Paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training and work experience to perform certain legal work, but not fully qualified as a lawyer.
In a lot of ways, the work that Attorneys do in the office is similar to the work that Paralegals do as well. Both can prepare, file, and review legal documents, and both can provide information about how the various legal systems work and what the processes are.
However, where the two diverge is in representation and in legal advice. A Paralegal cannot legally represent you and they cannot provide you with legal advice. There are a lot more technicalities of what a Paralegal can do and what they are limited to, but these are the main two differences.
Again, the answer is situational; but, we can provide you with a FREE first time consultation, hear about your case, and we could let you know if our paralegal services are more than enough, or schedule you an appointment with our attorney's if that is what you need.
The answer is situational but simple as well. Normally, an attorney's services cost more than a Paralegal's, and in some cases, it would be easier, more time efficient, and cheaper to hire a Paralegal if all you need is document assistant, for example if all you need to do is prepare and file documents.
Some cases, such as bankruptcies, require an attorney, or sometimes in cases that an attorney is optional, such as a divorce, an attorney may be needed if the situation becomes complex or you would need to appear multiple times in court.
As of January 2019, if you:
Generally, if you worked throughout the year in a job where taxes were deducted, you should still see about filing a return. Most likely, some of your earnings were witheld by the government and was used as an estimated way to pay your taxes throughout the year. At the beginning of the next year when you file taxes, your Income Tax Declaration would show that the amount you should have been taxed is less than the amount the government witheld from your earnings. You would then receive a refund for filing your taxes.
In short, dependents are people or a person you can claim on your tax return. These are people who essentially depend from you and you are a provider for them, a caretaker of them, or both. Although for 2018 taxes you won't be automatically taxed less for every dependent you claim, dependents can potentially qualify you for some credits and deductions that could still reduce your tax. There are two types of dependents: Qualify Child and Qualifying Relative.
A Qualifying child is someone who is:
If the person you want to claim as a dependent does not meet these criteria, then they could still be your dependent by being a Qualifying Relative, if:
- IF THE PERSON IS A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY (legally, by blood, or by adoption) THEY DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE WITH YOU ALL YEAR.
A filing status is a way for the government to classify your appropiate tax rate/ tax for your income or financial situation. Depending on your filing status, your tax rate, credit qualifications and amounts, the amounts to deduct your income, and other key factors can change drastically.
- Be Considered Unmarried before the end of the year or Unmarried all year. If you're still married, but your spouse spent the last 6 months away from the house, you still qualify for Head of Household
- Provide more than half of the maintenance/ support of your house/household
- Need at least one qualifying person, either a Qualifying Child or a Qualifying Relative by legallity, blood, or adoption. Your parents can also qualify you for Head of Household, even if they didn't live with you, but you have to provide half of their support.