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Best way to bring up the sloppy work of paralegal w/partner? He doesn’t mind bc he isn’t super type A but I’m constantly spending hours cleaning up things she did wrong or can’t master (simple doc formatting..). She doesn’t see the urgency or importance of clean/mistake-free work & partner won’t reinforce anything I request/recommend.

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Doesn’t sound like your concerns are likely to be addressed in a way that you would consider a win, so I wouldn’t rock the boat.

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Don’t waste too much time on this. Where you can, I would advise you to do it yourself (I know horrible time suck). If his relationship with her is sentimental you will at best waste your time and at worst make things difficult for yourself. Your options are limited. Do what you can for now and look for opportunities to not have to deal with her shit.

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Suggestion: “I really like X and enjoy working with her. I think she could be even more valuable to our team if she concentrated on improving in a few key areas. I will work on these areas with her but I need your approval and support so she understands this is for both of us.” I know some of that may be a stretch - you probably dislike this sloppy worker who causes you more work - but you need his buy in. If he agrees then you talk to her and make clear she knows you carry his authority. If he doesn’t, then you are SOL but you at least know it.

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Has the paralegal been with the firm for a long time?

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She was his student when he taught and was on the bench. He joined the (cost sharing) firm a year ago and he hired her. Other partners won’t ask her to do work other than simple court forms and service stuff. But I work under him so.. ugh

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Ugh, I’m in the same boat OP. Partner I work for has an absolute idiot paralegal he has used and similarly doesn’t care so much about her sloppy work. But he recently dinged me in a review for efficiency and the bulk of it was because I had to keep cleaning up and fixing her sloppy work on multiple deals and then do her job for her because she would ask questions, I would give clear (I’m talking step by step, hand holding) directions and she would still bombard me with questions on things she should know how to do after 10+ years as a paralegal and after how many times I’ve walked her through these things. As a result my bill total goes up. I’ve tried to mention this to the partner without rocking the boat and all it ended up with was him penalizing me for his stupid ass paralegal

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