Can I use a paralegal for divorce?

You can use a paralegal to prepare legal papers but not for legal advice – that would be practicing law without a license.  Paralegals can run anywhere from $50-$100 per hour (which is much better than the $200-$500 per hour charged by lawyers).

In my lengthy case (three years and counting), I have frequently used a paralegal to prepare court papers. It is simply not worth the time to prepare them myself (they have to be typed a certain way then notarized then delivered to the court) and I refuse to pay a lawyer $1000 for basic clerical work. It is well worth paying $100 for a paralegal to do the leg work.

Often I can even email drafts of my pleadings back and forth before the final version is submitted. Of course, I am now intimately acquainted with Nevada divorce law and process so I am in a good position to know what I would like to put in my documents. Paralegals simply cannot give you advice on what to ask for – but they can give you a lot of advice about the legal process and how to file documents. My advice is to read all the posts on this site then go see a paralegal to file your documents. If you need to represent yourself in court, consider using an attorney in an unbundled capacity, and failing all else, retain a lawyer (or here or here).

The difficult part is to find a paralegal who is skilled at the craft. Fortunately, the paralegal I use is simply excellent. Dads can contact Equal Rights for Divorced Fathers for a referral.


17 Responses to Can I use a paralegal for divorce?

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    Looking for a paralegel to help do divorce papers

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  5. Glad you found a good resource for your case. If you can find the time to educate yourself for a do-it-yourself divorce, there really is only two reasons to hire an attorney: 1. for the legal advice that you couldn’t find an answer to, especially if it’s really, really complicated. 2. to represent you in a court of law, all of which you can avoid if you educate yourself in the first place – which is what you did for yourself. When you know what you need to get done, then hire a legal document professional to do the work for you. Why pay higher prices with an attorney? If you really feel like paying for the attorney’s nice office furniture, or their student loans from law school, then go ahead, I guess, and pay more. They will ask their paralegal to do the paperwork anyway. What we are saying, is cut out the middle man.

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