Why a Lawyer and Not a Paralegal?

Our clients ask why anyone would hire a less qualified firm for the same cost, knowing they may be squaring off against their employer and their managers (and lawyers) in a hearing, as well as WSIB case managers throughout the claims process.


Our clients ask why you would hire a paralegal instead of a Lawyer? Our answer… We are highly trained with a 5 year degree in law (LLB). and must pass the bar exam while paralegals receive a certificate after approximately one year of college.

We charge based on results. We obtain a similar scale to paralegals - however they cannot act for you in LTD/STD matters.

This inability by paralegals to represent you or give you advise about STD/LTD benefits can work a serious and significant prejudice to you.

This is aside from the fact paralegals are only required to attend 1 and ½ years school while lawyers must attend 3 years of law school after receiving a B.A. (many paralegals do not have this), one year of articling(clerkship) and another almost year of Bar Admission , for a total of 5 years of attorney training.

Some paralegals have no formal education whatsoever having been allowed a license by being “grandfathered” in to membership. Some have merely been employed previously by WSIB with no legal training whatsoever.

Prior to retaining a paralegal the client should fully satisfy themselves as to the paralegal’s training, expertise and overall knowledge; and then ask about benefits arising from their STD/LTD (see above).

Paralegals are not permitted to refer to their business as “Institutes” or the like so as to suggest they belong to some organization other than a paralegal business.

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