Job Opening / Opportunity – Legal Assistant in Wyomissing

Berks County is a lovely area of PA.  The Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller is a mid-sized law firm serving clients throughout Berks County and southeastern Pennsylvania. It has been one of the leading law firms since 1945.  The firm offers a range of legal services, including business formations and mergers, bankruptcy, employment law, personal injury litigation, real estate development, estate planning and administration, elder law, and taxation.

The firm has an immediate job opening / opportunity for a legal assistant with 3-5 years litigation legal secretary experience.  Duties include word processing (70+ wpm), file organization, e-filing, answering phones and other administrative tasks. The qualified candidate should have excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office) with a high accuracy rate and attention to detail. A positive attitude and strong work ethic are important.

The firm offers comprehensive benefits and a team friendly work environment. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and salary requirement  to Kimberly A. Dunkle, Controller / Firm Administrator.  Applications may also be submitted by U.S.P.S. to 2755 Century Boulevard; Wyomissing, PA 19610.

Estate Paralegal Job Opportunity / Opening in West Chester, PA

The mid-size law firm of Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, which is located in West Chester, Chester County, PA, is steeped in rich history. They have a job opening / opportunity for an Estate Paralegal with a minimum of five years’ experience. The successful candidate will be organized, professional, dependable, articulate, and able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Strong technical skills are required, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel; FastTax (“Zane”); Prosystems fX and TABS experience a plus.  Candidate must be able to prioritize and pay attention to detail and accuracy.

Must be generally familiar with court accounting and tax preparation software, along with knowledge of Orphans’ Court practice. Excellent oral and written communication skills required.

Competitive starting salary commensurate with experience, along with a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, STD, LTD, Life and 401K.

Please forward resume, salary requirements and references to Diane Wenner, Assistant Office Manager.  The firm is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Associate Attorney job opening / opportunity

The small, growing 4-attorney Jenkintown, Montgomery County, PA law firm of Solnick & Levin LLC is seeking an associate with a minimum of 3 years of plaintiff personal injury experience.  The desired candidate must be able

  • to work independently
  • pay attention to detail
  • have excellent writing skill
  • have strong analytical skills
  • be hard working
  • be well organized
  • have superior communication skills

Experience with court appearances, motion practice and depositions is required.  Email your cover letter, resume, and salary request to Kelly A. Mills, Firm Administrator.

Job opportunity / opening for an associate attorney

The King of Prussia, PA law firm of Mannion Prior, LLP has an immediate opening for an associate with a minimum of 2-3 years of solid commercial litigation experience at a large firm, as well as excellent academics. Experience in estate planning & administration and Orphans’ Court litigation preferred.

Mannion Prior  is a litigation boutique which pursues, defends, and provides advice on issues involving the standards of care applicable to fiduciaries such as trustees, executors, guardians, charitable organizations, banks, trust companies, partners, attorneys, and officers and directors of corporations.

The firm offers a generous salary and benefits package, including a 401(k) match.

Please send cover letter and resume to Christine Thul.

Job Opening / Opportunity – Associate Attorney

Job Opening / Opportunity in Williamsport, PA:

McCormick Law Firm in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is looking to hire a full-time associate attorney with 1-7 years experience who is interested in working in the general practice of law, with a focus in Professional Liability Defense and Commercial Litigation. The associate will also have opportunities to work in the following practice areas: General Defense Litigation, Municipal Law, and/or Labor & Employment Law. The ideal candidate must be focused, highly motivated, and energized to take on current business as well as new challenges. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Founded in 1862, McCormick Law Firm is one of the oldest and most established law firms in North Central Pennsylvania. The Firm has a regional presence, and is looking for an attorney with a long-term commitment to residing and practicing in Pennsylvania. The Williamsport area offers a high quality of life. All attorneys at McCormick Law Firm are encouraged and expected to be involved as a volunteer in the community.

Interested applicants should send a resume, law school transcript and cover letter, including available start date, to Emilie Pearson, Business Manager, via email, or via regular mail to:

McCormick Law Firm
Attn: Emilie Pearson, Business Manager
835 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

Job Opportunity — Office Manager / Paralegal / Assistant

A growing solo practice PI firm in Conshohocken, PA is looking for someone who can do it all.  A great job opportunity!  The ideal candidate will have:

  • three or more years’ experience in a plaintiffs personal injury law firm
  • experience managing a small office
  • well-developed communication skills
  • experience with cloud-based or traditional practice management computer software — Clio experience a plus
  • experience with motor vehicle cases, premises cases, and medical malpractice is important

The position is part-time, with an anticipated transition to full time.  The firm offers a flexible and family-friendly workplace.

Please send your resume and salary expectations to  Andrew T. Neuwirth, Esquire.   Not accepting submissions from recruiters, or by telephone.

Job Opening / Opportunity – Paralegal

Heckscher, Teillon, Terrill & Sager, is a boutique trusts and estates law firm with 17 attorneys and 6 paralegals located 20 minutes from Center City Philadelphia in West Conshohocken.  They have a job opening / opportunity for an experienced, full-time trusts and estates paralegal.

