What is a legal assistant?
A legal assistant can be defined as a person who is supervised by a lawyer that deal with legal matters. Legal assistants are not lawyers, but they are educated and can handle various legal matters like hearings of witnesses, writing testimonials etc. There are different duties assigned to them by the lawyers. They are mostly responsible of doing drafting works. They are good in writing legal documents and this is one of the main duties performed by them.
Legal assistants are trained to write all kinds of legal documents, whether they are simple or complex. Drafting is an important aspect of their training and work. Lawyers usually do those tasks related to a case, which are of high degree and all the small tasks are given to legal assistants. Contract writing, agreements, memorandums and many other related documents are prepared by them. That’s why they spend most of their time drafting documents, writing legal stuff which requires a complete concentration most of the time. For this very reason, and due to the nature of the work they do, legal assistants can make up to 80k a year depending on the sector they are in.
Formal writing is quite technical as compared to the creative writing. There is great responsibility of writing any official draft as its each and every word matter. A slight mistake can bring a serious problem to the lawyers and the law firm he is working for. There are certain rules for legal writing that are obligatory to follow and no changes can be made against them where as creative writing has no binding rules to follow.
Formal writing needs a special training where as creative writing only needs little research about a topic and skills to write creatively on that topic. The lawyers often give chances to responsible legal assistants to handle, easy cases solely to train them in a good way with a good experience. A responsible legal assistant is very beneficial for the lawyer and for the law firm as he can handle much of the tasks of the lawyer.
Document writing is a responsible job that needs attention and time, so lawyers try to ask for such work from their assistants and they rather concentrate more on the major parts of the cases. So most of the times the entire documentation process is done by legal assistants without the guidance of the lawyer. Creative writing is a very relaxing job as compared to official writing. Any mistakes done in the creative writing can be amended and does not bring a serious problem where as official writing is too sensitive that even a single word can change the entire meaning that would be followed by serious legal issues.
Formal writing is a complete formal job that cannot be done independently without being employed in any firm, but contrary to this creative writing does not need any office job to do it. Creative writing can be done independently and such writing services can be given directly to the client without the affiliation with any firm. If you make any mistake in creative writing, you do not have to pay penalty for it, but in official writing you any serious mistake can bring you to the court. There are no penalties for mistakes in creative writing but in official writing you and the firm you are working for can be in a trouble.