'Legal Assistant's Reference' a helpful guide

Paralegals and legal assistants perform many of the functions of an attorney and must comply with a daunting array of rules, regulations and ethical obligations closely tracking those that apply to lawyers.

Their work requires broad knowledge of legal forms, the procedures established by a variety of courts and the key steps in the trial process.

"The Legal Assistant's Complete Desk Reference: A Handbook for Paralegals and Assistants" is written to help paralegals and assistants navigate the complexities with confidence.

Massachusetts attorney Ursula Furi-Perry, who teaches paralegal courses at Bridgewater State College and Northern Essex Community College, provides the scope and definition of the proficient legal assistant in six easy-to-use sections.

The book begins by providing context with a look at a day in the life of a legal assistant. Furi-Perry also discusses court systems and procedures; the preparation of legal instruments, documents and filings; legal research and writing, and trial preparation.

She also focuses on the areas of legal practice from the perspective of the legal assistant. Along the way, Furi-Perry presents helpful career guidance, from obtaining employment to furthering skills through continuing education.

The handbook is enhanced by a CD-ROM of sample forms and letters, a state-by-state resource guide, a glossary of common legal terms and a thorough index.

"For paralegals and assistants nationwide, 'The Legal Assistant's Complete Desk Reference' represents a trustworthy roadmap for efficiently discharging their myriad responsibilities," a spokesperson said.

"The Legal Assistant's Complete Desk Reference: A Handbook for Paralegals and Assistants" published by ABA Publishing costs $199.95 and $149.95 for ABA members.

To order the book, visit www.ababooks.org or call 1-800-285-2221.

Published: Mon, May 30, 2011

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