Jr. Paralegal - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Sophia C. Smith, PHR

Jr. Paralegal - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is a leading international law firm with a diversified business practice representing commercial, industrial and financial enterprises both publicly and privately held. The Firm has a long history of social responsibility and supporting the communities in which our people live and work.

Paralegals in the Private Client Practice Group work closely with the Private Client attorneys, assisting in the preparation of court papers, tax returns and other documents related to estate and trust administration.

As a Paralegal, you will:

  • Research, draft and file probate court documents 
  • Compile information, computations and draft federal and state estate or inheritance tax returns
  • Compile information, computations and draft federal gift tax returns
  • Supervise and coordinate the collection and transfer of assets, payment of debts and administration expenses and the distribution of assets to beneficiaries for probate estates and funded trusts
  • File wills in appropriate counties
  • Prepare deeds and assessor forms
  • Prepare basic forms and filings for entity formations and annual statements
  • Ensure proper docketing and timely filing of all tax returns and court papers
  • Prepare and send correspondence, including composing transmittal letters, etc.
  • Communicate with banks, other financial institutions and relevant parties to administration of trust
  • Prepare and coordinate requests for duplicating, messenger delivery, word processing, special mail handling, accounting and other office services
  • Meet with clients and attorneys concerning the estate and/or trust

Job Requirements:

  • College degree and paralegal certificate or equivalent
  • Minimum of 1-3 years’ experience as a paralegal with a law firm or financial institution, specializing in the areas of probate estate administration
  • Experience in preparation of probate court documents including opening and closing court papers, inventories and accounts
  • Proficient in administration of probate estates and funded trusts, including the collection and transfer of assets, the payment of debts and administration expenses and the distribution of assets to beneficiaries;
  • Experience in preparation of federal estate tax returns
  • Experience in preparation of federal gift tax returns preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, probate court e-filing software, CCH ProSystems fx, and EstateVal preferred
  • Notary or willingness to become notary preferred

Link to apply: 

https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/MCD1001MWAE/JobBoard/ee3db93b-ef15-4802-aa84-0db64c812ae5/Opportunity/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=407a3669-5341-4c70-88ef-8827fa0a3ac4