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Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

A person who does legal work but is not licensed to practice law or give legal advice. Paralegals employed by a law office often handle the routine tasks and paperwork of a law practice. Independent paralegals (those who work directly with the public, not for lawyers) assist their customers by providing forms, helping people fill them out correctly, and filing them with the proper court.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.