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Nature of the work...

Nature of the work...

I spoof a lot about my attorney gal pals, share a pop quiz or two and talk in generalities. The nature of my work as an independent contractor is confidential. I've been sitting on some LinkedIn inquiries about some of the things that I do and finally decided to answer them by not directly answering the questions.

I am going to quote the government instead: "One of a paralegal's most important tasks is helping lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Paralegals might investigate the facts of cases and ensure that all relevant information is considered. They also identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials that are relevant to assigned cases. After they analyze and organize the information, paralegals may prepare written reports that attorneys use in determining how cases should be handled. If attorneys decide to file lawsuits on behalf of clients, paralegals may help prepare the legal arguments, draft pleadings and motions to be filed with the court, obtain affidavits, and assist attorneys during trials. Paralegals also organize and track files of all important case documents and make them available and easily accessible to attorneys."

You can read about Paralegals / Legal Assistants here: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos114.htm

Yes, I have a paralegal diploma. Yes, I have several advanced certificates. Yes, the government trained me as an investigator. Yes, my work product has been used in civil and criminal litigation. No, I am not going to specifically tell anyone what I actually do for the attorneys and/or government employees who assign tasks for me. Being a real estate paralegal is interesting but it doesn't mean I do not function in other aspects of the law. It also does not require that I hold a full carry firearm permit, notary and sales license, but I do...

Don't confuse the tools of the trade with who I am and never define a person by their job title. Supervising attorneys are not interested in your title they are interested in your work product.

The actual nature of the work is quite complicated and the best part about being an independent contractor is the fact that each and every job is a distinct and seperate project.

What I do for my broker and what I do for law firms (or government entities) are very different and distinct things...

It's best to Google what you don't know about a position rather than ask me for information I can't/won't give.


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Comment balloon 4 commentsC Tann-Starr • March 24 2011 02:08AM


I would imagine that ANY work conducted on behalf of any attorney is to be considered confidential work product.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY) over 9 years ago

Jon, very true. Sometimes how we do what we do can also be considered a trade secret.

"Know-how is trade secret information in combination with data, techniques, or human and intellectual expertise, that helps a company exploit a licensed technology. Know-how may help a company achieve better operational efficiency, manufacturing productivity, or product/system quality." Wikipedia

Just because a person knows how to do something doesn't mean they should be running amok babbling about it. Smart people sometimes get paid know-how royalties. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 9 years ago

LOL @ JPF. We'll do lunch when I get back from FL. Promise (LOL) :-D

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

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