Four staff members of Hook Law Group, 4918 Floramar Terrace, recently were designated as Florida Certified Paralegals by the Florida Bar Association. According to Joan Nelson Hook, Esq., founder of the law firm, they are:
Hook says the designation was established by the Florida Bar Association to set professional and ethical standards for paralegals, who are vital to the day-to-day operations of a law firm. To qualify for certification, a paralegal must have earned a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from an approved paralegal program and have at least a year of paralegal work experience.
An alternative is to have earned an associates degree and have at least two years of paralegal work experience.
But the process doesn’t end there. To maintain certification, a Florida Registered Paralegal must complete at least 30 hours of continuing education every three years with at least five hours of study in legal ethics or professionalism.
Specializing in elder law, Hook Law Group handles all aspects of planning,counseling, educating and advocating for elderly clients and their families. This includes dealing with Medicaid, estate and long-term-care planning; probate; guardianship; special needs trusts; will and trust administration and inter-generational issues.
Attorneys Joan and David Hook are members of The Florida Bar, West Pasco Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys and Florida State Guardianship Association.
More information about Hook Law Group is available by calling (727) 842-1001.