Family Lawyer Traylor-Sadberry issues article series on Legal Assistant occupation
As more tasks in a law office are delegated away, the beneficiaries are the clients, notes Ayn Traylor-Sadberry, Esq. in her new article series
By: Law Offices of Ayn Traylor-Sadberry, P.C.
The Legal Assistant has evolved into a critical component of the modern law office. Today, most law firms and businesses with legal departments could not function without them. In fact, it seems that Legal Assistants already handle most of the day-to-day routine legal support, including gathering information from clients. However, there have been some dramatic changes since the 1990s due to the fact that the number of attorneys has increased significantly, and at the same time the rise of personal computers and the Internet has changed the way lawyers and Legal Assistants work. In fact, the economic pressure is on to transfer more and more legal work assignments to Legal Assistants to keep a law firm or other business competitive.
This four-part article reviews how Legal Assistants are used today, how work assignments are divided up between lawyers and Legal Assistants, and what ethical requirements apply.
The reality today is that a large part of client interactions is handled by Legal Assistants, such as gathering necessary information, drafting forms, applications and pleadings, and providing answers to questions about the contents of the client file and missing documents. Thus, Paralegal work is not quite as dull as it appears from the O*NET description. In fact, most of the colorful day-to-day client interactions are presumably handled by Legal Assistants, subject to ethical rules.
Ayn Traylor Sadberry is a domestic relations & family law attorney in Birmingham, Alabama. Ms. Traylor-Sadberry received her B.A. degree in 1966 from the University of Oklahoma, her M.A. in 1973 from the Oklahoma City University, and her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law in 1981. She was admitted as an attorney in Alabama in 1989.
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