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Legal Office Procedures

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Edition:
6th
ISBN13:

9780130496218

ISBN10:
0130496219
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2004
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 THE LAW OFFICE
1(78)
The Law Office
2(16)
Objectives
2(1)
Human Relations in the Law Office
3(1)
Confidential Relationships
3(2)
The Attorney
5(1)
The Legal Administrator
6(2)
Legal Assistants
8(1)
The Legal Secretary and the Legal Support Staff
9(1)
Personal Qualifications
10(3)
Code of Ethics for Attorneys, Legal Assistants, and Legal Secretaries
13(3)
Summary
16(2)
Vocabulary
16(1)
Student Assignments
17(1)
Office Duties
18(25)
Objectives
18(1)
Telephone Systems
18(1)
Telephone Skills
19(3)
Calendaring
22(3)
Billing Procedures
25(2)
Photocopying
27(3)
Micrographics
30(1)
Filing Systems
30(1)
Notarizing Legal Correspondence and Forms
31(3)
Mail Procedures
34(1)
Zip Codes
35(1)
Postal Services
35(3)
Other Delivery Services
38(1)
Summary
39(4)
Vocabulary
39(1)
Student Assessments
40(1)
Student Assignments
41(2)
Computers and Office Systems
43(18)
Objectives
43(1)
The Use of Computers in the Law Office
43(2)
Definition of a Computer
45(1)
Components of a Computer
45(7)
Computer Software
52(3)
Communication Networks
55(1)
Summary
55(6)
Vocabulary
57(1)
Student Assessments
58(2)
Student Assignments
60(1)
Preparing Legal Correspondence
61(18)
Objectives
61(1)
Preparing Legal Correspondence
61(1)
Legal Correspondence Styles
62(10)
Dictation and Transcription
72(2)
Summary
74(5)
Vocabulary
74(1)
Student Assessments
75(2)
Student Assignments
77(2)
2 GENERAL INFORMATION
79(26)
History of Law
80(9)
Objectives
80(1)
What is Law?
80(1)
Jewish Law
80(1)
Roman Law
81(1)
Civil Law
81(1)
Criminal Law
82(1)
Feudalism
82(1)
English Common Law
82(1)
Law in the United States
83(2)
State Law
85(1)
Summary
85(4)
Vocabulary
86(1)
Student Assessments
86(2)
Student Assignments
88(1)
The Court Structure
89(16)
Objectives
89(1)
Jurisdiction
89(1)
Venue
90(1)
Officers of the Court
90(1)
The Jury
90(1)
Federal Courts
90(2)
State Courts
92(4)
Authority of the Court
96(2)
Statute of Limitations
98(1)
Filing Procedures
98(1)
Court Forms
98(1)
Filing Fees
99(1)
Summary
99(1)
Vocabulary
100(1)
Student Assessments
101(2)
Student Assignments
103(2)
3 LITIGATION PROCEDURES
105(72)
Preparing Legal Documents
106(18)
Objectives
106(1)
General Preparation
106(1)
Guidelines for Preparing Legal Documents
107(2)
Signature Variations
109(1)
Legal Cap Documents
109(9)
Summary
118(1)
Vocabulary
118(1)
Student Assessments
119(1)
Student Assignments
120(4)
The Lawsuit: Preparations for Trial
124(26)
Objectives
124(1)
General Litigation Information
124(1)
Lawyer-Client Relations
125(2)
Definition of a Lawsuit
127(2)
Commencing a Legal Action
129(6)
Defendant's Pleadings
135(6)
Summary
141(9)
Vocabulary
141(1)
Student Assessments
142(2)
Student Assignments
144(6)
The Lawsuit: Litigation and Discovery Procedures
150(27)
Objectives
150(1)
The Default
150(1)
Discontinuance and Dismissal
151(1)
Discovery Proceedings
151(1)
Discovery Devices
152(4)
Notifying Witnesses and Adverse Parties
156(1)
Pretrial Procedures
157(1)
Pretrial Conference
157(7)
Concluding Procedures
164(1)
Summary
165(12)
Vocabulary
165(1)
Student Assessments
166(3)
Student Assignments
169(8)
4 SUBSTANTIVE LAW
177(146)
Family Law
178(34)
Objectives
178(2)
Marriage
Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage
180(11)
Community Property
191(1)
Quasi-Community Property
191(3)
Adoption
194(12)
Guardianship and Conservatorship
206(2)
Summary
208(4)
Vocabulary
208(1)
Student Assessments
209(3)
Wills, Trusts, and Probate
212(33)
Objectives
212(1)
Estate Planning
212(1)
Wills
212(1)
Formalities in Making a Will
213(2)
Who Can Make a Will
215(1)
Types of Wills
215(5)
Trusts
220(2)
Probate
222(4)
Procedural Steps for the Administration of Probate
226(2)
Administration of the Estate
228(6)
Summary
234(11)
Vocabulary
235(1)
Student Assessments
236(3)
Student Assignments
239(6)
Business Organizations
245(26)
Objectives
245(1)
Forms of Business Ownership
245(4)
The Corporate Organization
249(3)
Advantages of a Corporation
252(1)
Disadvantages of a Corporation
252(1)
Laws Governing Corporations
252(1)
Types of Corporations
252(1)
Formation of a Corporation
253(6)
Corporation Stock
259(2)
Corporate Dissolutions
261(1)
Summary
262(9)
Vocabulary
263(1)
Student Assessments
264(2)
Student Assignments
266(5)
Real Estate
271(31)
Objectives
271(1)
Classification of Property
271(2)
Property Description
273(1)
Ownership of Property
274(1)
Real Estate Transactions
275(2)
Deeds
277(2)
Mortgages and Deeds of Trust
279(1)
Recording of Documents
279(5)
Leases
284(1)
Eviction of a Tenant
285(7)
Summary
292(10)
Vocabulary
294(1)
Student Assessments
295(2)
Student Assignments
297(5)
Criminal Law
302(21)
Objectives
302(1)
What is Criminal Law?
302(2)
Criminal Procedures
304(3)
Criminal Acts
307(4)
Proof of Crimes
311(1)
Arrests
311(1)
Defenses to Crimes
312(1)
Summary
312(11)
Vocabulary
313(1)
Student Assessments
314(2)
Student Assignments
316(7)
5 LEGAL RESEARCH
323(20)
Legal Research
324(19)
Objectives
324(1)
U.S. Legal System
324(1)
The Law Library
325(2)
Classification of Legal Research
327(5)
Legal Citations
332(5)
The Internet
337(2)
Summary
339(4)
Vocabulary
339(1)
Student Assessments
340(2)
Student Assignments
342(1)
6 GETTING A JOB
343(34)
Getting A Job
344(33)
Objectives
344(1)
Sources of Employment
345(1)
Applying for a Job
346(6)
The Cover Letter
352(3)
Preparing for the Interview
355(5)
Starting Your First Job
360(1)
Growing Professionally
361(1)
Success on Your First Job
361(8)
Student Assignments
363(6)
APPENDICES
1 Forms of Address
369(2)
2 Sample Captions of Court Documents
371(6)
Index 377

