STOP!! Read this Metadata Info NOW Including Florida Bar Articles and Clerks Resources

This is serious business folks… you MUST become aware of what information you are providing when you send a document out.. Forget about e-filing.. but what about e-mailing a proposed document to opposing counsel, to a co-counsel or to a client… or even to a Judge?? Are you 100% sure you want them have information that isn’t on the face […]

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Are you a civil law notary? Probably not!!

Are you really a civil law notary? By Michael Blank – Bar’s UPL Department paralegal A recent check of The Florida Bar’s website showed that 2,721 individuals have included “civil law notary” in their online profiles as a service they can provide. The list includes 24 inactive members and 12 Florida Registered Paralegals. The problem is the Florida Secretary of […]

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The top 7 takeaways from the 2015 Federal Rules Amendments

The ABA has published an article summarizing the key changes in the upcoming 2015 Federal Rules Amendments .. You can read the full article HERE. Can rule changes streamline litigation to make discovery proportional to the case, improve case management, cut down foot-dragging in response to document requests, eliminate “over-preservation” of records and expedite deadlines?  Effective December 1, 2015, amendments […]

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Law Office Management: Ten Tips from a Paralegal’s Perspective

Carl Morrison is a certified paralegal with a specialty in civil litigation where he concentrates in the areas of general insurance defense, as well as complex litigation matters. Carl is a real paralegal superstar, he teaches seminars, webinars, in house training programs and he is also an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College. He is also a published author, having written numerous […]

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LinkedIn: Connecting with Strangers – Yes You Should!

Like me, I am sure you have heard from many people, articles or even from LinkedIn itself that connections should be limited to “people that you know and trust.” Perhaps you treasure your LinkedIn connections list and wouldn’t even consider sending a connection request to someone you aren’t already professionally (or personally) involved with. Ask yourself this question, if you […]

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The Fringe Benefits of Continuing Legal Education by Shawn Stoner

The Fringe Benefits of Continuing Legal Education Fringe Benefits are typically defined as employment benefits given in addition to wages or salary, such as health insurance, a pension or a company car. But a fringe benefit can be defined as any additional benefit in any situation. For example, increased energy is a fringe benefit of regular exercise. In the same […]

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What do you hate about being a paralegal?

Many of us have a love hate relationship with our paralegal career. I recently posed this question on LinkedIn and while surprisingly few people said “stress” or “long hours”, the number one complaint related to the dredded billable hour… “timekeeping” or “billing”.  In fact, it was my answer as well. Don’t get me wrong, I understand and fully embrace billing […]

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