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When people see me in my office for a contentious divorce, I often tell them they need four people in their life: a therapist, a best friend, a financial advisor, and an attorney. Those people should all be different people.

Written by Jackie Van Dyke, MPS, CP

Written by Jackie Van Dyke, MPS, CP Punctuation guides readers through sentences. Let’s look at the use of the comma, semicolon versus colon, the ellipsis, the dash, parenthesis versus bracket, the hyphen, the slash, bullets, and writing numbers.

The Ultimate Sacrifice – What Will Your Legacy Be:  Heather Heyer and Her Impact on the Paralegal Profession By Kristine Custodio Suero, ACP Heather Heyer is considered a hero by many. If you do not know her name, you should, especially as a paralegal. A simple Google search of her name will lead you to about 1,150,000 results, one of those being Wikipedia. How many paralegals do you know on Wikipedia?

Ethics is a branch of philosophy concerned with how humans should live, and what should be considered right and wrong. The word originates from the ancient Greek word “ethos,” but the concept is said to be much older, with every society possessing its own code of ethics, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

When you start off in the litigation support field, your firm may not even own licensing for trial presentation software, so there’s a good chance you’ve never seen or even heard of TrialDirector®. And when you finally see it, you still may not fully grasp the value of a software program like it. 

Written by Eva M. Merrell, ACP Legal services have traditionally been provided to the public by attorneys working as sole practitioners or in partnerships or law firms. In recent years, the traditional legal industry has seen a dramatic increase in the provision of legal services by accounting firms, outsourcers, legal staffing companies, and other alternative legal service providers (ALSPs). 

This article was originally published in Facts & Findings - July/August 2018 issue. To read the full publication please Log In to your personal NALA account.    

Commercial law is the body of law that applies to the rights, relations, and conduct of persons and businesses engaged in commerce, merchandising, trade and sales. It is similar in some respects to corporate law which relates to the lifecycle of companies, including mergers and acquisitions. One way to learn about commercial law is to take a scenario and break it down.