SUMMARY: This position is an entry-level paralegal trainee position in the Seattle Trusts & Estates Department with a career path to becoming a full-time paralegal. While a trainee, the candidate will gain the necessary experience by providing administrative support to the department’s paralegals and performing billable tasks as directed.
RESPONSIBILITIES (With day-to-day oversight and quality control by paralegals)
Provide administrative support to the T&E paralegals.
Actively participate in in-house training/mentoring with department members and offsite educational opportunities as available; maintain written record of ongoing training provided.
Assist paralegals in all aspects of estate administration as needed.
Organize and maintain department files as directed.
Draft correspondence and pleadings.
Assist in obtaining and organizing estate asset information.
Assist in compiling information for estate, income, and gift tax returns.
Assist in preparation of accounting and distribution schedules.
Assist in preparing transfer documents, including deeds, assignments and bills of sale.
Assist in research and preparation of valuation reports and inventories as directed.
Accurately and completely record billable time spent and tasks performed in accordance with firm policy and client-imposed billing protocols; enter and release time promptly in compliance with the firm’s announced deadlines.
Accurately and promptly submit records of hours worked in compliance with the firm’s established deadlines.
CANDIDATE PROFILE Work Experience & Abilities Required
High degree of attention to detail.
Ability to accurately type 50+ wpm.
Excellent mathematical, grammar, and proofreading skills.
Experience with Microsoft Office products is required.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
Ability to work in a team-oriented, service focused environment and to handle stressful situations in a calm, composed manner.
Ability to communicate in a professional, courteous manner.
Ability to prioritize tasks and to complete projects with minimal supervision.
Ability to follow client confidentiality guidelines.
Strong time management skills.
Legal experience preferred, but not required.
Medical, dental and vision coverage
Flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care
Health savings account
Back Up Care for children and adults
401(k) and retirement plans
Life insurance, AD&D and long-term disability insurance
Paid vacation and sick leave; paid holidays
Employee assistance program
Employee referral program
Discounts on legal services
Paid sabbatical after 13 years of employment
This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.
The List that Shaped a Legacy
Davis Wright Tremaine is dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences.
This commitment has remained intact for decades as the firm has grown across the nation and to China. Today, Davis Wright is a full-service firm with approximately 500 lawyers in nine offices on t...he east and west coasts of the United States and in Shanghai. We are recognized for excellence in a broad number of areas, with 89 of our attorneys across 31 practice areas cited as leaders in their fields in the most recent Chambers USA guide, and over 140 of our attorneys across 56 practice areas included in the 2015 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."
Focused on the Future
While we honor and have great regard for our history, Davis Wright is focused on the future of providing legal services. We believe the future will reward those lawyers and firms that innovate and persist in tuning their services to the real-life, changing business needs of their clients. The ability to deliver customized excellence is based on listening to and understanding our clients, and being sufficiently flexible to adapt our approach to the client’s needs in the context of the particular situation in which we were hired. That involves talking with our clients, learning what their success measures are, and collaborating with them to ensure our service helps them accomplish those measures.
This always involves excellent lawyering but it also includes:
deep industry knowledge,
gains in efficiency in performing work that does not require a customized solution, or
the application of technology to reduce cycle time and improve quality.
How We Work with Clients
We use a number of techniques to ensure we understand our clients. We use client teams to enhance communication and collaboration among our lawyers, to advance our understanding of our clients’ business objectives, and to confirm with clients that our service model is aligned with their needs. Each year, we conduct dozens of face-to-face client service interviews, led by senior members of the firm, to solicit specific feedback on our lawyers and work, and to understand how, from the client’s perspective, we can improve. And, on a daily basis, we expect our lawyers to deliver value that includes not just excellent legal service but also business insight, user-friendliness, and flawless support.
We believe the way we work with clients is a distinctive feature of the firm and we make it a priority to reinforce its importance.
Teams That Collaborate
In terms of our services, we supplement depth and strength in the core legal functions of litigation, business transactions, intellectual property, and employment with nationally-recognized, broadly-based teams focused on a number of highly regulated industries—including communications, media, financial services, health care, energy, and hospitality. These teams collaborate effectively to provide a unified legal solution that is well-informed by the particular business and regulatory circumstances that influence our clients’ businesses and the legal work they need.
We focus on what we do extremely well. This means we will not be all things to all clients, but that they will place a high value on their relationship with Davis Wright.