Litigation Paralegal Services
Trial Preparation for Attorneys
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Susan M Signer Services provides trial preparation paralegal services for criminal, divorce, probate litigation and trust litigation in Florida. We have an in-house paralegal or virtual paralegal specializing in both litigation and legal research to suit your needs.
One important aspect of trial preparation is organization. It is recommended that a trial notebook be prepared for each trial. An experienced litigation paralegal will manage and maintain the case files in a manner which is logically organized. Also, the case information should be easy to extract the pertinent information in preparation of the trial. An organized litigation paralegal is essential for today’s litigation cases.
During the trial preparation process, litigation paralegals are indispensable. It is imperative that a trial plan is created, the entire team is on the same page, and everyone is focused on the tasks they are required to complete in preparation of trial.
Duties A Litigation Paralegal May Perform
Contingent upon the size of a law firm and delegation of responsibilities, a litigation paralegal may perform a diverse multitude of duties such as:
organizing files, exhibits, and trial notebook
coordinate witness and deposition appointments
prepare subpoenas for request for documents and various witnesses
do legal research and discovery
draft pleadings, memorandums of law, and deposition questions for attorney’s approval
any other duties required that may be involved in a trial
The more skilled and reliable the litigation paralegal is the more likelihood the attorney may rely on his or her expertise.
Steps To Take To Organize And Prepare For Trial
As mentioned above, organization and knowing the case is essential for successful litigation. A few steps to follow are:
Keep up with the Case. Ensure there is a trial plan, tickler files, and calendaring is up to date
Communication is the Key. Communicate with the litigation team, clients and attorneys
Retain Records Well. Keep the file in order and documents filed in their respective folders
Know Your Judge. Familiarize yourself and the team about the Judge’s preference of document preparation, Memorandums, Briefs, and hearing protocol
Reflect and Analyze. Take the time to reflect on the case file, analyze the case to determine what needs to be achieved, and review the case file with the attorney to ensure you both are on the same page
Create Visually. Many people are stimulated visually which means slide presentations for trial should reflect visual demonstrations to illustrate the point
Mock Trials. An in-house mock trial will allow the attorney to obtain insight on whether he or she is prepared and provides an opportunity to obtain feedback
Body Language in the Courtroom. There are times that body language may hinder the jury’s perspective. Therefore, having the attorney partake in the mock trials via video allows him or her to be observant of the message he or she is relaying to the jury prior to the actual trial
Know the Courtroom Layout. Is the jury box on the left or right? How many rows are there for courtroom attendees? Where does the bailiff stand? A litigation paralegal should map out the courtroom for the attorney. Videos or pictures obtained of an empty courtroom are helpful.
An Organized Attorney is a Confident Attorney. One of the most important details is the summation of the litigation paralegal’s ability to efficiently organize the trial plan and notebook.
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An Organized Attorney Is A Confident Attorney
If your attorney is organized at trial, he or she is well prepared for the trial. The attorney will display the confidence needed to represent his or her client to the fullest of his or her abilities. There are no guarantees that an attorney will win a case, but you know that he or she was prepared to provide the best legal representation possible for the matter.
Most, if not all of our litigation paralegals may start at any point in the case. You can be certain that your satisfaction is of utmost importance to us. We expect our litigation paralegals to perform the duties agreed to efficiently and in a timely manner. Just give Susan M Signer Services a call when you need a virtual paralegal or in-house paralegal for your litigation cases at 386.898.5015.
We can provide a quote at an hourly rate or a fixed rate for a virtual paralegal or in-house paralegal. You tell us what you want, when you want, and how many hours you want the virtual paralegal or in-house paralegal. Susan M Signer Services will then choose the paralegal that meets your specifications on the agreed upon terms.
Both our in-house paralegal services and virtual paralegal litigation services are provided throughout Florida, primarily serving in Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Ormond Beach, Jacksonville, Palm Coast, Ocala, Astor, Saint Augustine, Ponce Inlet, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Deland, Deltona, and Orlando. Other areas of services provided are in South Florida in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Coral Gables, and in West Florida in Tampa and Clearwater.
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A legal document preparer, Bankruptcy Petition Preparer, virtual paralegal or in-house paralegal is not a lawyer and cannot offer or provide legal advice. Susan M Signer Services is prohibited from representing you in court. In paying for our legal document preparer services, Bankruptcy Petition Preparer services, virtual paralegal services, in-house paralegal services or notary public services, you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to the Disclaimer and Disclosure on our site. Legal document preparation time may vary depending on the package chosen. In general, a legal document preparer or virtual paralegal will have your documents ready within 1-3 business days from the day you provide us with your information. A Bankruptcy Petition Preparer will usually have your Petition and Schedules within 24 hours contingent upon the complexity of your Bankruptcy case. If Notary Public services are required, the notary public fees are included in the document preparation charge. Traditionally, you will receive your typed package by email. Notary Public services are provided for clients who come to our office. Upon request, we will make other arrangements for delivery of your documents prepared by a legal document preparer, virtual paralegal, in-house paralegal or Bankruptcy Petition Preparer, whichever is applicable. The fee for a notary public wedding officiant, who only officiates the wedding, is limited by statute and the wedding officiant is to charge no more than $30. Costs incurred by a wedding officiant or services provided by a wedding officiant are separate from the statutory rate.
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