Legal Secretary Jobs – Eight Things You Might Do In a Legal Job

If you are thinking of applying for a legal secretary job its important to understand what exactly the job entails. We’ve come up with eight duties which are common to many legal secretaries.

Plan and Organise Schedules – Solicitors are very busy people, so it’s important to keep their diary and schedule well organised. Solicitors usually charge their clients by the time they spend down to the minute. As a consequence it’s really important for legal secretaries to help create an organised schedule.

Prepare Documents – There are all kinds of documents that are created in law firms for both internal and external purposes. Often the legal secretary will be responsible for producing these documents. The paper work can vary from law firm to law firm, client to client but the responsibility usually falls upon the legal secretary.

File Legal Documents – If a case is going to court a lot of paperwork is usually required. At many law firms legal secretaries submit and produce these forms on behalf of their solicitors. They require meticulous attention to detail and obsessive accuracy. Each of the documents is hugely important so a legal secretary needs to be trustworthy.

Assist Trial Preparation – The solicitor is responsible for much of research that goes into a trial, however a significant proportion of the preparation is carried out by the legal secretary. Because of these responsibilities it’s important that you have a good understanding of the basics of law and a passion to learn more.

Type Letters to Clients – there is a lot of typing in the job. If you have great touch typing skills you are going to be a popular legal secretary. Legal documents can be long and there is often a great deal of the correspondence between solicitors and clients so typing up letters is likely to take up a significant proportion of a legal secretary’s time.

Carry Out Research – as precedent is such an important part of the legal process high quality comprehensive research is vital. As a solicitors’ time is at such a premium often the duty of research falls to their legal secretary.

Maintains Files – Legal cases can quickly become complicated beasts. Because accurate documentation is so important, the organisation of the client files is an art in itself. Legal secretaries usually provide this administrative support to the law firm they work for.

Meets Clients – one of the most enjoyable aspects of a job in law is the contact with clients. As the legal proceedings are so important to the clients they really appreciate the help and attention of a professional legal secretary.

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How a Blog Can Work Better Than a Diary For Your Thoughts

I have to admit; I’m pretty new to this blogging lark. It all seemed a bit too technical for me, so it wasn’t until a cruel twist of fate (redundancy at very short notice) gave me a little bit of time to actually have a go at this fairly recent phenomenon. I expect that most people at first find the whole thing a bit daunting, but once you get into it, it’s really not that bad!

I actually started off by making myself a website – admittedly I started off with a free one but did decide to buy myself a more substantial domain name. They don’t really cost too much. Finally, feeling quite proud of myself, I felt confident enough to have a go at this blogging thing. I think at first I was concerned at how much information needed to be out there, but I soon discovered that you could add as little or as much personal information as you wish and a blog is more of an outlet for thoughts and ideas rather than personal details. Then feeling much safer in my own little corner of this new blogging world, I launched myself into it, adding links, details, ideas, extra pages etc.

Of course it doesn’t literally have to be you own personal diary, not the sort that other people shouldn’t read but on the contrary, it’s a public diary, things you do that you want to share, things you feel other people might like to know or in fact should know, and things that you think might even be able to help others, even if it’s just your little secret on how to ice cupcakes!!

It can really work well in certain situations such as travelling especially, even people who don’t usually keep a diary, do tend to keep one while travelling. This is purely because so many things happen that sometimes photos just can’t capture it all. Besides a holiday diary is one you want to share with the whole world. It’s not only good for showing friends and family what happened on your adventures together with your photos, but posting it on your blog can also make the whole thing into something quite special, it’s more like scrap booking online, it’s one step up from a diary, it makes things come alive more than simply writing in a book would, and it can even prove useful for other people who may be travelling to the same place as you.

Think how many people you give your travel tips to when you return or when you discover someone else is making that same trip, these bits of information, although they may seem a little insignificant may even save someone’s trip from disaster, even if it’s just making sure you let someone know to double check that their luggage is actually on a small plane from Kenya to Zanzibar!!!! By word of mouth you could help maybe a handful of people avoid any mistakes you made, now imagine putting that information global. You could help thousands of people enjoy their holidays more just because you chose to impart a tiny helpful piece of information, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is.

It’s not only travel that it works well for of course, but would also be useful for recording hobbies, club activities etc. This way it’s a public diary used for relaying information to other members or other people who share the same hobby as you. Of course the best part is that it’s interactive, you can add as many or as few gadgets onto your blog as you want, giving readers the chance to ask questions, post comments or even become a follower.

