Virtual paralegals are becoming increasingly popular in the legal industry as they offer a cost-effective and flexible solution for lawyers who need additional support. Virtual paralegals are typically independent contractors with the necessary education, training, or work experience to perform substantive legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
Like traditional paralegals, virtual paralegals are not required to hold a license to perform their duties. However, it is important to note that virtual paralegals must work exclusively under the supervision of licensed attorneys to prevent the unauthorized practice of law. This means that virtual paralegals must refrain from providing legal advice or performing any task that would require a law license.
To ensure that there is clarity between the roles of virtual paralegals and attorneys, virtual paralegals must always represent themselves as paralegals and never as attorneys. This includes avoiding the use of terms such as "lawyer," "counsel," or "legal advisor." Additionally, virtual paralegals must maintain a log of all their clients and projects to prevent conflicts of interest.
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