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Is it reasonable to be expected to spend 20-30 non-billable hours a month checking your paralegal’s work? (i.e. summarizing hundreds of records and bills). The partner said he “didn’t use paralegals” at his previous firm and eating the time is an “investment in yourself.” Is this common?

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Does not sound reasonable at all to me but I don’t use a paralegal, just my legal assistant. The philosophy my firm has is that the point of having support staff is to make the lives of the attorneys easier. What you’re describing doesn’t sound consistent with that.

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It could be that this particular paralegal has had performance issues and the partner feels their work needs to be double-checked? I don’t know why they wouldn’t just fire the paralegal in that case, but I’ve seen it happen.

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I’m in house now, but when I worked at a firm an attorney’s review of my work, whether it was my draft of a letter, contract, or tax return, was always billable time.

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Agreed with A5. How do other associate/paralegal combos handle this? Is it possible for another paralegal to double check the math? The paralegal I work with now, we proofread for each other all the time.

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