Monday, February 8, 2010

3 Must-Know Trial Notebook Tips

This quote is perfect for paralegals who assist with trial:

You were born to win, but to be a winner,
you mustplan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.
~Zig Ziegler

How do you prepare to win? Here are 3 tips:

1. Always assume every case will go to trial. This assumption means you will begin creating the trial notebook the moment the client retains the firm. Waiting until the week before trial may lead to omission of critical elements of your claim or failure to include evidence necessary to prove those elements at trial.

2. Organizing case documents begins at the initialclient interview. Case issues are formed with the information you gather during the first client meeting. Organizing documents in the very beginning makes it easier to develop the case theme.

3. A trial notebook is your trial blueprint. The mostimportant thing you can do is to organize it for quick and efficient access. The secondt hing you must do is customize it to fit the needs of the attorney trying the case.

This is just a sample of the information you must have to prepare a trial notebook. To get the tools, resources and information you need for an organized and systematic approach to assist with preparation of a case from the moment the client retains your firm until the verdict is handed down, join me and Christina L. Koch ACP when we present Trial Notebook Techniques and Strategies--How to Create the Ultimate Trial Notebook

This 90-minute teleclass meets the requirements of the Certifying Board for Legal Assistants for the National Association of Legal Assistants for 1.5 hours of continuing legal assistant education to maintain the CLACertified Legal Assistant Credential. NFPA and NALS have indicated they issue credit for courses approved by NALA.
For more information, follow this link.

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