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Legal Office Procedures

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ISBN13:

9780130155979

ISBN10:
0130155977
Format:
Paperback w/Disk
Pub. Date:
1/1/2001
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

For courses in Legal Office Procedures, Legal Procedures, Introduction to Legal Office Procedures, Legal Secretarial Procedures, Legal Support/Assistant Procedures, and Introduction to Paralegal/Legal Assisting. Designed as a total concepts/applications learning experience, this text presents basic legal concepts in various fields of law, outlines the preparation of documents commonly used in those fields, and provides hands-on examples and projects involving data from actual cases. The approach simplifies a complicated subject into a logical, meaningful course that prepares students for successful careers as law office support staff, and provides instructors with a total instructional program that is both interesting and easy to teach.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part 1 The Law Office 1(80)
The Law Office
2(16)
Objectives
2(1)
Human Relations in the Law Office
3(1)
Confidential Relationships
4(1)
The Attorney
5(2)
The Legal Administrator
7(1)
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(1)
Vocabulary
16(1)
Student Assignments
17(1)
Office Duties
18(26)
Objectives
18(1)
Telephone Systems
18(2)
Telephone Skills
20(3)
Calendaring
23(2)
Billing Procedures
25(3)
Photocopying
28(2)
Micrographics
30(1)
Filing Systems
30(3)
Notarizing Legal Correspondence and Forms
33(1)
Mail Procedures
34(1)
Zip Codes
35(1)
Postal Services
35(4)
Other Delivery Services
39(1)
Summary
40(1)
Vocabulary
40(1)
Student Assessments
41(1)
Student Assignments
42(2)
Computers and Office Systems
44(19)
Objectives
44(1)
The Use of Computers in the Law Office
44(2)
Definition of a Computer
46(1)
Components of a Computer
46(7)
Computer Software
53(3)
Communication Networks
56(2)
Summary
58(1)
Vocabulary
59(1)
Student Assessments
60(2)
Student Assignments
62(1)
Preparing Legal Correspondence
63(18)
Objectives
63(1)
Preparing Legal Correspondence
64(1)
Legal Correspondence Styles
64(10)
Dictation and Transcription
74(2)
Summary
76(1)
Vocabulary
76(2)
Student Assessments
78(1)
Student Assignments
79(2)
Part 2 General Information 81(26)
History of Law
82(9)
Objectives
82(1)
What Is Law?
82(1)
Jewish Law
82(1)
Roman Law
82(1)
Civil Law
83(1)
Criminal Law
84(1)
Feudalism
84(1)
English Common Law
84(1)
United States
85(2)
State Law
87(1)
Summary
87(1)
Vocabulary
87(1)
Student Assessments
88(2)
Student Assignments
90(1)
The Court Structure
91(16)
Objectives
91(1)
Jurisdiction
91(1)
Venue
92(1)
Officers of the Court
92(1)
The jury
92(1)
Federal Courts
92(2)
State Courts
94(6)
Authority of the Court
100(1)
Statute of Limitations
100(1)
Filing Procedures
100(1)
Court Forms
100(1)
Filing Fees
101(1)
Summary
101(1)
Vocabulary
102(1)
Student Assessments
103(2)
Student Assignments
105(2)
Part 3 Litigation Procedures 107(72)
Preparing Legal Documents
108(19)
Objectives
108(1)
General Preparation
108(1)
Guidelines for Preparing Legal Documents
109(2)
Signature Variations
111(1)
Legal Cap Documents
111(9)
Summary
120(1)
Vocabulary
120(1)
Student Assessments
121(1)
Student Assignments
122(5)
The Lawsuit: Preparations for Trial
127(24)
Objectives
127(1)
General Litigation Information
127(1)
Lawyer-Client Relations
128(2)
Definition of a Lawsuit
130(2)
Commencing a Legal Action
132(5)
Defendant's Pleadings
137(5)
Summary
142(1)
Vocabulary
142(1)
Student Assessments
143(3)
Student Assignments
146(5)
The Lawsuit: Litigation and Discovery Procedures
151(28)
Objectives
151(1)
The Default
152(1)
Discontinuance and Dismissal
152(1)
Discovery Proceedings
152(2)
Discovery Devices
154(4)
Notifying Witnesses and Adverse Parties
158(1)
Pretrial Procedures
158(1)
Pretrial Conference
159(6)
Concluding Procedures
165(1)
Summary
166(1)
Vocabulary
166(1)
Student Assessments
167(3)
Student Assignments
170(9)
Part 4 Substantive Law 179(150)
Family Law
180(32)
Objectives
180(1)
Marriage
180(4)
Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage
184(9)
Community Property
193(1)
Quasi-Community Property
193(3)
Adoption
196(1)
Guardianship and Conservatorship
197(6)
Summary
203(1)
Vocabulary
204(2)
Student Assessments
206(3)
Student Assignments
209(3)
Wills, Trusts, and Probate
212(35)
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
216(5)
Trusts
221(1)
Probate
222(3)
Procedural Steps for the Administration of Probate
225(6)
Administration of the Estate
231(5)
Summary
236(1)
Vocabulary
236(2)
Student Assessments
238(3)
Student Assignments
241(6)
Business Organizations
247(29)
Objectives
247(1)
Forms of Business Ownership
247(4)
The Corporate Organization
251(2)
Advantages of a Corporation
253(1)
Disadvantages of a Corporation
253(1)
Laws Governing Corporations
254(1)
Types of Corporations
254(1)
Formation of a Corporation
255(8)
Corporation Stock
263(3)
Corporate Dissolutions
266(1)
Summary
266(1)
Vocabulary
267(1)
Student Assessments
268(3)
Student Assignments
271(5)
Real Estate
276(31)
Objectives
276(1)
Classification of Property
276(2)
Property Description
278(1)
Ownership of Property
279(2)
Real Estate Transactions
281(1)
Deeds
282(2)
Mortgages and Deeds of Trust
284(1)
Recording of Documents
284(4)
Leases
288(1)
Eviction of a Tenant
289(1)
Summary
290(8)
Vocabulary
298(2)
Student Assessments
300(2)
Student Assignments
302(5)
Criminal Law
307(22)
Objectives
307(1)
What Is Criminal Law?
307(2)
Criminal Procedures
309(4)
Criminal Acts
313(3)
Proof of Crimes
316(1)
Arrests
316(1)
Defenses to Crimes
317(1)
Summary
318(1)
Vocabulary
318(1)
Student Assessments
319(3)
Student Assignments
322(7)
Part 5 Legal Research 329(20)
Legal Research
330(19)
Objectives
330(1)
U.S. Legal System
331(1)
The Law Library
331(2)
Classification of Legal Research
333(5)
Legal Citations
338(5)
The Internet
343(1)
Summary
344(2)
Vocabulary
346(1)
Student Assessments
347(1)
Student Assignments
348(1)
Part 6 Getting a Job 349(35)
Getting a Job
350(34)
Objectives
350(1)
Sources of Employment
351(1)
Applying for a Job
352(8)
The Cover Letter
360(2)
Preparing for the Interview
362(5)
Starting Your First Job
367(1)
Growing Professionally
368(1)
Success on Your First Job
368(3)
Student Assignments
371(5)
APPENDIX
1 Forms of Address
376(2)
2 Sample Captions of Court Documents
378(6)
Index 384


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