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Need send you to Web site[removed]Graded ProjectLegal Writing Project 1ByMike Wilson, Esq.Reviewed byBrian Bastyr, Esq.All terms mentioned in this text that are known to be trademarks or servicemarks have been appropriately capitalized. Use of a term in this text shouldnot be regarded as affecting the validity of any trademark or service mark.About the AuthorMike Wilson is a freelance writer and college instructor who hashad wide legal and educational experience.He graduated with his bachelor of arts degree in English from theUniversity of Kentucky in 1976, and three years later received hislaw degree from the same school. He has been a partner in a lawfirm, a solo practitioner, and has done work in general and familymediation. He has also been a full-time instructor in ParalegalStudies at Sullivan College in Kentucky. He was given the “Teacherof the Year” award in 1997.Mr. Wilson has had a number of papers published on law-relatedtopics in both scholarly and popular journals.About the ReviewerBrian Bastyr is a senior attorney editor for West Group, a legal pub-lishing company. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University ofIllinois, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College ofLaw. He is currently a member of the Illinois bar, and has publisheda number of articles in legal journals.Copyright © 2005 by Penn Foster, Inc.All rights reserved. No part of the material protected by this copyright maybe reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic ormechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any informationstorage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copy-right owner.Requests for permission to make copies of any part of the work shouldbe mailed to Copyright Permissions, Penn Foster, 925 Oak Street, Scranton,Pennsylvania 18515.Printed in the United States of AmericaiiiINTRODUCTION 1EXERCISES 2CASES 9STATUTES 18TIPS 19WRITING GUIDELINES 21SUBMITTING YOUR PROJECT 21GRADING CRITERIA 22ContentsContents1INTRODUCTIONBackground.This graded project provides practical experi-ence in the type of legal writing you may be asked to do asa paralegal.Procedure.This project involves three exercises. For thefirst exercise, you’ll prepare a letter to a client advising herof the date and time of her tax assessment appeal hearing.For the second exercise, you’ll prepare a deed for a clientwho is selling her property. In the first and second exercises,you’ll also be asked to review your supervising attorney’smemo and then prepare the required document. A form letterand deed are provided to you to help in completing theassignment. For the final exercise, you’ll prepare an internalmemorandum to your supervising attorney addressing a par-ticular issue of law. Statutory and court authority needed tocomplete this assignment are provided.Goal.When you’ve completed this project, you’ll haveexperiencepreparing several types of legal writing, whichyou may be asked to do as a paralegal in a law firm. You’llalso have practice in following very specific formats andforms in completing these projects, and in using clear, pre-cise language and good grammar, spelling, and punctuationwhen you write.Legal Writing Project 1Legal Writing Project 12EXERCISESExercise 1: Preparing a Letter to a ClientInFigure 1, you’ll find a memo from your supervising attorneyasking you to prepare a letter to your client, Jane Smith. Inthe memo, your supervising attorney is telling you that hehas received a Tax Assessors’ Office Hearing Notice and shewants you to send a letter to Ms. Smith advising her of thathearing. The information that should be included in yourletter to the client is in both the memo from your supervisingattorney and the appeal hearing notice shown inFigure 2.When you’re preparing your letter, make sure you use theletter writing recommendations included in theLegal Writingstudy unit. The letter should go out under your signature,not your supervising attorney’s signature. The letter to Ms.Smith should go to the property address listed in the TaxNotice. Sample letterhead for your law firm is shown inFigure 3.Use the client’s address that’s listed in the hearing notice.MemoFrom:Supervising Attorney, ESTo:ParalegalDate:TodayRe:Jane Smith, Tax AppealOur File No.Smith-3-04Please send a letter to Ms. Smith advising her of her tax appeal hearing per theattached notice. Please make sure she remembers she is to meet me in thelobby ten minutes before the hearing is scheduled to begin and that she shouldbring pictures of all comparable houses in her area as per our earlier meeting.ESFIGURE 1—Memo from Supervising Attorney to Paralegal