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Paralegal / Legal Secretary

Location:
Oceanside, California, United States
Posted:
August 15, 2018

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KRISTINE MEREL

**** ********* *****

OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA 92056

ac6omv@r.postjobfree.com

760-***-****

OBJECTIVE: To work as a Paralegal / Legal Assistant SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS:

• 20 Plus years of combined experience as a paralegal in the specialty areas of civil litigation, family law, real property, business/transactional, estate administration/probate and criminal investigation

• Computer proficient in Word Perfect, MS Word, Excel, Timeslips, Abacus

• Active California Notary

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

GENERAL PARALEGAL/LEGAL SECRETARY/OFFICE MANAGER, The Jon Corn Law Firm, formerly Axelson & Corn, P.C., Cardiff, California. Prepare and assist attorney in the preparation of complaints, writ of mandates, answers, motions, discovery documents, judgments, etc. in the areas of civil litigation and land use matters, for superior and appellate courts. Assist attorneys in preparation of real estate transactional and governmental agency documents. Summarize depositions, legal and governmental agency research (City, County, California Coastal Commission. Manage law office including but not limited to calendaring, communicate and interacting with clients, vendors, handling all office maintenance issues. 9/13 – 6/18. GENERAL PARALEGAL/LEGAL SECRETARY/OFFICE MANAGER, Law Offices of Dean Goetz, Solana Beach, California. Prepare and assist attorney in the preparation of demand letters, complaints, answers, motions, discovery documents, judgments, etc. in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, family law, probate, unlawful detainers, for superior and appellate courts. Assist attorneys in preparation of real estate transactional documents, corporate and partnership documents and trusts/wills. Summarize depositions, legal research. Manage law office including but not limited to billing, collections, calendaring, communicate and interacting with clients, handling all office maintenance issues. 8/08 – 9/13. GENERAL PARALEGAL/LEGAL SECRETARY/OFFICE MANAGER, Jon A. Jensen & Associates, Escondido, California. Prepare and assist attorney in the preparation of complaints, answers, motions, discovery documents, judgments, writs, etc. in the areas of civil litigation, family law, probate/conservatorship, unlawful detainers, for superior and appellate courts. Assist attorneys in preparation of real estate transactional documents and corporate and partnership documents. Summarize depositions, legal research. Manage law office including but not limited to billing, collections, calendaring, communicate and interacting with clients, handling all office maintenance issues. 8/03 – 7/08.

GENERAL PARALEGAL, SELF-EMPLOYED CONTRACTOR, Oceanside, California. Consultant and data entry. 5/01-5/03.

GENERAL PARALEGAL, U.S. PARALEGAL SERVICE, Oceanside, California. Assist clients in the preparation of small claims, superior and federal court complaints, answers, interrogatories, motions, contracts, unlawful detainer actions, temporary retraining orders. Preparation of petitions and related documents through final orders for family law, conservatorship, probate and summary probate cases. Prepare demand letters, patent applications, and legal research. 5/96 - 5/00.

CIVIL LITIGATION PARALEGAL, SELF-EMPLOYED CONTRACTOR, Oceanside, California. Summarize and digest depositions, investigative research. 7/90 – 7/92.

CIVIL LITIGATION AND PROBATE PARALEGAL, JURISERV & ASSOCIATES, Carlsbad, California. Preparation of all matters throughout all phases of construction defect, family law and estate/probate/conservatorship cases. Communicate with clients and agencies in obtaining data and documentation. Prepare complaints, answers, motions, judgments, for superior and appellate courts. Open estates and conservatorships and prepare related petitions, inventories, final accountings and reports. Obtain, review and summarize contracts and related documents (financial, real estate, construction, medical). Prepare jury instructions, trial bench book assist in trial preparation. Summarize depositions and legal research. 12/88 – 6/90. OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE:

INSTRUCTIONAL COMPUTER TECHNICIAN, VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Vista, California. Long-term and on-call substitute computer lab instructor for elementary school students. 2/92 – 5/96.

EDUCATION:

DENVER PARALEGAL INSTITUTE, Denver, Colorado. Paralegal Certificate. An American Bar Association approved program. General practice program included course work in basic legal concepts, business organizations, creditor’s remedies, estate administration, family law, legal research, litigation and real property.

NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, Marquette, Michigan. Associates of Science in Criminal Justice.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN COLORADO, Pueblo, Colorado. Major in Secondary Education – Mathematics.

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER:

High school surf team manager and coach; youth softball, baseball and soccer team manager and team parent; elementary and middle school classroom volunteer.



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