Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wikipedia: the differences between a lawyer and a paralegal

Wikipedia says "The greatest differences between lawyers and paralegals are that lawyers can set fees, give legal advice, appear as counsel of record in court, and sign pleadings (and other court documents) in a representative capacity. If a paralegal attempts to do any of these acts, they will be in violation of the unauthorized practice of law statutes that exist in most U.S. states.
Paralegals are responsible for handling tasks such as legal writing, research and other forms of documentation for the lawyers that they work under. Other traditional differences between a paralegal and a lawyer (e.g. attorney) is that: 1. paralegal expertise/training tends to be niche, whereas a lawyer has a much broader, longer, more formal and holistic training, and 2. that the lawyer's primary job is to consider, analyze and strategize, whereas a paralegal's primary responsibility is to carry out the tasks arising from that consideration, analysis and strategy.

[NOTE: this is an opinion of a Wikipedia writer. They probably did research, but they probably have no actual law office experience.]

Please see Empowered Paralegal's well-written caution on Wikipedia as an information source: http://theempoweredparalegal.com/?p=1635

I am not sure whether I agree that paralegals are niche-associated, whereas attorneys have a broader background. The fact is that paralegals can change practice focuses more seamlessly than can attorneys, which I believe makes them far more likely to change practice focuses than attorneys.
Other than that, I guess it's generally true. It doesn't give any of the realism and politics, but I think it's meant as more of an overview than a thorough essay about what we legal professionals do. Afterall, there's probably not enough room on the internet for that anyways.

46 comments:

  1. I agree with your assessment that Paralegals change fields more easily. I work in many different fields (litigation, bankruptcy, patent, real estate) all at once. Most of the Attorneys in those fields know nothing about the other fields.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Ditto Grumpy. I've simultaneously worked in nursing home litigation, collections work, corporate litigation and estate litigation and appellate law. Oh and a smattering of plaintiff PI work at the same time. Only 1 attorney fell into more than 1 of those categories.

    I laugh everytime one of the attorneys from a different department says they have no idea what we do in litigation. I know what they do, I just don't want to do it! :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Maybe they find it risky. Or could be so time consuming. Car Accident Lawyer Macon

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi there, You have performed an incredible job.
    I'll certainly digg it and for my part suggest to my friends. I'm sure they'll be benefited from this site.
    My web page ; check this out

    ReplyDelete
  5. Нey Theгe. I found your blog using mѕn.
    This is а really well ωritten artiсle. I wіll mаkе sure
    to bоokmark іt and return to read more of yοur useful
    info. Thanks foг the post. I'll certainly return.

    my web page :: personal loans
    my site: personal loans

    ReplyDelete
  6. Good post. I lеaгn sοmеthing totаllу new аnd challenging on wеbѕites I stumblеuрon οn a dаily basis.
    It wіll аlways be exciting to гead аrtiсles from otheг writеrs and practice something from theіг sіtes.


    Look at my weblog - payday loans
    my web site: payday loans

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hello, this weekend is nice designed for me, for the reason
    that this moment i am reading this great educational post here
    at my residence.

    Here is my website; found it for you

    ReplyDelete
  8. If you are going for most excellent contents like me, simply pay
    a visit this website daily because it offers feature contents, thanks

    Also visit my blog post - http://www.aluminiosgacumar.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. This blog was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something which helped me. Kudos!

    my weblog; site here

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi, yes this paragraph is really good and I have learned lot of things from it concerning blogging.

    thanks.

    My web blog :: anuncios

    ReplyDelete
  11. I got this web page from my buddy who informed me about this website and at the moment this time
    I am browsing this site and reading very informative articles or
    reviews at this time.

    Also visit my web page; commercial property

    ReplyDelete
  12. Truly when someone doesn't understand then its up to other visitors that they will assist, so here it happens.

    Also visit my web page; treatment for acne rosacea

    ReplyDelete
  13. Appreciation to my father who stated to me regarding this website, this blog is genuinely awesome.


