Many have this idea that paralegal is equivalent to a lawyer. The real fact is not that. Paralegals are more like the assistant to the lawyer. They don’t have the authority to offer legal advice, as many may believe. However, they are trained to do many tasks which a lawyer normally doesn’t perform.
By assigning duties like drafting documents, performing legal research and writing, proofreading, or bookkeeping to the paralegal, the lawyer can take more time out and concentrate on other projects. Thus the lawyer can devote a maximum of his professional time to more crucial topics. This further helps in saving costs too since the paralegal’s time is usually billed at a much lower rate than the attorney’s.
Paralegal staffs work for lawyers who cover varied and huge practice areas. Thus law firms or legal professionals who handle fields like litigation, bankruptcy, family law, foreclosures, probate, and estate planning, collections, business/corporate, personal Injury, securities law can definitely benefit by hiring paralegal services.
Such services can be broadly divided into two parts, based on skills and specialization: There are certain paralegal services which are voluminous but demand low-end skills.