This popular book, the only legal office procedure book to receive a 5-star rating on Amazon.com, introduces readers to the career of a legal office assistant. It presents basic legal concepts and the various fields of the law and outlines the preparation of documents commonly used in these fields. It provides the information needed to select documents appropriate for a particular situation, identify the information necessary to complete the documents, and prepare the documents correctly. Comprehensive coverage begins with an overview of the law office; then describes office duties; computers and office systems; legal correspondence; the history of law; the court structure; litigation procedures, including the preparation of legal documents, preparations for trial, and litigation and discovery procedures; family law; wills, trust, and probate; business organizations; real estate; criminal law; legal research; and careers in the law. For legal secretaries, legal assistants, paralegals, and law office managers and staff.
A book/disk text for students with no background. Coverage includes terminology, background, and legal procedures, with sections on the law office, the legal system, litigation procedures, substantive law, legal research, and getting a job. Practical exercises involve areas such as personal injury, adoption, and criminal law, and a chapter on legal research includes Internet exercises. Contains chapter glossaries and summaries, and sample legal forms presented in the sequence in which they would be used in preparation of a case. Chapter student assessment sections offer multiple choice, true/false, matching, and fill-in-blank quizes, as well as projects with practice data sets based on real court cases. The companion disk contains data sets. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.