Why a Paralegal?
We often get asked the question: What exactly is a paralegal? What can we do? What is the benefit of hiring a paralegal vs 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 work in a law firm, corporations or 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 independent 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.
What is the benefit of hiring a paralegal vs a lawyer?
The biggest benefit of hiring a Paralegal for your legal matter is cost; paralegals charge less than a lawyer.
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.