A paralegal also known as a legal document assistant is a person trained in legal matters who performs tasks requiring knowledge of the law and legal procedures. A paralegal, like a lawyer, can be employed by a law office or work freelance at a company or law office. Paralegals are not allowed to practice law directly to the public on their own and must perform their legal work under an attorney or law firm. Many paralegals may have their own company and are called Law Agents, providing services such as settlements, court filings, legal research and other auxiliary legal services. These tasks often have instructions from an Attorney or Lawyer attached. Other tasks may only be the title of a task to be performed with no instructions of how it is to be completed. Often the instructing legal entity relies on the expertise of a paralegal in regard to how compliance is to be met in completing tasks. The State of Florida requires a paralegal license when offering such services.
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