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Old 12-04-2017, 05:20 PM
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It looks like soon paralegals will be able to offer some family law services in Ontario:

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The Law Society of Upper Canada has approved a plan that will eventually expand the scope of family law to let paralegals offer some services in the area.
LSUC to expand scope of family law for paralegals | Canadian Lawyer Mag
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Old 12-04-2017, 05:48 PM
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Thanks Jeff.

I'm a bit perplexed though. Article mentions "9,000 paralegals that we’ve licensed..." so what would be different? Would paralegals' services be expanded to do what?
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I think that the concern is paralegals who are already licensed won't have any training in family law.

The plan seems fairly general:
http://www.lsuc.on.ca/uploadedFiles/...port-final.pdf

and refers to "some family law services" with examples but not much clarity as to specifics. It almost sounds like they are thinking of a separate certificate or something similar for paralegals.
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I recall my ex using paralegal services for a while. My lawyer was annoyed at times. The paralegal completed the forms correctly but directed matter to wrong court sessions.

Court forms can be a real pain and paralegal services would provide a valuable service to self-represented. Would also be wonderful if the paralegal could go to courthouse and do all the filing.
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For my matter, I didn't require legal advice. I just needed help filling in forms and filing them. It was annoying having to pay a lawyer to complete those tasks.
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