The Independent Paralegal's Handbook - Everything You Need to Run a Business Preparing Legal Paperwork for the Public

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Fueled by growing dissatisfaction with our overpriced legal system, a quiet revolution has been taking place. For over 25 years, more and more people have prepared their own legal papers with the help of independent paralegals, instead of handing their cases over to lawyers.
The Independent Paralegals' Handbook is a practical guide for anyone considering a career as a self-employed legal assistant who wants to help people taking the law into ...
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Overview

Fueled by growing dissatisfaction with our overpriced legal system, a quiet revolution has been taking place. For over 25 years, more and more people have prepared their own legal papers with the help of independent paralegals, instead of handing their cases over to lawyers.
The Independent Paralegals' Handbook is a practical guide for anyone considering a career as a self-employed legal assistant who wants to help people taking the law into their own hands.
This new fifth edition has been updated for the Internet Age, with numerous tips on how to use the Web for an independent-paralegal business. It contains interviews with leaders in the independent-paralegal movement, and discusses:
* legal areas open to independent paralegals
* where to get the necessary training
* the steps necessary to open a legal form-typing business
* what to name your business
* how much to charge
* how to market your services
* strategies designed to avoid unauthorized-practice-of-law charges
* independent paralegals who work for community and social-change organizations
* computers, the Internet and the independent paralegal
The definitive guide on the subject for more than 10 years, this handbook provides crucial legal and business advice for anyone considering a career in this growing field.
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William Fry
An essential book for anyone who wants to provide Americans with affordable legal help, without becoming a lawyer.
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"An essential book for anyone who wants to provide Americans with affordable legal help, without becoming a lawyer." --William Fry, Former Executive Director, HALT (an organization for legal reform)

"FABULOUS! An invaluable tool for both the novice and the seasoned independent paralegal, written by the foremost expert in the field. An absolute must!" --Lois Isenberg, Independent Paralegal, Los Angeles, CA

"I owe my career as an independent paralegal to this practical and inspirational book." Sylvia Cherry, Independent Paralegal, San Mateo, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873374972
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Series: Independent Paralegal's Handbook Series
  • Edition description: 5TH
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
2 The Law
3 How to Do Your Job and Stay Out of Trouble
4 Legal Areas Open to Independent Paralegals
5 Naming Your Business
6 Establishing an Office
7 How to Establish a Good Relationship With Lawyers, Mediators and Judges
8 How to Run a Quality Business
9 How Much to Charge
10 Marketing Your Services
11 Computers, the Internet and the Independent Paralegal
12 Customer Recourse
13 Working for Volunteer, Community or Social Change Organizations
14 Political Organizing for Change
Appendix Interviews
Index

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