Morgantown WV Family-Law Paralegal Job Opening
We are seeking a highly motivated and hard working West Virginia family-law paralegal for our busy family law practice group, in our downtown Morgantown, WV office. The paralegal candidate will be responsible for all aspects of family-law case work and support, including drafting of pleadings, discovery, memos and correspondence. Will be responsible for monitoring of cases, case organization, client interaction, communicating with clients, counsel and courts.
Paralegal degrees and/or certifications will be considered but are not necessary. Minimum 1-2 years of law firm experience, specifically including some prior family law paralegal work required. Must possess excellent organizational and communication skills.
Some familiarity with the following most common family-law issues addressed in our practice is required:
- Divorce and separation
- Division of property
- Spousal support/alimony
- Parenting Plans – Visitation & parenting rights and obligations
- Child custody & support
Where Is Job Opening?
This job opening is for our downtown, Morgantown, West Virginia law office. You will be required to report to work on a daily basis. Some flexibility to work remotely or from home may be permitted, after an initial orientation period.
When Is This Job Opening?
This job opened on April 3, 2022 and will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. We are looking to hire in the next few weeks for this family-law position. Priority may be given to qualified early applicants.
Job Type: Full-Time or Part-Time
We are looking for a full-time paralegal to fill this position; however, we may consider a part-time family-law paralegal for a candidate with the right experience and qualifications. This job has a billable hour requirement and the required number of billable hours will be scaled, as will the pay or salary.
Salary & Benefits
Full-time employees qualify for a set, annual salary and all firm benefits, including:
- health insurance
- dental & vision insurance options
Part-time employees are are paid at an hourly rate and qualify for earned PTO.
How To Apply
In order to apply for this position, first read all of the requirements, duties and responsibilities and ensure that you are a properly qualified candidate for this WV family law paralegal job opening.
If you meet all of the requirements, then click on the button at the bottom of this job listing to send an email. Be sure to attach a resume or CV, along with any writing samples and references that you would like for us to consider.
Job Duties and Responsibilities – WV Family Law Paralegal
As a paralegal – you will be expected to be involved in all aspects of our family law cases and caseload, and will be responsible for completing all assignments from the attorneys handling the family-law cases.
Family-Law Paralegal – Specific Job Duties & Responsibilities
- Preparing and drafting motions, discovery, pleadings, orders and decrees, and other correspondence
- Performing legal research
- Maintaining case files
- Scheduling appointments, court appearances, and mediation/deposition hearings
- Calendaring crucial dates and deadlines, as well as reminders
- Maintaining excellent and prompt client communications (act as liaison between the client and attorney)
- Conduct initial client intake interviews
- Conduct ongoing status meetings with clients
- Preparing files for trial and providing legal assistance in trial and hearing settings
- Preparing and reviewing discovery requests
- Preparing and reviewing client discovery responses, including answers to interrogatories, and document productions
Communication is an essential and key element of this job. You will be responsible for maintaining effective communication with clients and regularly communicating with the responsible attorney to ensure continuity and efficiency in case handling.
You will be the primary liaison between the clients and the attorney handling the case and will also interface with the Courts and counsel in cases routinely. Thus, you must have excellent interpersonal communication skills and must be capable of handling clients who may be anxious, stressed and/or upset.
You will regularly be required to memorialize communications with clients, courts and counsel (emails usually suffice); summarize discovery (from clients & opposing party); and provide status updates.
You will not be required to be a “math whiz;” however, many family law cases involve a financial component (e.g. divorce divisions of assets, alimony assessments, child-support calculations); therefore, you should possess the basic skills required to investigate and compute the income, expenses, and assets of the parties and complete a child-support worksheet.
Preparation Of Standardized/Form Documents
You will be required to have or gain a familiarity with all of the standardized form documents that are routinely used in a West Virginia family-law practice. Divorces and custody cases all begin with a set of standard forms that the WV courts use in all cases.
You should have some experience with these forms and how they are to be completed, as you will be responsible for the initial and ongoing communications with clients pertaining to the completion of these forms. These pleadings and forms generally only require basic information, but it is important to pay attention to the details, and ensure that all of the information is completed correctly and accurately.
Initial Client Screening & Client intake
You may be requested to conduct initial calls with clients to initially screen them and determine if they are appropriate and desirable clients for our family practice group. A discussion with all potential new clients should be had, whereby the details of their case and anticipated issues are examined. You may be required to obtain additional information from potential clients, in order to assess potential conflicts or to delve into specific issues in more detail.
You should gather sufficient information from the potential new client to ascertain with the responsible attorney whether we want to accept the case. Once screened as an appropriate client, you will be required to draft retainer agreements, utilizing our preferred forms, with attention to the details and particulars of the new client’s case.
If you have reviewed the job opening details for this position and you believe that you are qualified, you can send an email to begin the application process for this WV Family-Law Paralegal job opening in our Morgantown WV office, simply completing the form, uploading your resume/CV and clicking the button below.
Don’t forget the following:
- Statement/letter of interest
- Writing Sample (optional)
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