    My webpage - power slimming green coffee

    ReplyDelete
  14. It is aρproρriаte time to mаke sοme plans
    for the futuге аnd it is time to be happу.

    I've read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you few interesting things or advice. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article. I desire to read even more things about it!

    Feel free to surf to my blog post :: payday loan
    my page - payday loan

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hі there tο all, how іs all, I think еvery one is getting morе from this ωeb
    site, and yοur ѵiewѕ аrе fastіdiouѕ
    for nеω users.

    Also viѕіt mу ωeb ρage .
    .. payday loans

    ReplyDelete
  16. Eхcеllent article. Keeр posting such kind of info on уour pаgе.
    ӏm гeally impreѕsеd by your sіte.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on keyword. Regarԁs

    Αlso visit my web site - payday loans

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thank you for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and I am
    waiting for your next write ups thank you
    once again.

    Here is my blog ... Buy Houses norwich (norfolk)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit,
    but other than that, this is fantastic blog. An excellent read.
    I will certainly be back.

    Feel free to surf to my homepage - appliance repair st petersburg rates

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hi there, Thегe's no doubt that your web site could be having internet browser compatibility issues. When I take a look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in I.E., it has some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Apart from that, wonderful blog!

    Also visit my blog - payday loans

    ReplyDelete
  20. The ωrite-up provіdeѕ verіfiеd hеlpful to myѕеlf.
    It’s really uѕeful and you're obviously extremely educated in this area. You have exposed my eyes to different views on this particular topic together with intriquing, notable and strong articles.

    My web-site ... buy viagra online
    Visit my web-site - viagra

    ReplyDelete
  21. AnonymousMay 06, 2013

    Hey There. I found your blog uѕing msn. This iѕ an extremely well written article.
    I ωill make sure to boοkmark it and come back to
    rеad mοre of yоur useful informatіon.
    Thanκs for the post. Ӏ will certainly return.


    my blog: Payday Loans

    ReplyDelete
  22. AnonymousMay 09, 2013

    It's genuinely very complex in this busy life to listen news on Television, thus I simply use web for that reason, and take the latest information.

    Here is my blog ... stuhrling watches

    ReplyDelete
  23. AnonymousMay 09, 2013

    An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on this. And he actually ordered me lunch simply because I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to discuss this topic here on your site.

    Here is my homepage ... fdw.fr

    ReplyDelete
  24. AnonymousMay 10, 2013

    I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I'm not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my problem. You are incredible! Thanks!

    my webpage akribos xxiv watches for women

    ReplyDelete
  25. AnonymousMay 10, 2013

    Pretty! This was an extremely wonderful article. Thank you for supplying this info.


    Here is my site ... affiliate marketing

    ReplyDelete
  26. AnonymousMay 10, 2013

    If some one wants to be updated with most recent technologies afterward
    he must be visit this web site and be up to date everyday.


    my homepage; writing seo articles

    ReplyDelete
  27. AnonymousMay 10, 2013

    We stumbled over here from a different website and thought I may as
    well check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you.

    Look forward to checking out your web page repeatedly.


    Feel free to surf to my blog post: watches for men

    ReplyDelete
  28. AnonymousMay 10, 2013

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about alexa
    models tampa fl. Regards

    Review my webpage relic watches

    ReplyDelete
  29. AnonymousMay 12, 2013

    Amazing things heгe. I'm very happy to see your article. Thanks a lot and I'm taking a look ahead to touch you.
    Will you kindlу dгop mе а mail?

    Here is my ωeb page ... Same Day Payday Loans

    ReplyDelete
  30. AnonymousMay 13, 2013

    Hi, always i used to check web site posts here in the early hours
    in the dawn, as i like to learn more and more.

    Review my weblog ... dl.free.fr

    ReplyDelete
  31. AnonymousMay 13, 2013

    It's remarkable designed for me to have a site, which is beneficial designed for my know-how. thanks admin

    Stop by my weblog: expert appliance repair Riverview area

    ReplyDelete
  32. AnonymousMay 14, 2013

    After looking over a few of the blog posts on your web site,
    I honestly like your way of writing a blog. I book-marked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking
    back soon. Please check out my website too and let me know your opinion.


