What Circumstances Might A Paralegal Direct A Settlement Meeting?

1398 Words Dec 1st, 2014 6 Pages
ISSUES
1. Can a paralegal conduct interview for the objective of providing potential client with information concerning legal fee and representation?
2. Under what circumstances might a paralegal direct a settlement meeting?

ANALYSIS
1. Can a paralegal conduct interview for the objective of providing potential client with information concerning legal fee and representation?
Courts generally have held that a paralegal and or legal assistant can achieve the objectives of communication and to provide potential clients with information concerning legal fees and representation if instructed by the supervising attorney. However, a paralegal and or legal assistant cannot provide a potential client with legal advices, accept cases, appear in court, and or provide decision(s) to the case(s). Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Morgan Joseph Hallmon, 343 Md. 390; 681 A.2d 510; 1996, a District of Columbia attorney employed his wife, Carole Cloud who is a law school graduate and is not admitted to practice law in any jurisdiction. Carole was hired as Office Manager, Coordinator, and Law Clerk of the firm. She performed legal work for a client of the firm, which mostly were reviewed and approved by the supervising attorneys Morgan Joseph Hallmon and Eric Cloud, her husband. Attorney Hallmon had given Ms. Cloud full responsibility of handling the case in which he has been kept aware and up to date with the proceedings and details of the case. The court stated: “The New…
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