Ah, Autumn! The summer heat abates, school children head for the bus stops and Virginia lawyers scramble to finish their required CLE credits.
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The Wisconsin Supreme Court held recently that a law firm could pay a paralegal a percentage of the gross proceeds from cases on which the paralegal worked. The Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation had argued in In re Weigel that the compensation plan violated the prohibition on sharing legal fees with a non-lawyer.
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Nearly all companies issue employee handbooks or personnel manuals to their employees. There is no legal obligation to do so, but employees have come to expect them and companies find them useful tools for communicating expectations, policies and practices.Read More »
Thanks to the growing number of free, user-friendly blog hosting platforms, these days anyone really can be a writer, and many paralegals are discovering a satisfying outlet in blogging. Topics range from professional development to dressing on a budget, along with everything in between.
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There are a lot of different ways to win at trial and just as many missteps that could put a lawyer on the losing end of a verdict. Every attorney has a different strategy when approaching a trial, but most would agree that the more advice they can get, the better off they will be.Read More »
Kelly A. Farrow is the assistant director to the board of paralegal certification with the North Carolina State Bar. Farrow coordinates and manages paralegal certification and education programs for certified paralegals. She worked as an intellectual property paralegal for 10 years before joining the North Carolina State Bar in 2012.Read More »
What is still overlooked by attorneys as their firms progress through this cycle of life — even as the digital revolution continues to affect every area of our lives — is that technology is no longer just an add-on or afterthought to legal expertise.Read More »
Read the September 2012 edition of Carolina Paralegal News, including stories on embezzlement, insurance plans, law school marketing, and new guidelines for online juror research.Read More »
There is plenty of talk about power and politics in a presidential election year, and it will only grow more heated as Nov. 6 gets closer. Whether you lean left or right – and even if you stand up straight in the center -- you navigate a political landscape every time you go to work.Read More »
Welcome back to my mini-series on “frienemies,” those legal professionals that many of us either love or hate, depending on the day. Today I highlight another frienemy: the law clerk.Read More »
Although the vast majority of paralegals work with attorneys and assist in a particular law practice, a few eschew the traditional job description and start their own business.Read More »