By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
The paralegal staff at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. are highly trained, experienced paralegals who have been with the Firm for more than 10 years. They serve both the divorcing clients of the Firm, and the lawyers who advocate for those clients. When a new client retains the Firm for legal representation in a divorce case, the client is assigned to a paralegal and attorney team, because that is the most cost effective way for the client to get through the process.
The paralegal will handle all the administrative and ministerial tasks on a divorce matter. She works at a much lower billable rate per hour than does a divorce lawyer. She does things like assist the client with filling out financial affidavits or finding an accountant for the client to work with on this task. She will issue to your spouse or the attorney representing your spouse, the standard requests for mandatory disclosure of financial information, standard interrogatories, requests to produce documents, and also schedule when these things are due back pursuant to the Family Law Rules. She will remind the divorce lawyer when these documents are due back, so if they are not back timely, the lawyer will then do a motion to compel and for fees for having to do so. The paralegal will organize and log in all this discovery, which could be boxes and boxes of documents.
Paralegals generally schedule and keep the attorneys calendar of conferences, meetings, mediations, depositions, court hearings; she will coordinate these with opposing counsel’s office and the judicial assistant to the judge assigned to the case. She will hire translators, appraisers, private investigators, real estate agents, gather information about life insurance, credit cards, and perform other helpful services to the divorcing client. She will notarize documents, send pleadings to opposing counsel, file documents in the courthouse, courier urgent deliveries of documents, write letters, issue subpoenas, all in service of the client’s best interests during this pressing time.
Paralegals keep a divorce case moving from point to point to point with clarity, efficiency, accuracy, and diligence. They are invaluable to the attorneys who they work for, and priceless to the divorcing clients they work with.
For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com.