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After over 27 years as a dedicated and well-respected family law
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Kenneth (Ken) Hubbard, Divorce & Family Law Attorney
 
One of the first tasks you will work on with your Attorney and Paralegal will be the preparation of your Comprehensive Financial Statement.  During a dissolution (divorce) proceeding, "discovery" is required according to local court rules.  Pursuant to DuPage County Local Court Rules, within 30 days of the filing of the Respondent's general appearance or the first responsive pleading in any proceeding for dissolution (divorce) of marriage or legal  separation, each party shall serve upon all parties entitled to notice, a completed "Comprehensive Financial Statement," with all corroborating documents.

A Comprehensive Financial Statement is used to determine both parties' assets, debts, monthly living expenses and any nonmarital property that exists.  A Comprehensive Financial Statement also includes the parties' income from all sources, health insurance coverage and any assets transferred. 


 
 
A Paralegal is a person qualified through education, training, or work to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and that is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by an attorney.  The Paralegal is retained or employed by an attorney, law office, government business or other entity under the supervisory authority of an attorney.  Paralegals are neither licensed nor certified by the State of Illinois.

Paralegals are resource persons who, as an important part of the legal team, assist in providing economical, quality legal services to clients at a reduced rate.  A sampling of Paralegal tasks are as follows:
  • Conduct client interviews and maintain general contact with clients
  • Locate and interview witnesses
  • Conduct legal research
  • Review and draft legal documents
  • Summarize witness testimony
  • Coordinate litigation proceedings
  • Attend legal proceedings with an attorney present
  • Use computer and technology
  • Conduct factual research involving documents and internet resources
  • Analyze and organize records and documents
  • Assist with the preparation of cases and with appearances in court
What a Paralegal Cannot Do:
  • Establish attorney-client relationships
  • Establish legal fees
  • Give legal opinions or advice
  • Represent a client before a court, unless authorized to do so by the court
  • Engage in, encourage or contribute to any act that could constitute the unauthorized practice of law.  (Only attorneys licensed by the Illinois Supreme Court can practice law in the state).

 
    Author
    Rachel A. Hubbard, Paralegal for the Law Office of Kenneth D. Hubbard, is a former council member for College of DuPage Paralegal Studies Program Advisory Council.  Ms. Hubbard is the first graduate of the program to serve as a Council Member.
     
    Note:  Legal information provided is general and should not be relied on as legal advice.  Legal advice cannot be given and should not be relied on as legal advice.  Legal advice cannot be given by an Attorney without full consideration of all relevant information relating to the blog visitor's situation.  Further, a Paralegal may not give advice or opinions, or engage in the unauthorized practice of law.  Only attorneys licensed by the Illinois Supreme Court can practice law in the State of Illinois.

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