you will receive an email confirmation with further information.




What if I don't have a printer?


We will mail you the intake form and include a prepaid envelope for you to return your intake form to us. Your completed forms will be sent by First Class Mail to your home address or p.o. box. Certified or Priority mail available for an additional fee.





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