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Litigation Paralegal

Meyer Capel Law Firm is looking for a skilled litigation paralegal to assist during all phases of the litigation process.  Duties will include legal research, discovery document review, investigation, service of process, drafting pleadings, motions, briefs, other legal memoranda, and jury instructions.  This position will also assist with discovery and formulation of arguments and assist at hearings and trials.  Requirements include proven working experience as a litigation paralegal, strong written and communication skills along with attention to detail.  Organization and the ability to handle multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment is a must.  A paralegal associates degree or other relevant certification is required.  Compensation will be contingent upon experience. Please send cover letter, resume and a writing sample to: lbailie@meyercapel.com    EOE

Litigation Legal Assistant

Seeking a professional assistant to work with two attorneys in the litigation area. The ideal candidate will have prior experience, good computer & technology skills plus enjoy client contact. Compensation contingent upon experience. Please send resume and cover letter to lbailie@meyercapel.com    EOE

Estate & Trust Legal Assistant

Meyer Capel is seeking a tech-savvy, full-time legal assistant to support its dynamic estate and trust department at its Champaign office. 

The Ideal Candidate. The ideal candidate (1) is highly skilled at utilizing Adobe Acrobat DC, Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Zoom, and AdobeSign; (2) learns quickly and seeks to anticipate the needs of others; (3) takes exceptionally diligent care of clients; (4) thrives while multi-tasking; (5) can shift priorities to meet deadlines.

Responsibilities. The job responsibilities include:

1.          Dedicate approximately one-half of time to assisting a remote estate/trust attorney, and dedicate approximately one-half of time to additional ad hoc tasks from the estate/trust department;

2.          Check for conflicts of interest; intake clients; manage attorney calendars and coordinate meetings;

3.          Gather and digitize financial, legal, and other documents; input, collect, compile, organize, and analyze confidential information;

4.          Prepare engagement letters, closing letters, other correspondence, and estate plan documents with attorney supervision;

5.          Print and flag signature-ready estate planning and administration documents;

6.          Serve as witness to estate planning signing ceremonies; notarize documents;

7.          Coordinate e-signatures via AdobeSign; e-file probate court documents; retrieve public records;

8.          Collaborate with other colleagues in a professional service environment;

9.          Serve as back-up to other administrative service functions as needed, provide coverage for vacations and absences;

10.       Handle incoming telephone calls;

11.       Maintain the estate/trust department’s estate planning archives;

12.       Be knowledgeable of office policies and procedures; and

13.       Conduct other ad hoc tasks for the benefit of the department.

 

Necessary Qualifications. Applicant must satisfy the following mandatory minimum qualifications:

1.          Has efficient command of Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat DC, Outlook, Excel, Zoom, and AdobeSign;

2.          Is extremely well organized, dependable, and pays attention to detail;

3.          Follows rules and procedures;

4.          Demonstrates terrific proofreading skills, written communication skills, and oral communication skills;

5.          Is a solutions-oriented teammate;

6.          Displays a high-level of autonomy and is a self-starter who follows through on commitments; and

7.          Strives for efficiency without sacrificing quality.

 

Preferred Qualifications. The preferred (but not mandatory) qualifications include: 

1.          Has 2 or more years of work experience as an estate/trust legal assistant or in estate/trust settlement or wealth management at a financial institution or trust company;

2.          Has a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or a paralegal certificate; and

3.          Is a notary public.

 

Position TypeFull-time Employment

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Meyer Capel offers a competitive benefits package which can be discussed during the interview process.

Is this position part timeNo

Work location: 310 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820

How to Apply:  Submit cover letter, resume, and education transcript by e-mail to Forrest Heyman at fheyman@meyercapel.com. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Summer Associates and Seasonal Associates

Spring 2022 Seasonal Associate (Part-Time)

Meyer Capel, one of the most diversified firms in Champaign and downstate Illinois, is seeking 2L (Class of 2023), and/or 3L (Class of 2022) seasonal associates for part-time work at its Champaign office (306 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820) during the university’s Spring 2022 semester. Hours during the academic school year are approximately 12-15 hours per week (negotiable), worked in 3 or 4-hour increments. There may be a possibility of offering continued employment after the initial engagement concludes. 

 

Seasonal associates assist the firm's attorneys in handling research projects, drafting pleadings, contracts, and various other documents. Seasonal associates will be exposed to a wide range of practice areas (e.g., litigation, transactional, estate/trust, etc.). As time permits, seasonal associates are also encouraged to sit in on client meetings, depositions, court hearings, real estate closings, estate plan signings, etc., in an effort to gain experience related to the practice of law and the business of private legal practice. This position is a terrific opportunity for students interested in private practice at a mid-sized firm that values its clients, staff, and culture.    

 

Desired Class Level(s) 2L, 3L

Location: 306W. Church St., Champaign, Illinois, United States

Compensation: $15 per hour for 2L; $16 per hour for 3L

How to Apply:
Submit cover letter, transcript (unofficial will suffice), and writing sample by e-mail to:
fheyman@meyercapel.com 

Address cover letter to:
Forrest Heyman
Meyer Capel, a Professional Corporation
306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820

 

Meyer Capel, A Professional Corporation is committed to creating a diverse workplace and is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital or parental status, alienage, disability, political affiliation or belief, or military status.