Excerpts

The material in this book has been organized in a logical, step-by-step manner to provide the terminology, background, and knowledge of the legal procedures required to work in a law office. Overall, the text is simple and concise, designed to assist students who have little or no background in the legal field. For practical applications, the Student Assignments at the end of each chapter provide relevant and interesting projects to complete that deal with various areas of the law. ORGANIZATION OF EACH CHAPTER The text follows a logical organization, with chapters building on each other and on prior chapters. Each chapter provides an excellent learning experience and is organized as follows: Objectives Chapter text Summary Vocabulary Student Assessment Student Assignments Objectives are listed at the beginning of each chapter that identify the material to be covered in that chapter. The chapter text reflects this organization and presents the material in an orderly manner. The summary reviews the material presented in the chapter, and the vocabulary provides definitions for the words highlighted in the chapter. The student assessment provides questions that evaluate the learning process and reinforce understanding of the topic covered. The student assignments provide relevant and interesting learning activities that have been taken from a sample law office. ORGANIZATION OF THE TEXT The 16 chapters are organized into six main parts: Part 1 The Law Office Chapter 1 provides a background of the law office and those persons involved in its operation. Chapter 2 provides an overview of the duties required of the legal support staff. Chapter 3 provides information on the dramatic changes that have occurred in the law office as a result of advances in technology, software, and telecommunications. Chapter 4 discusses the preparation and formatting of legal correspondence. Part 2 General Information This section focuses on the history of the law in Chapter 5, providing background on our present legal system, and Chapter 6 discusses the court structure and its influence on the legal environment. Part 3 Litigation Procedures Chapters 7, 8, and 9 deal with preparing legal documents and the procedures involved in the litigation process. This section covers the preparation of pleadings and other court papers used in civil matters, from the initial filing of a lawsuit through discovery, trial, and the appellate procedures. Part 4 Substantive Law Part 4 (Chapters 10 through 14) describes the other areas of the law, such as family; wills, trusts, and probate; business organizations; real estate; and criminal law. These chapters focus on increasing your knowledge of the law while providing activities that improve document processing skills and understanding of the procedural sequence. Actual legal cases that have been adapted into practice sets provide realistic training in these areas of the law. Part 5 Legal Research Chapter 15 provides information on the U.S. legal system and the sources for doing legal research. Activities provided at the end of the chapter make use of Internet search procedures that relate to the legal field. Part 6 Getting a Job Chapter 16 helps those seeking employment as a legal office assistant in a law office to assess their strengths and weaknesses and outlines a guide to prepare for employment and develop a job search plan to achieve that goal. This chapter discusses sources for employment, suggestions for preparing a resume, the letter of application, and follow-up procedures. FEATURES OF THE BOOK This book contains many features that provide excellent information and training for the law office staff. CD-ROM Documents have been recorded on the CD-ROM that is located in the pocket in the back of the book. This dis


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