Qualified Candidate Requirements:

  • Minimum of 4 years trusts and estates experience, including administration of complex estates and trusts, and preparation of Federal and State tax returns (706, PA-1500, 1041, PA-41)
  • 4-year degree or paralegal certificate, or equivalent experience
  • Professional manor, ability to work independently in a fast paced, high pressure environment.
  • Team player, yet independent thinker.
  • Excellent communication, writing and organizational skills. Able to prioritize, multi-task, and work well with clients. Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Experience with tax preparation software (knowledge of Faster and/or ProSystems Fx Tax a plus).
  • Office 2010 (Word, Excel, Outlook) experience required.

The position offers competitive salary and generous benefits.

Qualified candidates may email cover letter, resume, salary requirements and references in confidence to: Anne L. Paisley, Firm Administrator.

The firm is not accepting telephone calls regarding the position.

Why You Need a Real Lawyer -4

 

Beware!!  Before you replace a lawyer with an internet-based “legal service” provider, consider that the results can be disastrous. What they do is provide quick forms for legal needs.  They advertise their availability on television.  They provide forms for business formation, wills, divorce, Powers of Attorney, estate plans, and more.  In the story related below, the forms were for franchises.

No doubt you’ve heard or read that Bar Associations in most states have sued most of these providers for something called the Unauthorized Practice of Law.   Unless you are a lawyer or employed in the legal field, you probably felt they were the underdog. You may have rooted for them to win.  And indeed, they are very careful in interpreting the UPL statute in each state to ensure they do not cross the line. They cannot legally provide any advice. They can only provide a form.  So they survive all challenges.  At least so far.

Their advertising portrays them as the hero trying to save the average person’s hard-earned dollars from seemingly greedy lawyers.  And frankly, Ed the entrepreneur is eating it up big time.  Use of these internet-based services is growing.

The problem is that Mike the carpenter doesn’t know when the matter requires greater finesse than these forms can provide.  And when an undesirable outcome finally shows up — often years later — it often can’t be fixed, or costs far more to fix than would have been spent originally to do it right.

Here’s the problem.  There’s no way to know in advance if the solution is inadequate, unless an actual lawyer is involved.  Later, when a lawyer must correct, or attempt to correct, the situation, he or she is bound by confidentiality and cannot reveal to the public the consequences of using such services.  So unfortunately Mike the carpenter shares all the success stories with friends and relatives, and enhances the reputation of these services.  Rarely does Mike the carpenter hear of the horror stories from others.  And those who ultimately must use a real lawyer to fix problems after the fact rarely talk about it.

So I have challenged lawyers to share some of those stories with me, without any client-identifiable information.  I will in turn publish the information.  Share it with friends, relatives and colleagues who are tempted to meet their legal needs “on the cheap” with an online service provider.

All the stories will be posted under the same title “Why You Need a Real Lawyer” so if you don’t want to subscribe, just return to the blog on occasion and look for that title in the Table of Contents.

Story #4:

A client came to me to review  a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD ) and franchise agreement template he had purchased on the Internet and filled out so he could start selling franchises. Upon review of the proposed document, it was clear that it was fraught with issues, not the least of which was that it was quite misleading and filled with misrepresentations.

 

This was not because the client was trying to mislead or misrepresent anyone in their responses, but because the client did not have anyone to explain to him what information each disclosure was required to contain and what information it should not contain.

 

The FDD is a very regulated, highly complex document that the average person, even most attorneys, would not know how to properly complete. In addition to the potential fraud and misrepresentation claims that could be brought against the client if he used that form, the form, as completed by the client, violated federal and many state’s laws on franchising.

 

Use of that form could have been extremely costly in penalties and fines by federal and state authorities, and would have allowed each franchisee of the client to rescind the franchise agreement for failure to comply with the federal and state laws.

 

The document was a total waste of money by the client and had to be discarded.  We had to prepare a totally new document.  This cost the client money and time he spent on the template, and then the cost and time of drafting the documents from scratch with us.

How Quickly Do You Follow Up on Prospect Calls?

Time is of the essence when you are contacted by a prospective client. How can you improve your response time to the prospect?  Law firm marketing guru Stephen Fairley recently wrote

A study on the lifespan of sales leads conducted by the Harvard Business Review found that leads contacted within one hour are 7 times more likely to be converted than if the contact was two hours later – and 60 times more likely to be converted than if the contact was 24 hours later.

He offers valuable advice on how to improve your response rate.  Spoiler alert: effective use of your existing technology is involved!

Job Opening – Associate Attorney

Cipriani & Werner PC is a regional law firm with offices in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware. They are currently searching for a full time associate attorney with 4-6 years of litigation experience to work in their Blue Bell, PA office. Strongest candidates will have extensive experience defending clients through all phases of the litigation process.  Experience taking depositions is a must. The firm offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, life and LTD as well as a matching 401(k) plan. Salary is negotiable. Please submit your resume along with salary requirements to Denise L. Barbadoro, Office Manager.

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