There are many benefits to hiring a Paralegal; the main benefit of course is the affordability factor. Paralegals, as a whole, on average, charge much less than other legal service providers. Therefore, making the court systems accessible to all, rather than that of just the upper class.
The education that Paralegals receive is specific to the areas of law they are allowed to practice. Paralegals are unable to practice all types of law, for this reason their education is fine tuned to the areas they are allowed to service. Thus, they have a greater knowledge and understanding of the law they are going to practice once they are finished their educational program.
Paralegals are comparable to lawyers, in the sense that we both are regulated by the same law and principles. We both are required to meet specific standards of learning, professional competence, and adhere to a professional conduct that is appropriate for the legal services we provide.
Next time you require legal help; remember you might not need to go to the most expensive person to get the job done. Do your research; Paralegals are just as competent, educated and knowledgeable as any other legal service provider. The best part, Paralegals are usually half the price.
David A. Reid Paralegal Associate
Browne & Associates Legal Services