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.
DEBORAH BARBOUR is a paralegal at McManis Faulkner, where she has focused her practice on family area. Ms. Barbour is a member of the Paralegal Association of Santa Clara County. She received her A.S. degree in paralegal studies and paralegal certificate from Humphreys College of Law.
B. J. FADEM is a senior attorney and president of the Law Offices of B J Fadem & Associates, APC. Within the area of family law, Mr. Fadem has extensive experience in handling palimony, international jurisdiction matters, domestic partners/same sex marriage, and difficult custody cases. He is a certified specialist in family law by the State Bar of California. Mr. Fadem is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association (Family Law Section), National Association of Counsel for Children, Santa Clara County Minors Counsel Committee, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, and the State Bar of California. He was appointed by Retired Judge LaDoris Cordell to serve on the San Jose Independent Police Auditors Advisory Commission, and continues to serve on the Commission. Mr. Fadem earned his B.S. degree from San Jose State University and J.D. degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law. He is an international mediator as certified by University of California Hastings Law School.
NICOLE M. FORD is a sole practitioner with Law Offices of Nicole Ford where she practices in the areas of family law, civil harassment restraining orders, surrogacy contracts, and international child custody and Hague child abduction. Ms. Ford is admitted to practice in California. She is a member of the State Bar of California and the Santa Clara Bar Association. Ms. Ford earned her B.S. degree, cum laude, and B.A. degree, cum laude, from Santa Clara University and her J.D. degree from the University of California Davis School of Law.
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