Clients are likely to favor a firm that employs paralegals because they make legal
services more affordable - but do they understand paralegal qualifications, the scope
of services, and do they have confidence in the billing rates? What will convince
them that you are adding value to your services?
Paralegals are not licensed or certified by a government agency They are qualified
through education and experience. They typically receive two or four degrees, or
post college certifications or diplomas. ABA approved programs are distinguished
by guidelines that schools are required to renew on a regular basis. Policies about
hiring, including the level of education and experience required, should be stated
Scope of services
Paralegals in Michigan operate under the Guidelines for the Utilization of Legal
Assistant Services adopted from the ABA. They do not render legal advice, retain
clients, accept fees from clients, or split fees. Their responsibilities are closely
monitored and supervised by a licensed attorney at all times.
The employment of paralegals is ultimately one of economy. Clients simply pay less
per paralegal hour than they do for a lawyer with the same level of experience. The
advantages have the potential to persuade a client when they are considering the
cost of legal services.