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Paralegal, law clerk fees proper in attorney fee award

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Family courts in South Carolina are not prohibited from awarding fees incurred by paralegals and law clerks in its award of attorneys’ fees in divorces cases, the state’s Court of Appeals has ruled. The court’s March 16 decision upheld a ...

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Put the blame on VTR: Common pitfalls of a practicing paralegal

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Having worked in a number of offices and in differing sectors of lawyerin’, I have come to know many paralegals. And, over the years, many an aspiring paralegal has asked, “Where do you see the biggest areas for improvement for ...

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Utah courts approve new job designed to fill legal gap

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — People filing for divorce, settling debts or dealing with an eviction could soon have a new option to get help navigating Utah’s legal system. The Utah Supreme Court has approved the creation of a new ...

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Paralegal certification enters its second decade

The North Carolina State Bar was one of the first to implement a certification program for paralegals. Photo by Teri Saylor

The New Year has barely started, and at the North Carolina State Bar offices in Raleigh, Joy Belk is up to her elbows in paralegal certification applications and renewals. As the State Bar’s assistant director for paralegal certification, Belk is ...

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Paralegal work compensable, but total fee must be reasonable

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Relying on a 2011 decision in an out-of-state federal court, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina ruled Jan. 5. that the time spent by paralegals working on a Social Security case is compensable but must not ...

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Controlling the impact of workplace conflict

Workplace conflict can wreak havoc with office culture, especially if it is ignored or handled improperly. Communication breakdowns and lower productivity can result; such situations also breed unhealthy relationships. And the work product is bound to be affected. Distractions. When ...

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Seven strategies for effective IT communication

The speed of technology can seem like a blur at times — is the iPhone 7 really so far away? — and because of that pace, IT communication can be a particularly tough challenge. People who are bombarded with information ...

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Tips for cultivating good LinkedIn karma

Every day, I receive invites to join other people’s LinkedIn networks. Sometimes, the volume of these invites can be overwhelming, but because I find LinkedIn offers great value to my career and business, I attempt due diligence and practice care ...

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If your meetings aren’t productive, change the way you meet

by Michelle Hicks, Dolan Media Newswires BOISE, Idaho– In the average organization, meetings cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year when you calculate the hourly rate of each individual sitting around the table. Meetings also contribute to poor morale ...

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Fast pace, substantive work fuel career in medical malpractice defense

Teresa Smith is never bored.   As a senior paralegal in the medical malpractice defense area of Batten Lee in Raleigh, Smith does it all, from mundane tasks like searching for lost items, to challenging tasks such as planning defense ...

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What a first-timer learned at ABA TechShow

Each spring, Chicago plays hosts to technology buffs who travel far and wide to attend the American Bar Association TechShow. As a first-time attendee, I wondered if I would meet any paralegals attending the event. I’m not sure if I ...

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Eight handy gadgets for the paralegal on the go

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Mobility is key for the 21st-century legal professional. But in order to have a truly mobile office, you need to have the right accessories. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself on the road trying to make do under less ...

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A well-oiled machine

A savvy paralegal can make the difference between a courtroom that grinds to a halt and one that sings with efficiency On a busy trial day when a courthouse is running like a factory on steroids, it grinds out verdicts. ...

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