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‘ADVANCED FLORIDA REGISTERED PARALEGALS’ PLAN GAINS CONCEPTUAL SUPPORT

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May 7, 2020

A proposed rule that would allow “Advanced Florida Registered Paralegals” to provide more lawyer-supervised civil legal services to clients has garnered conceptual support from the Bar’s Rules Committee, but only if concerns expressed by the Family Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section can be addressed.

Some concerns include: ensuring that allowing some paralegals to perform more services would not result in high-volume “mills” churning out substandard work; that the number of AFRPs supervised by one attorney should be limited; addressing whether assistance on wills should be limited; considering whether “advanced” paralegals should be called “verified” to avoid confusion with Florida Registered Paralegals (a suggestion from the Florida Registered Paralegal Enrichment Committee); and whether advanced paralegals should be required to take half of their continuing legal education in the area where they are providing service. Rules Committee Chair Amy Farrior, pictured, said other issues could also be raised.

Read the whole story in the Florida Bar News.