Paralegals: What do they do in an business/corporate setting?

The legal profession is broad and deep.  Some lawyers are in court every day, and others have never set foot in a courtroom other than for jury duty or that occasional traffic infraction.  The same is true of those who work for lawyers, including paralegals.  The paralegal field offers great diversity.  In the next series of posts, we will consider some of the tasks of the paralegal in different areas of the law.  If you have worked in any of these areas, please post a comment letting us know your impressions, likes, dislikes or other things you were asked to do on a regular basis.

Business/Corporate Paralegals may do any, all or a combination of the following tasks under the direct supervision of the attorney:

  • check name availability for LLCs and Corporations
  • reserve names for LLCs and Corporations
  • Draft and file Articles of Incorporation
  • Draft bylaws
  • Draft notices
  • Draft minutes for corporations
  • Issue and transfer stock
  • Prepare stock certificates and shareholder registers
  • Draft Shareholder Agreements
  • Prepare documents/correspondence regarding opening corporate bank accounts
  • Draft employment agreements
  • Draft S-Corporation elections and other tax documents
  • Apply for employer identification numbers
  • Review file and draft response to auditor’s questions
  • Prepare and file annual reports
  • Maintain calendaring system for annual meetings, minutes, client review and other client contact
  • Draft stock option plan and related documents
  • Draft lease agreements and related correspondence
  • Draft merger documents and related correspondence and minutes
  • Draft partnership agreements and amendments
  • Draft non-competition agreements
  • Draft Agreement for Dissolution of Partnership

and the list goes on . . .

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