Estates Paralegal

Location: Lewes, DE Office

Job Summary:

The Paralegal will assist attorney(s) in the probate of estates and administration of trusts and will prepare documents to be reviewed by the attorney and filed with the Register of Wills and the Court of Chancery in various jurisdictions. Works with personal representatives in meeting their duties in administering the assets and accounting for such administration and eventual distribution of assets.  The Paralegal will move the estate process forward and follow up with the client or financial institutions to gather documents needed to administer the estate or trust.

Supervisory responsibilities:

May assist in the supervision of Law Clerks. 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Meets with attorneys, clients, and other professionals to discuss assigned cases or projects.
  • Drafts legal documents including routine petitions to open estates, inventories and accountings, and related documents to administer estates, and apply for a tax identification number.
  • Remains up to date on rules, procedures, and local practice of the Register of Wills.
  • Prepares, organizes, stores, and retrieves information gathered to administer the assets.
  • Familiar with legal document management systems.
  • Assists attorneys with administration of estates and trusts.
  • Develops and maintains records regarding billable hours spent on a specific case.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required skills and abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Understanding of legal language and principles, research methods, court pleadings and processes, and other related matters.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to function well in a high paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, and to exercise discretion and good judgement.
  • Self-starter that works well in a small group or independently.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Education, experience, and physical requirements:

  • Associate degree in Paralegal Studies or related field required, Bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies or related field preferred.
  • Some related experience preferred.
  • ABA approved Paralegal program preferred.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Lifting of up to fifteen pounds at times.