So, I try to be charitable--even though I am poor--by giving out legal advice when someone cannot afford to pay me. I was in the Court of Appeals one day on one matter and I saw a couple there who were being victimized by the Family Court System. I spent some time speaking to them and found out that they were both unemployed, but the mother was being denied access to her son from a previous relationship and had no idea why. I told them to call me if they needed any help.
I got a call a few weeks later and I coached the mama on how to do a Motion that I would have done, if they had retained me. I sent her examples and read through her work and told her how to file it and serve it.
Yesterday was the big day in court, where she would go in and argue her motion. She called me in the afternoon all giddy and said that she kicked ass and had a "Matlock" moment. She now wanted to become an attorney. She asked if I would sponsor her to go. LMAO. I don't have the money to sponsor myself, by way of paying my loans on time. I didn't want to shut her down. I didn't know what to say. So, I said, "Why don't you look into becoming a paralegal. It's cheaper and quicker and you will do a lot of the work that the lawyer does--except go to Court."
Did I say the right thing? I'm not even sure how paras are doing during the recession. Does anyone know? I'd like to give this "client" some real guidance and I know law school is NOT the right option.
At my big firm, the paras were paid $40K with OT. Some paras there got 100K when the the getting was good. I found this article that says that they are earning decent salaries when living in a metropolitan area. I currently outsource to a paralegal who is self employed for as much as $199 to $250 a case, depending. I think he is probably doing well. I owe him $600 as we speak.
Anyone have any ideas?
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