ERIC Number: ED124693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Paralegal Interviewing; Fact-Gathering and the Human Perspective. Trainee's Handbook.
Collins, Wanda R.; Donnelly, Terrence M.
The handbook is part of a series on legal services for the elderly which can be provided by senior citizens functioning as paralegals. It presents interviewing techniques to be used in the legal setting and is designed to provide additional information which could not be included in the accompanying film. The document consists of 12 sections based on comments on the film together with discussion and questions under the following headings: (1) film overview, (2) opening the interview, (3) explaining the role of the legal assistant, (4) getting the client to talk about his problem, (5) expressing concern for the client's predicament, (6) exploring the client's social situation, (7) focused fact-gathering, (8) handling client's feelings, (9) getting the consent of an informed client, (10) promising success and giving legal advice, (11) closing the interview, and (12) epilogue. A discussion of issues involved in determining disability under the Social Security Act and a bibliography conclude the document. (EC)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Rural Legal Assistance, San Francisco.
Note: For related documents, see CE 007 231-235. The film which accompanies this handbook can be rented from the California Rural Legal Assistance Office, National Senior Citizens Law Center, 942 Market Street, Suite 606, San Francisco, California 94102; Photographs have been deleted as they will not reproduce