Paralegal and Related Occupations
Other titles : court and tribunal agent, legal assistant, notary public, trademark agent
Legal assistants and paralegals prepare legal documents, maintain records and files and conduct research to assist lawyers or other professionals. Notaries public administer oaths, take affidavits, sign legal documents and perform other activities according to the limitations of their appointment. Trademark agents advise clients on intellectual property matters. Independent paralegals provide legal services to the public as allowed by law, or provide paralegal services on contract to law firms or other establishments. Legal assistants and paralegals are employed by law firms, by record search companies and in legal departments throughout the public and private sectors. Independent paralegals are usually self-employed. Trademark agents are employed by law firms and legal departments throughout the public and private sectors, trademark development and search firms or they may be self-employed. Notaries public are employed by government and in the public and private sectors or they may be self-employed.
Main duties :
Legal assistants and paralegals
- assist lawyers by interviewing clients, witnesses and other related parties, assembling documentary evidence, preparing trial briefs, and arranging for trials;
- prepare wills, real estate transactions and other legal documents, court reports and affidavits;
- research records, court files and other legal documents;
- draft legal correspondence and perform general office and clerical duties.
- administer oaths and take affidavits and depositions;
- witness and certify the validity of signatures on documents;
- may draft contracts, prepare promissory notes and draw up wills, mortgages and other legal documents;
- may arrange probates and administer the estates of deceased persons.
- advise clients on intellectual property matters and represent clients before the Registrar of Trade-Marks on matters including prosecution of applications for registration of trademarks;
- advise on the registrability of trademarks, trademark licensing requirements, transfer of intellectual property and protection of existing trademark rights;
- represent clients at proceedings before the Trade Marks Opposition Board and in related proceedings;
- may represent clients internationally in consultation with foreign associates and attorneys.
- represent clients in small claims court and in other lower court proceedings, at tribunals and before administrative bodies ;
- advise clients and take legal action on landlord and tenant matters, traffic violations, name changes and other issues within their jurisdictions.
Regions where this career
has the best propspects:
Diploma of College Studies (DCS)
Program length: 3 years
This program aims to train the student to respond to the needs and demands of different work environments of a paralegal technician. The student must demonstrate the appropriate personal and professional attitudes for the legal field (autonomy, judgement and discernment, analyze judicial decisions, sense of observation, efficiency, discretion and ethics, etc.) as well as their ability to manage their time and to work with purpose.