Q: When can I meet/discuss my case with the attorney instead of dealing with the paralegal?
If you wish to discuss your case with an attorney, you could simply ask. However, in many firms, until a case is developed to the point of being prepared for depositions and other pre-trial activities, it is often paralegals who are most familiar with the file. Paralegals gather much of the initial information and documentation that comprises the file. They prepare pleadings. They conduct research. It all depends on the way a firm operates, but in many instances, paralegals can know everything in the file better than others in the firm.
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