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Kara Dechaine

Experienced and Certified Paralegal

Bordentown, NJ

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• Paralegal supervisor in charge of department files; accessed plan of action and would assign paralegals and legal secretaries and support staff tasks and projects to be completed. 
• Reviewed title policies and worked with title companies to clear up all title issues.  
• Drafted and prepared various closing documents needed for various types of commercial and residential real estate closings.  
• Prepared workout agreements and other various loan modification documents.  
• Opened transactional and litigation files, digested loan documents to ensure proper recording was done and access if any part of loan documents were missing and drafted memos to file regarding loan history. 
• Reviewed bi-weekly reports from regarding the status of files and would distribute monthly status reports to client.  
• Participated in weekly team meetings with paralegals and support staff regarding workloads and goals to be ascertained and expected by the attorneys.  
• Participated in meetings weekly with firm partners and other attorneys in the various departments regarding new matters expected to receive, status of files, discussed pending matters and actions to take.  
• Followed up on outstanding issues and kept attorney informed of status.  
• Communicated with clients regarding status and file assessment.  
• Worked commercial litigation files in both law division and foreclosure actions from beginning to end.  
• Drafted complaints for suit on the mortgage and also the note, objections, motions in both federal and state courts, proofs of claim and any pleading for bankruptcy cases in Chapter 7, 13 and 11.  
• Drafted and prepared subpoenas, notice of depositions, settlement demands, and other pleadings in civil matters for both the state and federal courts. 
• Prepared legal documents for civil matters such as pleadings, discovery and correspondence, using various software programs.  
• Filed and served all legal documents with the courts and opposing counsel according to rules and regulations of the court the suit is venued.

Work Experience

Paralegal

Budd Larner
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Short Hills, NJ
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April 2012 to December 2012

--Drafting of all pleadings for foreclosure matters from drafting complaints through final judgment as well handling through sheriff sale on residential and commercial properties. 
--Reviewed title policies and worked with title companies to clear up all title issues. 
--Worked commercial litigation files in both law division and foreclosure actions from beginning to end under supervision of attorney.  
--Prepared of workout agreements and other various loan modification documents.  
--Sole paralegal which handled foreclosure actions through final judgment.  
--Opened new litigation and transactional files and digested loan documents and accessed action for file.  
--Communicated directly with clients regarding status of file and provided monthly status reports.  
--Coordinated production and organization of documents from outside counsel in connection with litigations.  
--On own initiative, followed up on outstanding issues and kept attorney informed of status.

Paralegal

Bank of America, NA
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Newark, NJ
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June 2011 to April 2012

--Reviewed files which Bank of America foreclosed upon during the years of 2009 and 2010 under the guidelines determined by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency under the Independent Foreclosure Review Process.  
--Responsibilities included but were not limited to, evaluating foreclosed loans during the File Review and/or Claim Review process, determine if all required loss mitigation activities were handled and documented in accordance with the requirements of HAMP, and verified proprietary modifications and other programs' requirements prior to making the final foreclosure determination.  
--Other tasks included ensuring that all required processes and procedures were followed, systems of record were properly notated, documentation available and imaged and appropriate borrower communication (verbal and written) was performed in accordance with Bank Procedures.  
--All files were reviewed in their entirety to determine whether or not any errors, misrepresentations or other deficiencies identified in the Foreclosure Review resulted in financial injury to the borrower or the mortgagee.

Paralegal (Temporary assignment for maternity leave)

Archer Greiner, PC
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Haddonfield, NJ
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December 2010 to May 2011

--Drafting of all pleadings for foreclosure matters from drafting complaints through final judgment as well handling through sheriff sale.  
--Working on bankruptcy cases where firm represents the Trustee for the cases and preparing documents regarding omnibus claim objections, fee applications, various motions and objections in cases venued in New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania.  
--In charge of bankruptcy collections matters for former clients owing money to firm and monitoring of same and drafting monthly status reports.  
--Preparing legal documents, such as pleadings, discovery and correspondence, using various software programs.  
--Filing and serving all legal documents with the courts and opposing counsel.

