State of Massachusetts Paralegal Specialist in Worcester, Massachusetts

The paralegal specialist prepares guardianship petitions and related legal pleadings for filing in various probate courts; tracks all court approved medication orders and arranges for periodic court reviews of these orders. The paralegal specialist works with physicians and other professional health care providers to obtain affidavits and other documents necessary for court reviews; maintains and updates both paper and electronic case files; maintains electronic filing systems with a schedule of return dates, hearing and trial dates, etc. The paralegal specialist will file cases in the various probate courts throughout the Commonwealth, process court documents to ensure that all parties receive copies, establish and maintain good working relationships with court personnel, attorneys, families, service coordinators and carry out other related duties as may be assigned.

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The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.

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A criminal and tax background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact DCS Central Office Human Resources at 1 (800) 393-9324.

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First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.


Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, paraprofessional experience in legal research or legal assistant work, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. An Associate's or higher degree with a major in paralegal studies may be substituted for the required experience.

II. Completion of one year of study at a recognized, degree-granting law school may be substituted for the required experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's License may be required.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Legal Services

Organization: *Department of Developmental Services

Title: Paralegal Specialist

Location: Massachusetts-Worcester - 324 Clark St

Requisition ID: 180001BG