LDA Services Offered to Attorneys
With a paralegal handling the administrative basics of the practice, attorneys are able to take on larger numbers of cases. Plus, since paralegal fees are less than attorney fees and can be billed separately to clients, it’s possible to do the same amount of work and make the same amount of money without charging as much. Word spreads as a practice becomes known for being reliable, affordable and successful. Along with the increased communication with clients that paralegals can offer, this opens the door to an expanded client base.
Elements of Information Provided
Our case brief formatting begins with the name and citation of the case.
The first section of the case brief contains a description of the facts of the case.
The second section will contain a brief description of the procedural history of the case, that is, a short description of what happened at the trial level and at the appellate level, or what types of motions were filed and when.
The third section usually contains a short statement of the main issue or issues that the case addresses.
The fourth section contains the holding of the case, i.e., the ultimate outcome.
The last section contains a discussion of the court’s analysis. The name of the judge or other information may be included in a miscellaneous section.
Concurrences or dissents receive some discussion.
Our briefs are no longer than two pages; easy to read so that the reader does not have to spend much time understanding the reasoning of the case.
Whether this written document is drawn up by an
attorney for a party in a lawsuit or by a party himself
or herself appearing pro se case briefs are invaluable. A case brief concisely states four necessary elements:
(1) issues of a lawsuit;
(2) facts that bring the parties to court;
(3) relevant laws that can affect the subject of the dispute; and
(4) arguments that explain how the law applies to the particular facts so that the case will be decided in the party's favor.
In Propria Persona paralegals write legal arguments, in a format prescribed by the courts, stating the legal reasons for the suit based on statutes, regulations,
case precedents, legal texts, and reasoning applied
to facts in the particular situation;
to summarize a precedent case or lay out in writing a
legal argument. which means extracting the rule of law,
the reasoning (rationale), the essential facts, and the
outcome of giving a summary of important information to
the trier of fact.
In Propria Persona paralegals can help boutique law firms and single practicing attorneys with brief submissions to
lay out their argument for various petitions and motions
before the court (sometimes called"points and authorities"), to counter the arguments of opposing lawyers, and to provide the judge or judges with reasons to rule in favor of the party represented by the brief writer.
Once a lawyer has passed the bar exam, it does not take much to start his or her own practice other than renting office space and hanging up a shingle. Thus, it is not surprising that the law offices of sole practitioners are probably the biggest single category of practicing lawyers.
Small and Mid-Size Law Firms:
Depending on your location, a law firm that has between two and 50 attorneys might be considered “small” or “mid-sized.” (In a small town, a firm often attorneys might be considered mid-sized, but in Chicago, that would be considered fairly small).