One of many readers of my earlier article commented: “Whereas I do not know the whole lot, I do know what I do know.” Regardless of my admission that authorized assistants do not know the whole lot associated to legislation, there are circumstances by which we do know the whole lot.
Authorized assistants are the detailers of the authorized occupation. We make the lawyer’s imaginative and prescient of their answer to a consumer’s drawback come to fruition. We get ‘er accomplished.
Many attorneys solely perceive their half within the course of, e.g., doling out authorized recommendation to the consumer, representing the consumer in courtroom, and wording documentation to greatest symbolize the consumer, and so on.; nonetheless, they do not at all times perceive the main points of the method equivalent to correct formatting/dissemination of documentation, which documentation can be most effective to serve the consumer’s wants, and so forth.
On the flip aspect of this equation is the consumer’s misunderstanding of a authorized assistant’s function of their case. Purchasers typically solely contemplate us obstacles by questioning us, our data, and our strategies – they may typically even flat out argue with us. We consider that you simply’re enthusiastic about your case and wish it accomplished the way you need it accomplished; nonetheless, what you might view as a easy straight line from A to B truly requires detours by means of A(1), A(2), A(3), and so forth.
You’ve gotten entrusted the lawyer you employed to symbolize you to the very best of their capacity. The lawyer has entrusted the authorized assistant(s) they employed to assist them accomplish their finish objectives. Authorized assistants are continuously honing their purple tape slicing abilities to a superb edge and, whereas particular person strategies could fluctuate from workplace to workplace, everyone knows what we’re doing… no less than more often than not.
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