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Legal Office Procedures,9780132209564

Legal Office Procedures

Edition: 7th
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 5/2/2006
Publisher(s): Pearson
Availability: This title is currently not available.


This popular book, the only legal office procedure book to receive a 5-star rating on, introduces readers to the career of a legal office assistant. It presents basic legal concepts and the various fields of the law and outlines the preparation of documents commonly used in these fields. It provides the information needed to select documents appropriate for a particular situation, identify the information necessary to complete the documents, and prepare the documents correctly.Comprehensive coverage begins with an overview of the law office; then describes office duties; computers and office systems; legal correspondence; the history of law; the court structure; litigation procedures, including the preparation of legal documents, preparations for trial, and litigation and discovery procedures; family law; wills, trust, and probate; business organizations; real estate; criminal law; legal research; and careers in the law.For legal secretaries, legal assistants, paralegals, and law office managers and staff.

Author Biography

Joyce Morton is a dedicated teacher, leader, and author in the field of education.  She has taught for many years at Fullerton College and served as Assistant Dean of Students and was the Department Coordinator for the Office Technology Area.  She is presently teaching a computer classes at Saddleback College and has developed the Office Skills Program which features self-paced Distance Education computer applications classes.  This program enrolls over 400 students each year.


            She has presently revised the 7th edition of the book she has authored entitled Legal Office Procedures, published by Pearson Prentice Hall.  Legal Office Procedures has been widely adopted throughout the United States and has received a 5-star rating from reviewers on  This book is used in colleges and legal professional training courses throughout the United States, and seven foreign English-speaking countries.


            She is the recipient of the following honors and awards:


Listed in Outstanding Educators in America

Recipient of the USC Education Alumni Award

Recipient of the Fullerton College Emeritus Teacher’s Award

Cited for teaching excellence by the Fullerton College Staff of Distinction Award

Attended USC on the Trojan Junior Auxiliary Scholarship


            She was the recipient of the Staff of Distinction Award at Fullerton College and was cited for teaching excellence, campus leadership, and contribution to one’s field.  She has also received the Fullerton College Emeritus Teacher’s Award.


