Why a Paralegal?
Denise often gets asked the question: What exactly is a paralegal? What can we do? And how are we different than a lawyer? Below are the answers to your questions.
What is a paralegal?
The Law Society of Ontario regulated paralegals back in 2007. A paralegal can act as the right hand of a lawyer in a law firm, but they can also stand on their own two feet and carry on their own practices.
Paralegals are licensed legal professionals, who are educated to handle legal matters independently, require insurance, and are regulated by the same professional code of conduct that lawyers are.
What can we do? (paralegal services)
There are limits to the area of law. Paralegals can assist their clients in Criminal Court (summary convictions), Small Claims Court, Landlord and Tenant, Human Rights Tribunal, Immigration Matters, as a Consultant (member of CAPIC), Provincial Offences matters, and WSIB.
How are we different from a lawyer?
The biggest benefit of hiring a Paralegal for your legal matter is cost; paralegals charge less than a lawyer. In addition to being a cost-effective paralegal resource, we are usually more experienced in the above paralegal services since lawyers are normally focused on lawyer-ing in their educated legal arears.
To add to this, many lawyers will refer to paralegals when confronted with paralegal services. So, the next time you have a need for a lawyer, consider if it may be a job that would be better suited for a paralegal.
Let Denise be your paralegal to represent you in your legal problem.