The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Job Title: Paralegal
Employer: Muirhead, Gaylor, Steves & Waskom, LLP; Sarasota, FL
Years of Paralegal Experience: I began working in a law office at age 17 when I graduated from high school. I became a NALA-certified paralegal at the age of 50!
Education/Degrees: Paralegal courses at State College of Florida
Specialty Areas: Estate Planning and Probate
Career Highlights: I guess it would have to be the upcoming article in Paralegal Today, and hitting your site, too!!! WOW!
Future Professional Goal: I will be going into semi-retirement January 1, 2012 – then I can write to my heart’s content!
Paralegal Practice Tip: Being a paralegal is a lot like being a waiter or waitress – polish your people skills and your grammar.
Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress: An evening glass of Pino Grigio!
Greatest Strength as a Legal Professional: I am a self-starter, nosey (I want to know ALL the details), and I am very deadline-oriented.
Favorite Internet Resource: http://www.irs.gov/
Favorite Legal Software: ACT by Symantic is a fabulous database we use as our calendar and to merge documents with Word templates we have created.
Favorite Social Media Site: Facebook – it’s the only one I know! (You can “Like” Jane at her Facebook page for her book, http://www.facebook.com/AMatterOfPride.)
Fun Fact: I’m MUCH less serious than I appear.
Last Book You Read: Heaven is for Real
Cat or Dog Person: My cat is a big orange tabby named “Valentino”.
Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook: Spaghetti – I put red wine in the sauce.
One Gadget You Can’t Live Without: Coffee Pot
Favorite Quote: “It’s only money – we’ll make more.” (I invented that quote!)
Paralegal/Legal Association Memberships: NALA, Sarasota-Manatee Association of Legal Support Specialists (SMALSS). I have also served on the State College of Florida Paralegal Advisory Board and the Sarasota County Technical Institute Legal Studies Advisory Board for many years.
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