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Smith Debnam Attorneys at Law - Raleigh office

Family Law Paralegal

Location: Raleigh, NC

This position is responsible for providing administrative and legal support for our attorneys in litigation with a focus on family law. Duties include document drafting, typing dictation from attorneys, research, client interaction, monitoring hearing schedules, and management of case files.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Draft affidavits and complaints and attach necessary supporting documentation to prepare files for filing of lawsuits.
  • Prepare replies to counterclaims, serve and answer discovery, process consumer disputes and complaints, and draft memorandums of law.
  • Prepare requests for extensions of time and prepare continuances.
  • Communicate with the client to obtain responses to discovery.
  • Summarize discovery responses from adversary attorneys/defendants.
  • Work closely with attorneys on escalated matters, arbitrations, trial prep, and witness requests
  • Assist in trial preparation, including making, copying, and organizing exhibits and compiling exhibit notebooks.
  • Record and track deadlines through docketing and calendaring processes
  • Negotiate and prepare settlement agreements.
  • Ensure files are ready for hearings by reviewing case notes, drafting appropriate motions and orders, and labeling documents.
  • Provide case updates via email to clients by monitoring, updating, and reviewing account information regularly.
  • Screen telephone calls, incoming mail, and other correspondence from court personnel, sheriff deputies, local counsel, defendants, and adversary attorneys
  • Monthly online compliance training/testing
  • Perform legal research.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by management and/or supervising attorney(s)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Minimum of 1-3 years of paralegal experience with knowledge of Rules of Civil Procedure a plus.
  • Associate degree and/or Paralegal Certification for North Carolina preferred
  • Knowledge of hearing or litigation laws with an understanding of the litigation process.
  • Intermediate to advanced skill level in Microsoft Office products including Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Experience using electronic filing systems.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to work in a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong ability to analyze and problem-solve.