Paralegal

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
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Princeton, NJ
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January 2008 to December 2010

(followeed attorney from Parker McCay to come to firm) 
--Reviewed title policies and worked with title companies to clear up all title issues.  
--Drafted and prepared various closing documents needed for various types of commercial and residential real estate closings.  
--Prepared workout agreements and other various loan modification documents.  
--Review of monthly draft bills, make changes and ensure the client guidelines are followed and bills are correct and accurate and client is not being over charged for time submitted for certain tasks. 
--Worked commercial litigation files in both law division and foreclosure actions from beginning to end.  
--Drafted complaints for suit on the mortgage and also the note, objections, motions in both federal and state courts, proofs of claim and any pleading for bankruptcy cases in Chapter 7, 13 and 11.  
--Drafted and prepared subpoenas, notice of depositions, settlement demands, and other pleadings in civil matters for both the state and federal courts. 
--Prepared legal documents for civil matters such as pleadings, discovery and correspondence, using various software programs.  
--Filed and served all legal documents with the courts and opposing counsel according to rules and regulations of the court the suit is venued.--Reviewed bi-weekly reports from regarding the status of files and would distribute monthly status reports to client.  
--Reviewed memos regarding work completed from other staff and discussed changes. 
--Coordinated negotiation of banking agreements with client and outside counsel. Directed the execution and delivery of documents to ensure properly signed and notarized with all parties.  
--Opened transactional and litigation files, digested loan documents to ensure proper recording was done and access if any part of loan documents were missing and drafted memos to file regarding loan history. 
--Coordinated production and organization of documents from outside counsel in connection with litigations and would draft communication to clients regarding information needed for cases. 
--Coordinated negotiation of banking agreements with client and outside counsel. Directed the execution and delivery of documents to ensure properly signed and notarized with all parties.  
--Opened transactional and litigation files, digested loan documents to ensure proper recording was done and access if any part of loan documents were missing and drafted memos to file regarding loan history. 
--Coordinated production and organization of documents from outside counsel in connection with litigations and would draft communication to clients regarding information needed for cases.

Paralegal

Parker McCay, PA
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Marlton, NJ
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September 2002 to January 2008

Paralegal (February 2006 – January 2008)  
--Performed identical tasks to those listed under Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.  
--Followed Parker McCay attorney to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in January of 2008.  
 
Legal Assistant (September 2003 – February 2006)  
--In charge of the calendars for three attorneys and held the responsibility to adjourn and or reschedule events when a conflict existed.  
--Draft and prepare subpoenas, notice of depositions, settlement demands, and other pleadings in civil matters for both the state and federal courts.  
--Prepare various documents to be filed for the federal bankruptcy cases (mainly Chapter 11 and Chapter 13). 
--In charge of keeping the calendar for filing deadlines and drafting the initial pleading to be filed by the attorney.  
--Responsibilities extend to monitoring the case schedule through PACER; written and verbal communication with the courts, clients, and other various parties involved in the case; organization of the file setup, maintenance, and follow-ups for tasks that are necessary; gather all documents related to the event that help to support the claim or defense used.

Legal Secretary

O'Malley& Catanese
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Trenton, NJ
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August 2002 to September 2003

--Took charge of the monthly office billing and collection of counsel fees to ensure that payment was received for the services rendered.  
--Monitored the litigation process for the worker’s compensation division along with the sole responsibility of the files.  
--Responsibilities included: keeping the schedule for attorney along with setting up the consultations, other office conferences, notifying the court and relative parties of an adjournment if necessary; composed correspondence; drafted documents for estate planning and probate process; prepared and filed responsive pleadings; delegated the follow-up calls to clients and/ or adverse parties.

Education

Paralegal Certification in Paralegal Studies

Mercer County Community College -
Trenton, NJ

2002 to 2003

Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Central Florida Community College -
Ocala, FL

2000 to 2002

Skills

Able to work independently with minimal supervision~~Can handle a fast paced work environment and adjust priorities of work~~Proficient with the interpretation of complex legal documents~~Exceptionally organized and detail oriented~~Strong time and project management skills~~Team leadership skills~~Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written~~Experienced drafting, revising and finalizing court documents~~Ability to comprehend survey drawings, zoning ordinances and municipal processes~~Ability to decipher title searches and review surveys~~Prepare legal property descriptions and deeds for property transfers~~Coordination of all aspects of a real estate closing and manage the post-closing process~~Ability to conduct legal research using Westlaw, Lexis and other legal publications.