As a family law paralegal, your role is multi-faceted. You serve as the client confidant, information manager and attorney liaison all at the same time. While many of the issues you deal with on a regular basis will have their similarities, no two cases will be exactly alike - and the emotionally charged nature of the divorce process only adds another layer of complexity. Building processes and procedures that help you to effectively manage your multiple responsibilities will not only help you to become more efficient and effective, but increase your potential for professional growth. Register today!
Gather and organize information that will help the attorney to assess the case.
Locate hidden assets that are critical to the final outcome.
Draft preliminary discovery documents that are standard in most cases.
Create financial statements that will accurately represent a client's financial status.
Effectively manage case documents throughout the process.
Identify potential problem areas based on information received.
Establish procedures for working with experts both before and during trial.
Calculate arrearage and wage assignments when handling support issues.
Manage property division and distribution with minimal problems.
STEVEN R. ASHBY is a sole family law practitioner in Tucker, Georgia. Mr. Ashby has concentrated his practice in family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, wills and probate. He received his Bachelor of Science degree, with highest honor, from Georgia Tech; and his Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia Lumpkin School of Law.
RACHEL PLATT is an attorney and founding member at The Platt Law Firm in Georgia, where she practices in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support, modifications, contempt, adoptions, paternity and legitimation, and special education law. Ms. Platt is a member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Atlanta Bar Association. She is trained as a guardian ad litem, as a mediator and in collaborative divorce. Ms. Platt earned her B.S. degree from the University of Georgia and her J.D. degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.
DAVID B. PURVIS is a partner with The Manely Firm, P.C., where he practices in the areas of family law, divorce, custody and visitation, child support, and adoption. Mr. Purvis is a double alumnus from Georgia State University and graduated with a B.A. in history and his J.D. degree from the College of Law. During law school, he was the president of the Student Bar Association and received the Patrick Wiseman Moot Court Award. He is an active member of the community, serving as an ambassador for the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Savannah Bar Association, and serving on the Pro Bono Committee for the Georgia Legal Services Program.
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