Legal Office Procedures

ISBN-10: 013220956X
ISBN-13: 9780132209564
Edition: 7th 2007
Author(s): Joyce Morton
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Edition: 7th
Copyright Year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication Date: 5/2/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

This popular book, the only legal office procedure book to receive a 5-star rating on Amazon.com, introduces readers to the career of a legal office assistant. It presents basic legal concepts and the various fields of the law and outlines the preparation of documents commonly used in these fields. It provides the information needed to select documents appropriate for a particular situation, identify the information necessary to complete the documents, and prepare the documents correctly. Comprehensive coverage begins with an overview of the law office; then describes office duties; computers and office systems; legal correspondence; the history of law; the court structure; litigation procedures, including the preparation of legal documents, preparations for trial, and litigation and discovery procedures; family law; wills, trust, and probate; business organizations; real estate; criminal law; legal research; and careers in the law. For legal secretaries, legal assistants, paralegals, and law office managers and staff.

Preface
The Law Office
The Law Office
Technology in the Law Office
Human Relations in the Law Office
Confidential Relationships
The Attorney
The Law Clerk
The Legal Administrator
The Paralegal/Legal Assistant
The Legal Administrative Assistant, Lawyer's Assistant, and Legal Professional
Personal Qualifications
Code of Ethics for Attorneys, Legal Assistants, and Legal Professionals
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assignments
Office Duties
Workplace Telecommunications
Telephone Skills
E-Mail (Electronic Mail)
Faxes
Calendaring
Billing Procedures
Photocopying
Micrographics
Filing Systems
Notarizing Legal Correspondence and Forms
Mail Procedures
Zip Codes
USPS (United States Postal Service) Mail Classes and Services
Travel Arrangements
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assessments
Student Assignments
Computers and Office Systems
The Use of Computers in the Law Office
Definition of a Computer
Types of Computers
Components of a Computer
Computer Software
Communication Networks
Digital Cameras
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assessments
Student Assignments
Preparing Legal Correspondence
Preparing Legal Correspondence
Legal Correspondence Styles
Dictation and Transcription
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assessments
Student Assignment
Court Structure
The Court Structure
Jurisdiction
Venue
Officers of the Court
The Jury
Federal Courts
State Courts
Authority of the Court
Statute of Limitations
Filing Procedures
Court Forms
Filing Fees
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assessments
Student Assignments
Litigation Procedures
Preparing Legal Documents
General Preparation
Guidelines for Preparing Legal Documents
Signature Variations
Legal Cap Documents
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assessments
Student Assignments
The Lawsuit: Preparations for Trial
General Litigation Information
Lawyer-Client Relations
Definition of a Lawsuit
Commencing a Legal Action
Defendant's Pleadings
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assessments
Student Assignments
The Lawsuit: Litigation and Discovery Procedures
The Default
Discontinuance and Dismissal
Discovery Proceedings
Discovery Devices
Notifying Witnesses And Adverse Parties
Pretrial Procedures
Pretrial Conference
Setting the Trial Date
Writ of Execution
Concluding Procedures
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assessments
Student Assignments
Substantive Law
Family Law
Marriage
Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage
Community Property
Quasi-Community Property
Domestic Partnerships
Adoption
Adoption Proceedings
Guardianship and Conservatorship
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assessments
Student Assignments
Wills, Trusts, and Probate
Estate Planning
Wills
Formalities in Making a Will
Who Can Make a Will
Types of Wills
Trusts
Probate
Procedural Steps for the Administration of Probate
Administration of the Estate
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assessments
Student Assignments
Business Organizations
Forms of Business Ownership
The Corporate Organization
Advantages of a Corporation
Disadvantages of a Corporation
Laws Governing Corporations
Types of Corporations
Formation of a Corporation
Corporation Stock
Corporate Dissolutions
Limited Liability Company
Limited Liability Partnership
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assessments
Student Assignments
Real Estate
Classification of Property
Property Description
Ownership of Property
Real Estate Transactions
Deeds
Mortgages and Deeds of Trust
Recording of Documents
Leases
Eviction of a Tenant
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assessments
Student Assignments
Criminal Law
What is Criminal Law?
Criminal Procedures
Criminal Acts
Proof of Crimes
Arrests
Defenses to Crimes
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assessments
Student Assignments
Legal Research
Legal Research
U.S. Legal System
The Law Library
Classification of Legal Research
Legal Citations
Computerized Research and the Internet
Summary
Vocabulary
Student Assessments
Student Assignment
Getting a Job
Getting a Job
Sources of Employment
Applying for a Job
The Cover Letter
Preparing for the Interview
Starting Your First Job
Growing Professionally
Success on Your First Job
Student Assignments
Appendices
Forms of Address
Sample Captions of Court Documents
Index

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