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Health Diary – A Guide To Call An Ambulance

Your health diary can be a valuable repository of information related to your health and well being. Suppose you or your loved one met with an accident, or are in some kind of medical emergency. A lot of people have gathered and want to help. Some are even medically qualified. But they do not know your medical history. For example, they do not know if you have are allergic to any particular medicines, or if you have a heart disease or a particular medical condition that need special attention. If they did have all this information they would be able to avoid any medical complications, they would also be able to give you better medical attention.

Your health diary is a place where you can store such information. You can then give your username and password to those medical personnel who would need this information and in this way you can make your entire medical history and profiles accessible to those who need it. A primary contact detail, which to be reached in case of an emergency/accident is the most important of all. In this section, you can store the name address and other contact information of the person who is to be contacted and this person’s relationship with you. Similarly, you can store a secondary contact details

Then come the medical contact details where you can store the name and phone number of your physician, dentist and your pharmacy. Basic health issues should be stored
Such as eye care, dental care, your family history, your history of allergies, and immunizations already done.

Basic health information should also be there, to store information such as your date of birth, gender, height, weight, marital status, ethnicity/race, blood type, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and even information about any medical implants such as a pacemaker, or an artificial lens implanted during your cataract surgery, or a steel rod implant that holds together a fractured bone. In addition you can store information about any dentures, dental implants, braces, orthodontia, tooth filling, teeth extracted, maxillofacial surgery, if any…and a lot of other valuable information related to your dental health.

Your ophthalmologists and optician’s contact information and all your eyewear prescriptions that spell out details of your vision in each eye can also be recorded.

A family history section can be made which will reflect the medical details of your family members. In many cases, family medical history has proved to be very useful in understanding the patient’s current medical condition and even making future predictions. Any previous family medical diseases that the family is prone to, can be recorded here.

Modern medical science has now understood the influence of lifestyle on a person’s health. A life styles section can have the details of you exercise routines, if any, your food and drink habits. Do you smoke? Consume alcohol? Are you a vegetarian or non -vegetarian, are there any particular vitamins that you take regularly? If you have allergies, store the information related to those allergies here. This way, if and when you do have an emergency then the doctors treating you will be better of knowing about these allergies and can avoid a case of you developing any allergic reactions.

A miscellaneous section should always be there. This section of your health diary shall contain information about immunization or vaccination that you have takes in your life, your health insurance and other legal documents related to your health. This information can be used to pay your insurance premiums and evaluate the same.

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What Is the Difference Between a Legal Separation and a Divorce?

A legal separation is different from a divorce because it does not put a legal end to the marriage. Different states have different laws in reference to what technically defines a legal separation. Some states require you to go to court and obtain a court order that outlines the rights and responsibilities of each spouse; while other states simply recognize a couple having a legal separation if they sleep in different rooms and abstains from being intimate. (Be sure to check with your state to determine the laws defining legal separation vs. divorce). Either way, you remain legally married but are choosing to live separate lives. You are still able to address division of assets and/or debts, alimony, child custody and support and visitation schedules by filing for a legal separation that is filed with the county. You are NOT, however, allowed to marry someone else if you are legally separated. You must obtain a divorce to remarry.

Many people choose to remain married but separated for a number of reasons. For some, it is a financial decision – having two separate households in this economy can be especially draining, including paying for separate housing and health insurance. For others, it is simply to be able to see their kids on a regular basis but not having the same marital interaction with their spouse. Other couples decide to remain married for religious reasons. Many couples also just need time apart to decide if divorce is really the direction they want to go. Very often, couples have realized that divorce is not the answer for them and have ultimately reconciled.

A divorce can be defined as a legal action between married people to terminate their marriage agreement before the death of either spouse. The process a couple goes through for a divorce is very similar to issues addressed with a legal separation. If the decision to divorce is made, you both should try to sit down and negotiate responsibilities between yourselves if possible. If this is not an option, a divorce attorney or mediator will become a necessity to divide assets, determine custody arrangements & spousal support. Remember, a well written legal separation agreement can be easy to convert into a divorce settlement agreement so it’s smart to negotiate and agree on a separation agreement that you are willing to live with long term. This will not only save you time, but could ultimately save you a lot of money in attorney’s fees.

Depending on the reasons for the separation, you will need to document daily activities for future reference should the relationship move towards divorce. It is your responsibility to document daily happenings whether you decide to terminate the relationship or not. You and your spouse may choose to repair the relationship, but unfortunately, it could eventually end up in divorce. It can sometimes take years for a divorce or child custody case to be finalized so it is imperative to write in your journal daily. You may also be required to refer back to a certain date or occurrence if you end up back in court after finalization for amendments to your decree.

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