Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in |

Paralegals in Ontario are regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada, the same as lawyers.  In order to provide legal services in Toronto, the GTA and Ontario, we are required to follow the same professional code of conduct, operate in an ethical manner, and carry insurance and complete courses in continuing and enhancing our education, the same as lawyers in Ontario. The difference between a paralegal and a lawyer in Ontario is their education and permitted scope of practice.  Paralegals in Ontario are required to complete a program at a college accredited by the Law Society, a minimum of 120 hours at an approved field placement and write a 7.5 hour licensing exam that tests their competence of substantive and procedural law, as well as ethical and professional responsibilities that have the most direct impact on the protection of the public and providing of effective and ethical legal service.

After all of the licensing requirements are met and insurance is purchased, paralegals in Ontario can undertake assisting their clients in the following areas of the law;

Although a lawyer in Ontario can assist the public in these types of matters as well, it is usually more cost effective to use a paralegal.  Where most lawyers in Ontario charge by the hour, we at Paralegal.Ease provide full scope of paralegal services on a flat fee arrangement (except for Trial preparation and attendance).  Further, paralegals in Ontario are extremely active in these types of matters and generally have a better understanding of the process and expectations in these courts and tribunals.  Many lawyers in Ontario will refer their clients to paralegals when approached for assistance in these practice areas.

Paralegal work

  • Legal research
  • Preparation of books of authority
  • Witness preparation
  • Attendance at trial
  • Structured settlements
  • Corporate, Property & PPSA searches
  • Commissioning of affidavits and travel documents
  • Process serving
  • Independent consultation
  • Drafting of Legal forms
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