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Legal research services are an important part of any law practice. But they are also time-consuming. That’s why clients welcome the expert research services of our Legal Edge Services team, including our certified paralegals.

According to Cornell University Law School, one of the primary uses for legal research is to find authoritative sources that help attorneys identify a solution to a specific legal problem.

Primary authorities are the rules of law that are binding upon courts, government, and individuals. Examples: Statutes, regulations, court orders, and court decisions generated by courts, legislatures, and administrative agencies.

Secondary authorities are commentaries about the law. And, while comments have no binding effect, they can aid in explaining what the law is or should be.

The resources available to researchers in their search for legal authority are enormous and complex. Resources come in many forms, including paper, film, and electronic records. Some resources are indexed well, while others are not. For these reasons, many law schools require law students to take classes in legal research.  Paralegals are also trained in legal research skills, and our certified paralegals are no exception.

Legal research services are time-consuming but necessary

Legal research services from Legal Edge Services reflect our ability to access a wide array of primary and secondary authoritative sources. These include legal encyclopedias, treatises, American Law Reports, law reviews, legal periodicals, and various other authorities.

To get the most from these different resources, our legal research services team brings years of experience and analytical thinking to every project. As a result, your can count on our research to be thorough, on-target, and on-time.

Want to learn more about legal research? Check out the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School.