Paralegal - Probate

At Taft, we work as one team, driven and committed to helping our clients succeed. A full-service law firm with approximately 475 attorneys and 800 employees firm-wide, we have the collaborative approach, advanced technological resources, and depth of services that make us a preeminent law firm in the Midwest.

We are looking for an energetic, customer-service focused part-time paralegal with experience to join our litigation team in Taft’s Cleveland office.

We are seeking a part-time Paralegal with 3 years’ experience supporting our Cleveland office as a Probate Paralegal. Paralegals serve clients by providing administrative support to attorneys. All Taft employees operate under a “Client First” philosophy—in all things, we seek to provide exceptional services to our clients. 

Essential Duties:

  • Follows the ethical requirements set forth by the Rules of Professional Conduct of the applicable jurisdiction.
  • Reviews and analyzes documents and other materials pertinent to the matter.
  • Drafts routine legal documents and correspondence.
  • Organizes and maintains files for each matter.
  • Drafts legal documents and proofreads for accuracy
  • Files documents and pleadings with various courts and other agencies.
  • Analyzes records provided by clients, CPAs, banks and corporate fiduciaries, identifies assets held at death, values all estate assets utilizing IRS-approved methods, and calculates accruals.
  • Drafts Federal and State Estate Tax Returns and proofreads for accuracy.
  • Analyzes financial records and drafts internal office inventories, Probate Court Inventories and Fiduciary and Trust Accountings.
  • Assists clients and others in collecting estate assets by compiling required legal transfer documentation and completes claim and new account forms.
  • Manages checkbooks for Estate and Trust funds and maintains accountings of funds received and expended.
  • Conducts research using all available resources including print materials and online resources.
  • Contacts and interviews parties relevant to the matter; prepares summaries.
  • Ability to reason and apply common sense understanding to resolve problems and carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.
  • Uses computerized specialty practice area software.


  • 3+ years’ experience with Probate legal work.
  • Paralegal Certification, or equivalent combination of experience.
  • Proficient command of the English language and standard grammar rules.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.

Any interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Alycen Cummings at

Taft is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The information in this posting presents general duties, tasks and responsibilities but is not intended to be an exhaustive listing.