I began working with the firm in February of 2021, while also working to complete my classes through for the ABA accredited paralegal certificate through Anne Arundel Community College.
Obviously, the timing has significance. It was during the national response to the COVID epidemic. Like many businesses, Franke Beckett LLC had changed how it conducted business. The firm maintained, however, its team-based approach by having an “all hands” call each morning and our weekly “all hands” staff meeting remotely. For a new hire, this was important to let me become part of the team. In late May of 2021, we were able to start going back to in-person staff meetings.
Work in a law firm requires attention to detail and carefully following procedures designed to document client intentions and workflow. When I started, the firm was staffed on a hybrid in-person and virtual schedule. The onboarding process, however, worked well. The combination of direct access to anyone at the firm plus written checklists and detailed written procedures made acclimating doable regardless of the COVID constraints.
When I started, client meetings exclusively were remote. The various estate planning documents have specific witnessing and/or notarization requirements. Because the firm suspended in-person meetings, document execution was handled by an audio/visual link to our office. We then could provide the necessary witnesses and notarization “virtually.” I went from never witnessing a legal document to witnessing over 30 estate planning documents with our clients linked visually during my first few months with the firm.
I have grown in my knowledge of legal work and client satisfaction throughout my time with the firm. The small office environment truly helps to give the best possible service to clients, as everyone is up to date on current matters and can assist clients at any time. I am incredibly thankful to be working with such an amazing team, and for the mentorship this firm provides me.
I am a recent graduate from a small liberal arts college in Kansas, where I majored in Political Science and Criminology. I am a member of the Constitutional Fellows Program of Distinction and the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society, both of which played a major part in my interest in the law and current events. Throughout my last semester at college, I worked virtually for a Personal Injuries Lawyer based out in Massachusetts, part-time. After my final semester of college, in December of 2020, I returned home to Annapolis, Maryland.