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How Is Math Used in Paralegal Studies?

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Math used by paralegals ranges from simple to complex, but it is used in every practice area. Here are some examples of where math and the law cross paths.

Family Law

Family law paralegals may be responsible for determining spousal support requirements and calculating child support, analyzing retirement benefits and how they can be divided, arranging for appraisals of property, drafting property settlement agreements and drafting discovery requests for information relating to assets, income and liabilities.

Litigation

There are many types of litigation; all involve calculating due dates and statutes of limitation. Litigation paralegals may also be responsible for calculating economic damages; preparing, maintaining and updating damage summaries; and preparing settlement calculations.

Probate and Estate Administration

Probate paralegals perform trust accounting, draft tax returns, distribute trust assets, maintain financial records, prepare accountings, evaluate assets, draft distribution schedules and coordinate or direct the distribution of assets.

Real Estate

Real estate paralegals may prorate taxes and utilities, obtain closing figures from bank and prorate closing costs, and perform financial calculations, including amortization, annual percentage rate, discounting and net present value.

Other Practice Areas

Bankruptcy paralegals draft financial statements and reports. Employee benefits paralegals calculate employer contributions and forfeitures and allocate them to participant accounts. Tax paralegals calculate interest and penalties. Workers compensation paralegals calculate average wages and benefits.