            She has served a president of many professional organizations and presented workshops and given speeches at community and educational organizations.  She has consulted and provided computer training for various businesses and industries.  She is involved in various volunteer organizations and  recently served as Vice President of Trojan League of Orange County.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Law Officep. 1
The Law Officep. 2
Technology in the Law Officep. 3
Human Relations in the Law Officep. 3
Confidential Relationshipsp. 4
The Attorneyp. 5
The Law Clerkp. 7
The Legal Administratorp. 8
The Paralegal/Legal Assistantp. 9
The Legal Administrative Assistant, Lawyer's Assistant, and Legal Professionalp. 10
Personal Qualificationsp. 12
Code of Ethics for Attorneys, Legal Assistants, and Legal Professionalsp. 15
Summaryp. 17
Vocabularyp. 18
Student Assignmentsp. 19
Office Dutiesp. 20
Workplace Telecommunicationsp. 20
Telephone Skillsp. 21
E-Mail (Electronic Mail)p. 25
Faxesp. 27
Calendaringp. 28
Billing Proceduresp. 30
Photocopyingp. 33
Micrographicsp. 35
Filing Systemsp. 36
Notarizing Legal Correspondence and Formsp. 38
Mail Proceduresp. 40
Zip Codesp. 40
USPS (United States Postal Service) Mail Classes and Servicesp. 41
Travel Arrangementsp. 45
Summaryp. 47
Vocabularyp. 48
Student Assessmentsp. 49
Student Assignmentsp. 49
Computers and Office Systemsp. 51
The Use of Computers in the Law Officep. 51
Definition of a Computerp. 52
Types of Computersp. 52
Components of a Computerp. 54
Computer Softwarep. 61
Communication Networksp. 64
Digital Camerasp. 66
Summaryp. 66
Vocabularyp. 68
Student Assessmentsp. 69
Student Assignmentsp. 71
Preparing Legal Correspondencep. 72
Preparing Legal Correspondencep. 72
Legal Correspondence Stylesp. 73
Dictation and Transcriptionp. 80
Summaryp. 82
Vocabularyp. 82
Student Assessmentsp. 83
Student Assignmentp. 84
Court Structurep. 87
The Court Structurep. 88
Jurisdictionp. 88
Venuep. 88
Officers of the Courtp. 89
The Juryp. 89
Federal Courtsp. 89
State Courtsp. 91
Authority of the Courtp. 94
Statute of Limitationsp. 96
Filing Proceduresp. 97
Court Formsp. 97
Filing Feesp. 98
Summaryp. 99
Vocabularyp. 99
Student Assessmentsp. 100
Student Assignmentsp. 101
Litigation Proceduresp. 103
Preparing Legal Documentsp. 104
General Preparationp. 104
Guidelines for Preparing Legal Documentsp. 105
Signature Variationsp. 105
Legal Cap Documentsp. 107
Summaryp. 116
Vocabularyp. 116
Student Assessmentsp. 117
Student Assignmentsp. 117
The Lawsuit: Preparations for Trialp. 122
General Litigation Informationp. 122
Lawyer-Client Relationsp. 123
Definition of a Lawsuitp. 125
Commencing a Legal Actionp. 127
Defendant's Pleadingsp. 134
Summaryp. 140
Vocabularyp. 141
Student Assessmentsp. 142
Student Assignmentsp. 144
The Lawsuit: Litigation and Discovery Proceduresp. 149
The Defaultp. 149
Discontinuance and Dismissalp. 150
Discovery Proceedingsp. 150
Discovery Devicesp. 151
Notifying Witnesses And Adverse Partiesp. 155
Pretrial Proceduresp. 158
Pretrial Conferencep. 158
Setting the Trial Datep. 158
Writ of Executionp. 161
Concluding Proceduresp. 163
Summaryp. 164
Vocabularyp. 164
Student Assessmentsp. 165
Student Assignmentsp. 167
Substantive Lawp. 175
Family Lawp. 176
Marriagep. 176
Divorce and Dissolution of Marriagep. 178
Community Propertyp. 190
Quasi-Community Propertyp. 191
Domestic Partnershipsp. 191
Adoptionp. 194
Adoption Proceedingsp. 195
Guardianship and Conservatorshipp. 196
Summaryp. 205
Vocabularyp. 205
Student Assessmentsp. 207
Student Assignmentsp. 209
Wills, Trusts, and Probatep. 210
Estate Planningp. 210
Willsp. 210
Formalities in Making a Willp. 212
Who Can Make a Willp. 213
Types of Willsp. 213
Trustsp. 218
Probatep. 220
Procedural Steps for the Administration of Probatep. 222
Administration of the Estatep. 227
Summaryp. 233
Vocabularyp. 235
Student Assessmentsp. 236
Student Assignmentsp. 239
Business Organizationsp. 244
Forms of Business Ownershipp. 244
The Corporate Organizationp. 250
Advantages of a Corporationp. 252
Disadvantages of a Corporationp. 253
Laws Governing Corporationsp. 253
Types of Corporationsp. 254
Formation of a Corporationp. 254
Corporation Stockp. 260
Corporate Dissolutionsp. 263
Limited Liability Companyp. 263
Limited Liability Partnershipp. 264
Summaryp. 264
Vocabularyp. 265
Student Assessmentsp. 266
Student Assignmentsp. 268
Real Estatep. 273
Classification of Propertyp. 273
Property Descriptionp. 275
Ownership of Propertyp. 276
Real Estate Transactionsp. 278
Deedsp. 279
Mortgages and Deeds of Trustp. 281
Recording of Documentsp. 285
Leasesp. 286
Eviction of a Tenantp. 287
Summaryp. 294
Vocabularyp. 296
Student Assessmentsp. 297
Student Assignmentsp. 299
Criminal Lawp. 304
What is Criminal Law?p. 304
Criminal Proceduresp. 306
Criminal Actsp. 309
Proof of Crimesp. 313
Arrestsp. 313
Defenses to Crimesp. 314
Summaryp. 314
Vocabularyp. 315
Student Assessmentsp. 316
Student Assignmentsp. 318
Legal Researchp. 325
Legal Researchp. 326
U.S. Legal Systemp. 326
The Law Libraryp. 327
Classification of Legal Researchp. 329
Legal Citationsp. 334
Computerized Research and the Internetp. 335
Summaryp. 340
Vocabularyp. 340
Student Assessmentsp. 341
Student Assignmentp. 342
Getting a Jobp. 343
Getting a Jobp. 344
Sources of Employmentp. 344
Applying for a Jobp. 347
The Cover Letterp. 354
Preparing for the Interviewp. 356
Starting Your First Jobp. 360
Growing Professionallyp. 361
Success on Your First Jobp. 362
Student Assignmentsp. 363
Forms of Addressp. 369
Sample Captions of Court Documentsp. 371
Indexp. 377
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