Saratoga Springs, NY asked in Legal Malpractice for New York

Q: I think my attorney's paralegal drafted my will - is that okay?

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Michael Bersani
Michael Bersani
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  • Legal Malpractice Lawyer
  • Auburn, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Yes, as long as the lawyer reviewed and approved it.

Michael Bersani
Michael Bersani
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  • Legal Malpractice Lawyer
  • Auburn, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: yes, as long as the lawyer reviewed it and approved it.

Susan Chana Lask
Susan Chana Lask
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  • Legal Malpractice Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: A paralegal can not draft a will. Only an attorney should draft a will, review it, discuss it with you and finalize it with the appropriate revisions, if any. Now, if the paralegal created an initial draft and the lawyer reviewed it, revised it and finalized it then that is fine. In sum, a lawyer must supervise his non lawyer staff and is always ultimately responsible for any documents produced for you.

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