As a new paralegal, it is important to remember that there is no such thing as a silly question. Your organization hired you as an entry-level paralegal. They don’t expect you to know how to do everything yet. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice from other paralegals or your supervising attorney. I’ve seen too many problems arise later in the case that could have been less costly if questions were asked.
Keep a project list
On top of your to-do list, you might want to start keeping a case project list. This is a list of all of the cases you need to do, who assigned those projects to you, what the project is, and its due date (both the “want by” and “need by” dates, if applicable). Why bother having more than one list? While you might put tasks on your daily to-do list that help you complete these projects, having a project list will actually prevent you from forgetting the bigger picture as you work towards completing those projects. There might be days when you do not work on these projects at all, but this will help you make sure that you actually are working on them.
Write yourself a checklist
There is probably a long list of things that you need to prepare for the cases you are working on. Don’t just try to remember whether or not you have done those things or what exactly you need to do. Keep a “master to-do list” on your computer that has the list of everything you have coming up on all of your cases. Then print out the list by case and tape each case’s to-do list to the front of the case file or binder. That way, you can always know exactly where you are in that case and what you need to do. If you can include deadlines for those tasks, even better. This will make compiling your daily to-do list much easier and will ensure that nothing is left undone.
Paralegals can get a degree in as little as one to two years, unlike other types of careers. Although a paralegal degree is a basic requirement for a high paying job in this field, there are some schools who also offer certificates. Another thing to keep in mind is that most of the attorneys prefer candidates who have attended an ABA-approved paralegal school.
You can help others a lot, many of them when they are suffering through one of the most difficult experiences of their lives. Helping someone through a difficult phase and then seeing how they have benefitted from your services will turn out to be very satisfying for you in the end.
Landlord And Tenant Board
The Landlord and Tenant Board’s role is to resolve disputes between most residential landlords and tenants and to provide information about the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA).The Board holds hearings in regards to issues between Landlord and Tenant. Both parties have rights under the Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act and both parties can apply to the Board if their rights were violated. Renting any type of residential unit will be way more secure with a Tenancy Agreement. Written Agreement is not mandatory but it is always better and necessary to prove the terms and conditions you agreed upon signing. Both landlords and tenants have certain rights and responsibilities to each other. Landlord and tenant paralegals in Toronto can help you make sure that those rights are protected.Similarly, hiring a small claims paralegal in Toronto can also turn out to be very helpful, mainly because court staff cannot give you any legal advice and litigation is a knowledge-intensive enterprise.