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Lawyer verses Divorce Paralegal - who should I hire?


What is the real difference between hiring a lawyer or a divorce paralegal?

Here is a brief comparison:

Education
Paralegals: have varied education backgrounds
Lawyers: have a law degree

Legal advice versus information
Paralegals: can give you legal information
Lawyers: can give you legal advice

Court documents
Paralegals and Lawyers: Both can prepare court documents for your divorce

Court representation
Paralegals: cannot represent you
Lawyers: can represent you in court

Regulations
Paralegals: no regulatory body
Lawyers: regulated by the Law Society of Alberta


What is the real difference between hiring a lawyer or a divorce paralegal?
Here is a brief comparison:

Globe and Mail’s
Lawyers are too expensive for most Canadians. Give more work to paralegals.
  

wikiHow’s
How to Choose a Paralegal to Do Your Divorce

Henderson Heinrichs LLP’s
The Difference Between A Paralegal and a Divorce Attorney

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