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DISCLOSURE OF "Non-attorney status":
Paralegals must always take great care in disclosing their non-attorney status so as to never mislead anyone to believe they are authorized to practice law. They must never misrepresent their status to other attorneys; government officials, the courts, or the general public. Paralegals must clearly reveal their non-attorney status on business cards and on correspondence.
FRLO is characterized as Non-Attorney Services.
Our office is currently working exclusively with a local law firm, but historically our team members were characterized as "Freelance Paralegals" which are defined as independent paralegals who work as independent contractors for attorneys on special projects, but who are supervised in this work by an attorney. In order to provide consistency and stability, our services are utilized by a primary local lawfirm; however, should the occassion arise and would like to make an inquiry as to if we can accomadate providing services to other qualified professional please feel free to reach out.
Associates Degree (AA) earned in Paralegal Studies from Riverside Community College.
Juris Doctor (JD) Degree:
A Juris Doctor (JD) degree is a professional degree required to practice law. A Juris Doctor (JD) degree is the professional degree necessary to become a lawyer. A JD degree is a terminal degree—or the highest level of degree you can achieve in a given discipline.
California Southern Law School (CSLS):
The degree-granting authority for California Southern Law School is the Committee of Bar Examiners, and the school was not an accredited law school. Students enrolled in the J.D. degree program at this law school who complete the first year of law study must pass the First-Year Law Students' Examination required by Business and Professions Code Section 6060(h) and Rule VIII of the Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination.
For the past 20 years, employment has been with Fathers Rights-focused attorneys and/or law firms within the Riverside & San Bernardino area.
(a) “Paralegal” means a person who holds himself or herself out to be a paralegal, who is qualified by education, training, or work experience, who either contracts with or is employed by an attorney, law firm, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity, and who performs substantial legal work under the direction and supervision of an active member of the State Bar of California, as defined in Section 6060 , or an attorney practicing law in the federal courts of this state, that has been specifically delegated by the attorney to him or her. Tasks performed by a paralegal include, but are not limited to, case planning, development, and management; legal research; interviewing clients; fact gathering and retrieving information; drafting and analyzing legal documents; collecting, compiling, and utilizing technical information to make an independent decision and recommendation to the supervising attorney; and representing clients before a state or federal administrative agency if that representation is permitted by statute, court rule, or administrative rule or regulation.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a paralegal shall not do the following:
(1) Provide legal advice.
(2) Represent a client in court.
(3) Select, explain, draft, or recommend the use of any legal document to or for any person other than the attorney who directs and supervises the paralegal.
(5) Engage in conduct that constitutes the unlawful practice of law.
(6) Contract with, or be employed by, a natural person other than an attorney to perform paralegal services.
(7) In connection with providing paralegal services, induce a person to make an investment, purchase a financial product or service, or enter a transaction from which income or profit, or both, purportedly may be derived.
(8) Establish the fees to charge a client for the services the paralegal performs, which shall be established by the attorney who supervises the paralegal's work. This paragraph does not apply to fees charged by a paralegal in a contract to provide paralegal services to an attorney, law firm, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity as provided in subdivision (a).
(c) A paralegal shall possess at least one of the following:
(1) A certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association.
(2) A certificate of completion of a paralegal program at, or a degree from, a postsecondary institution that requires the successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester, or equivalent, units in law-related courses and that has been accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization or approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.
(3) A baccalaureate degree or an advanced degree in any subject, a minimum of one year of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks.
(4) A high school diploma or general equivalency diploma, a minimum of three years of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks. This experience and training shall be completed no later than December 31, 2003.
(d) Every two years, commencing January 1, 2007, any person that is working as a paralegal shall be required to certify completion of four hours of mandatory continuing legal education in legal ethics and four hours of mandatory continuing legal education in either general law or in an area of specialized law. All continuing legal education courses shall meet the requirements of Section 6070 . Certification of these continuing education requirements shall be made with the paralegal's supervising attorney. The paralegal shall be responsible for keeping a record of the paralegal's certifications.
(e) A paralegal does not include a nonlawyer who provides legal services directly to members of the public, or a legal document assistant or unlawful detainer assistant as defined in Section 6400 , unless the person is a person described in subdivision (a).
(f) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2004.
Customers may file documents online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal. Transaction fees are waived through June 30, 2020.
Telephonic appearances are available for certain emergency hearings that have not been continued or postponed. CourtCall is available for some matters (and CourtCall fees have been temporarily reduced through April 30, 2020). Telephonic appearance options, including service providers, varies by case type..
The first step is for us to work with you and come up with a plan to get the results you need. Through our understanding of the law and your understanding of the circumstances, we will craft a path to success.
We know that case management can sometimes be overwhelming. We are dedicated to providing services that clearly assoicate the facts to the applicable law. If our services are employed, all work product will be provided to a supervising attorney for review prior to disclosure to anyone outside of the requested firm, including the client.