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AND PROFESSIONS CODE SECTION
6450. (a) "Paralegal"
means a person who holds himself or herself
out to be a paralegal, who is qualified by education, training, or
work experience, who either contracts with or is employed by an
attorney, law firm, corporation, governmental agency, or other
entity, and who performs substantial legal work under the direction
and supervision of an active member of the State Bar of California,
as defined in Section 6060, or an attorney practicing law in the
federal courts of this state, that has been specifically delegated by
the attorney to him or her. Tasks performed by a paralegal include,
but are not limited to, case planning, development, and management;
legal research; interviewing clients; fact gathering and retrieving
information; drafting and analyzing legal documents; collecting,
compiling, and utilizing technical information to make an independent
decision and recommendation to the supervising attorney; and
representing clients before a state or federal administrative agency
if that representation is permitted by statute, court rule, or
administrative rule or regulation.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision
(a), a paralegal shall not do the
(1) Provide legal advice.
(2) Represent a client in
(3) Select, explain, draft, or
recommend the use of any legal
document to or for any person other than the attorney who directs and
supervises the paralegal.
(4) Act as a runner or capper,
as defined in Sections 6151 and
(5) Engage in conduct that constitutes the unlawful practice of
(6) Contract with, or be
employed by, a natural person other than
an attorney to perform paralegal services.
(7) In connection with
providing paralegal services, induce a
person to make an investment, purchase a financial product or
service, or enter a transaction from which income or profit, or both,
purportedly may be derived.
(8) Establish the fees to
charge a client for the services the
paralegal performs, which shall be established by the attorney who
supervises the paralegal's work. This paragraph does not apply to
fees charged by a paralegal in a contract to provide paralegal
services to an attorney, law firm, corporation, governmental agency,
or other entity as provided in subdivision (a).
(c) A paralegal shall possess
at least one of the following:
(1) A certificate of completion
of a paralegal program approved by
the American Bar Association....
The following file contains the Rules of Professional
Conduct for California.