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Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Paralegals may not:

  • Give legal advice;
  • Accept cases;
  • Set fees;
  • Appear in court;
  • Plan strategy;
  • Make legal decisions; or
  • Chart directions of a case.

Virtually all states have laws dealing with the practice of law and legal advice which include what a paralegal is allowed to do in that state.

The American Bar Association (ABA) has set some guidelines for the utilization of legal assistant services.  These guidelines are available in PDF format.  See ABA Model Guidelines for the Utilization of Paralegal Services.

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