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Title : Paralegal

Location : Oregon - Portland
Refer to Job # BOUS816217

Experience the prestige and challenge of Fortune 500 companies including dot coms, while enjoying the sunny lifestyle of the Southwest at this very busy, larger firm. Well-reputed in intellectual property, civil and securities litigation and corporate transactional practices, it is always striving towards excellence and professionalism in its associates, and actively encourages new associates to delve into responsible roles as soon as possible. Ready to meet the challenge? The associates here are some of the happiest associates in Phoenix and truly seem to enjoy the work that they do. We do not need to tell you that as a very successful Arizona firm the people here do appear to work very hard and we hate to say it but we will: Many are working New York type hours. The firm also has been criticized in many respects for its lack of diversity; however, we do not believe that this is a serious problem because the firm's recent hires have all been very diverse in our opinion. The firm also receives very high scores for the treatment of associates by partners and there does appear to be a very good relationship here between associates and partners with associates feeling they are part of the mix to a great degree and respected by partners. Most associates at this firm would much rather stay with the firm than switch firms. In our book this is a good sign.
Paralegal DUTIES: Drafting court documents and related probate documents based on knowledge of Washington probate proceedings, and presenting uncontested matters at ex parte hearings. Preparing gift and estate tax returns. Assisting with the analysis, calculation, or preparation of asset and gift spreadsheets using Excel and/or other software. Preparing documents related to the transfer of assets, including disclaimers, notices of withdrawal rights, and assignments. Attending meetings and participating in conference calls with clients. Managing all aspects of estate and trust administration. QUALIFICATIONS: Must have a Bachelor's degree and 3+ years of recent experience in probate and trust administration. Paralegal certification is preferred. Must have advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications. Should have the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; ability to handle multiple tasks and concurrent deadlines and to communicate the status of projects; ability to analyze data and organize it for presentation to clients; close attention to detail; and ability to work independently upon receiving assignments. Must possess a client-focused approach to work, be able to handle multiple assignments efficiently, work well under pressure, and have the flexibility to assist teams in meeting client demands on accelerated schedules. Must have a strong work ethic, be a self-starter, and operate with strong initiative to meet billable requirements.

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