What is a paralegal? Quoting the Paralegal Society of Ontario, "A Paralegal is an individual qualified through education or experience, licensed to provide legal services to the general public in areas authorized by the Law Society of Upper Canada."
We, all paralegals, do not intend to compete with the lawyers, but only to supplement their legal services, so that more people will be able to afford paying legal services for their needs.
What does a paralegal do? It depends on the area of law, he or she is involved. However, in general, the paralegals are preparing the following tasks:
- Performing computer research;
- Checking citations;
- Drafting basic pleadings and discovery;
- Preparing exhibits for filing or trial;
- Preparing materials for trial;
- Interviewing clients;
- Coordinating the preparation of documents;
- Drafting correspondence to courts, clients, or the opposing counsel;
- Contacting courts or administrative agencies for information;
- Taking notes of all the deadlines.
Although the paralegals are allowed to work in many different areas, we specialize in the following:
- Civil Litigation;
- Small Claims Court;
- Residential Landlord and Tenant Issues;
- Labour law and Employment.
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Phone: (613) 238-4093
The Rear View of Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada (Photograph: Irene K.).