Minneapolis, MN asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Minnesota

Q: When should you be able to discuss your case with the attorney instead of the paralegal?

2 Lawyer Answers
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Houston, TX

A: A suggestion would be to inform the office respectfully that you’d like to speak directly to the attorney about a particular matter. Sure accommodations could be made. Every firm handles this differently. Good luck to you.

Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: There is no set threshold; if you wish to speak with an attorney, you could ask to speak with one. However, because many firms bill attorneys at higher hourly rates or dedicate attorney time to trial and other higher level efforts, paralegals could often know details of a file better than the attorney. It all depends on the firm, but many tasks associated with document gathering, interviewing, fact-verifying, preparing pleadings, research, etc. are handled by paralegals.

Tim Akpinar

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