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paralegals must be indicative of their status as nonlawyers and not imply that they are
 T          h other titles
       T      
            
         ch the paralegal work s, e.g.,
     T      
          See, e.g.,
C  N M ‘           
      
Most state guidelines specifically endorse paralegals signing correspondence so long a s
their status as a paralegal is clearly indicated by an app ropriate title. See ABA Informal
Opinion 1367 (1976).
GUIDELINE 5 A           
        
COMMENT
T          to the client.
Under Guideline 4, above, a lawyer who employs a paralegal has an obligation to ensure
that the status of the paralegal as a nonlawyer is fully disclosed. The primary purpose of
this disclosure is to avoid confusion that might lead someone to belie ve that the paralegal is
a lawyer. The identification suggested by this guideline is consistent with that objective
while also affording the paralegal recognition as an important member of the legal services
team.
Paralegals may use business cards and, in many jurisdictions, may be listed on the
firm letterhead and web site. Listings must make it clear when the listed person is a
nonlawyer.
ABA Informal Opinion 1527 (1989) provides that nonlawyer support personnel, including
paralegals, may be listed           
approve of paralegals having business cards. See also ABA Informal Opinion 1185 (1971).
T               
personnel who are    
All state guidelines and ethics opinions that address the issue approve of business cards for
          See, e .g., Florida State Bar
A C  P E O   K B A P E O 
“ B  M “ C  P  J E ‘I  M
L P ‘ B O   “    
and format of the card or the title to be used. E.g., Georgia Guidelines for Attorneys
Utilizing Paralegals, State Disciplinary Board Advisory Op. No. 21 (1977); South Carolina Bar
E O    T G G   U   “  L
Ass  A G VIII A       

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