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Old 05-25-2017, 11:42 AM
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There needs to be "levels" of legal services when it comes to paralegals. A "one size fits all" does not work.

Let's take nursing as an example:

Types of Nurses:

Registered Nurse
Registered Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse
Registered Psychiatric Nurse
Mental Health Nurse
Nurse Practitioner

Types of Training or Specialities

Cardiovascular Nursing
Community Health Nursing
Critical Care Nursing
Critical Care Pediatric Nursing
Diabetes Nursing
... (There are 22 specialties.)

Then there are multiple licensing bodies for Nurses.

So, rather than saying the existing model won't work out-of-the-box. Like a grumpy 1980s doctor and all, they are useful for is changing bedpans... How about we all consider what changes need to be made to the "paralegal" profession. I think the best comparison is to the medical profession.

Change is about change. It isn't about trying to apply the current pattern of behavior to a new situation. It is about changing to resolve a number of problems.

The challenge with the "rules provides fairness" argument is that complexity does not serve the greater good. It only serves the 1% who either can understand them or have accumulated enough wealth to pay someone to understand them.

The concept of "family" goes far beyond the 1% of the wealth in our society.

Furthermore, the whole concept that lawyers are "experts" in all aspects of family law is another fallacy. If that is the case then why in 100% of the cases with equalization over 500,000 are there always forensic accountants and other experts involved? Because a lawyer has a narrow focus and are not accountants. Nor are they child custody and access evaluators or experts. (Why we have the OCL and Section 30.)

In any complex case, a lawyer is the "legal" expert. They have to call upon others to fill the gaps.

Rules need to change so affidavit wars end. (See video from Czutrin I posted later.) If we have our most senior family law justice saying this... Then it is a problem. It isn't a problem lawyers have seemed to solve as they continue to happen on mass.

If you want to see a change in the system of family law. When a client goes nuts and a negative advocate lawyer supports that conduct... Professional impact. Why should WD carry the costs of a devastating battle supported by legal aid and a lawyer? Do they not have any accountability to the system of law as "officers of the court"?

Will taking today's existing system of paralegals work to resolve issues. Nope. But, maybe if the Law Society studies how other industries (healthcare) has expanded and improved service by enabling other professionals to reduce waste, cost and improve client(patient) outcomes change could happen.

The likelihood of your life being saved by a nurse in an acute care setting is way higher than a doctor. In fact, you will have FAR MORE contact with nurses in any health care situation than a doctor. Shouldn't the legal system be the same?

Good Luck!
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