PROBATE PARALEGAL (Wilmington Office)

To apply, please send resumes to hrwilmington@cshlaw.com.

FLSA Status:

Non-exempt

Reports to:

Supervising Attorney(s), and/or HR Director

Employment Status:

Full time – 40 hours per week

Supervisory Responsibilities:

No

Last Evaluated:

July, 2015

Summary:

A paralegal assists attorneys in performing their job, enhances attorney effectiveness by providing information and legal support, as well as representation of the attorneys to clients and others.  Paralegals perform a variety of tasks, including drafting legal documents, reports, and summaries, performing research, and preparing for depositions, settlement conferences, motions, trials, and hearings.

Minimum Qualifications:

4 year degree, or paralegal certificate from an accredited paralegal program, or at least 10 years’ experience working as a paralegal

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; i.e., Word, Outlook, etc.
  • Minimum typing speed of 50 wpm
  • Knowledge of NetDocuments (Document Management Software), and Elite helpful
  • Must be flexible/detail oriented
  • Excellent client service or interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle conflicting priorities
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to provide paralegal support for two or more attorneys
  • Ability to complete tasks in a timely fashion
  • Ability to manage/meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, or as part of a team, using initiative in all aspects of assignments
  • Keen observation skills
  • Prior North Carolina WC Paralegal Experience a plus
  • Working knowledge or familiarity with NC and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Evidence

Expectations:

  • Regular attendance 5 days per week – consistently on time (unless pre-approved or modified schedule)
  • Accuracy of work product
  • Aspire to record 100 or more billable hours per month

Physical Demands:

  • The paralegal position requires long periods of sitting at a keyboard drafting documents and/or correspondence, or doing other data entry.
  • Some light to moderate lifting of files will be required, along with some bending, stooping and reaching.
  • Occasional travel may be required.

Essential Functions:

The workers’ comp paralegal position may involve some or all of the following duties:

  • Handle probate matters in all levels and stages of Estate Administration including, but not limited to, preparing Petitions and Orders to be seen and heard before Assistant Clerks of Courts, Clerks of Courts and County Judges;
  • Coordinate the transfer of both Probate and Non-Probate assets;
  • Preparation of and recording of Special Warranty deeds;
  • Record daily billable time in time and billing system;
  • Prepare conflict check worksheets upon receipt of new cases and set up case files upon firm’s acceptance;
  • Calendar deadlines, hearings, client reporting requirements, discovery, and other events and deadlines in document management system;
  • Draft correspondence, case status reports and budgets;
  • Draft pleadings, including answers, motions, notices, orders, calendar requests, subpoenas, affidavits, and other court filings;
  • Draft discovery requests and responses;
  • Draft Settlement Agreements and Releases;
  • Schedule mediations and depositions;
  • Confer with clients/insureds regarding discovery responses, mediation, depositions, etc.;
  • Locate, contact and/or interview parties, witnesses, and experts;
  • Communicate with opposing counsel, co-counsel, clients, insureds, expert witnesses, court personnel, and others, to facilitate progress of cases;
  • Communicate with vendors regarding copying, preparation of exhibits, imaging, etc.;
  • Prepare information to be provided to experts, including pleadings, demographics, and medical records, and maintain a record of the same;
  • Review and analysis of large quantities of documents for confidentiality/privilege/work product/relevance prior to production to plaintiff’s counsel;
  • Maintain deposition errata sheets;
  • Prepare medical and event chronologies;
  • Summarize depositions;
  • Summarize discovery responses from other parties;
  • Prepare and update indices of pleadings, discovery, and other file materials;
  • Organize, analyze and maintain case file, including documents, discovery, pleadings, medical records,  and trial notebooks;
  • Perform online research regarding criminal record, driving record, and civil suit histories;
  • Perform legal research;
  • Cite-check briefs and assist in preparation of supporting exhibits;
  • Create databases, code documents, and load deposition transcripts into Eclipse;
  • Assist with preparations for hearings/mediations/trials, including preparation of exhibits, power point presentations, notebooks, etc.;
  • Maintain attorney deadlines and calendar;
  • Any other related tasks that may be assigned by Management or supervising attorneys.