    Here is my page ... how to get pregnant

    ReplyDelete
  33. AnonymousMay 15, 2013

    Hey, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, awesome blog!


    Feel free to visit my blog post :: somatradu.comze.com

    ReplyDelete
  34. AnonymousMay 16, 2013

    The major complaint that was issued was by a reviewer who thought that the product was a
    bit too pricey. In 1947, together with his son Godtfred, Kristiansen obtained samples of interlocking plastic
    bricks produced by Kiddicraft. Included in the furnishings
    for this area are several books, a telescope, and the
    Vanishing Cabinet.

    Have a look at my blog post: http://Www.Nataledonna.Com/EuniceHVR

    ReplyDelete
  35. AnonymousMay 17, 2013

    For the reason that the admin of this web page is working, no
    question very soon it will be well-known, due to its
    quality contents.

    Have a look at my page :: equity home loan lowest

    ReplyDelete
  36. AnonymousMay 18, 2013

    Нi mу lοѵed one! І want to saу thаt thiѕ post is amazing,
    great written and come with almost all important infos.
    I wοuld like to peеr eхtra poѕts lіke this .



    Visit my wеb blοg - New Bingo Sites

    ReplyDelete
  37. AnonymousMay 19, 2013

    Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long hаvе you been blogging for?
    you made blogging look еasy. The oveгall look оf your
    sіtе is excеllent, as well as the cοntent!


    Αlso ѵisit my blοg payday loans uk

    ReplyDelete
  38. AnonymousMay 19, 2013

    Еxcellent рost. I uѕed to be checκing continuously thіs weblog
    and I'm inspired! Very useful information specially the last part :) I maintain such info a lot. I was looking for this certain info for a long time. Thanks and good luck.

    my web site - same day payday loans

    ReplyDelete
  39. AnonymousMay 20, 2013

    cοnstantlу i used to read ѕmaller articlеs or reνiews thаt as well
    cleaг their motivе, and that is alsο happening ωith this paгagraph whіch I am reading аt thіs timе.


    Have a look аt my ωebpage ... quick loans

    ReplyDelete
  40. AnonymousMay 21, 2013

    I know this site presents quality dependent articles and extra
    material, is there any other web page which offers these data in quality?


    Stop by my weblog - Natural Cleanse Reviews

    ReplyDelete
  41. AnonymousMay 24, 2013

    I think everything composed was very logical.

    But, consider this, suppose you were to write a killer headline?
    I mean, I don't wish to tell you how to run your website, however suppose you added a headline to possibly grab folk's attention?
    I mean "Wikipedia: the differences between a lawyer and a paralegal" is kinda
    plain. You could glance at Yahoo's front page and watch how they create article headlines to grab viewers interested. You might add a related video or a related picture or two to get people excited about everything've got to say.

    Just my opinion, it would bring your posts a little bit more interesting.


    my page :: traditional advertising

    ReplyDelete
  42. AnonymousMay 24, 2013

    Everyone loves what you guys are usually up too.
    This kind of clever work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys I've included you guys to my own blogroll.

    Here is my blog post :: colocated hosting

    ReplyDelete
  43. AnonymousMay 25, 2013

    Thanks for another informative site. The place else may I am getting that kind of
    info written in such a perfect method? I've a undertaking that I am simply now running on, and I've been
    on the glance out for such info.

    My web site; musicos

    ReplyDelete
  44. AnonymousJune 10, 2013

    Great beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your
    site, how could i subscribe for a blog site?

    The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this
    your broadcast provided bright clear concept

    My web site: viagra online **

    ReplyDelete
  45. AnonymousJune 18, 2013

    Currently it looks like Movable Type is the best blogging platform available right now.
    (from what I've read) Is that what you're using on your blog?


    Also visit my site stove repair Temple Terrance

    ReplyDelete
  46. Thank you for sharing this article. I love it. Keep on writing this type of great stuff.

    ReplyDelete