What does a Contract Paralegal do?
Time is of the essence.
Having worked in law firms for over eighteen years, I've experienced the time crunches that all busy attorneys live with on a daily basis: appointments with clients, the never ending return phone calls, document preparations, court appearances, court document return dates, accountings, reminders to clients and general meetings to keep your skills updated - just to name a few of your responsibilities!
Add to your already busy schedule all that's involved in the administrative aspect of running a law firm, including advertising for and training new employees. And then there's the new employee learning curve.
I have over twenty four years of experience in all aspects of Estate and Guardianship document preparation including, petitions, orders, affidavits and reports. I have prepared and reviewed fiduciary accountings both judicial and informal, prepared initial, annual and final reports of guardians and prepared asset inventories.
What I do:
- Work with Court Examiners to review annual and final accountings; prepare testimonies, reports of examiners, proposed orders, notices and supporting documents; and follow up with court clerks and judges.
- Follow up with Guardians and Trustees to ensure project completion.
- Meet with attorneys/clients to gather information needed for document preparation and financial reviews.
- File and serve annual reports, final accounts and Court Examiner reports in Supreme Court and Surrogate’s Courts in the five boroughs and Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County.
- Establish working relationships with court clerks in all the counties.
- Prepare affidavits.
- Notarize documents.
- Review assets, analyze financial portfolios and calculate income and disbursements for preparation of accountings and asset inventories.