Legal Specialist

Employer: Williamson County Attorney’s Office
Location: Georgetown, Texas
POSITION:   Legal Specialist
SALARY:      $35,841.78 – $41,218.05

JOB SUMMARY:

Reports directly to the Chief Legal Assistant, the Legal Specialist prepares, manages, and reconciles deposits and monetary funds in the County Attorney’s Office along with working closely with the County Auditor to make sure funds are deposited appropriately, and also handles all “hot check” collection efforts with defendants not in compliance with the law by researching and processing final notice letters, warrant and complaint information.

General Duties:

Answers multi-line phone while assisting visitors to the office.

Communicates frequently with crime victims, families of crime victims, witnesses, local law enforcement agencies, defendants, attorneys, merchants, County Clerk’s Office and general public.

Processes unresolved collection issues by making calls to defendants not in compliance.

Processes criminal case files for each defendant and prepares summary documentation on defendants with upcoming court dates.

Processes entries of checks into the system, prepares demand letters, receipts payments for balances due, prepares and validates deposits, generates reports to monitor progression of all checks, drafts and files complaints.

Makes collection calls to defendants.

Prepares and verifies deposits and disbursements.

Processes payments for Hot Check Restitution.

Balances cash drawer to ensure accurate payment processing and reconciliation daily.

Ensures cash handling and deposits are completed timely, and in compliance with policy

Prepares spreadsheet for Restitution, Pre-Trial Intervention fees, and Court Appointed Attorney’s fees and enters appropriate data in criminal cases.

Serves as backup to the receptionist at the Information Desk of the Justice Center.

Provides effective customer service when greeting guests, attorneys, law enforcement and the general public.

Assists the Assistant County Attorney in preparing paperwork for Vet Court docket

Assists the Assistant County Attorney in preparing and tracking MHJD Caseload

Prepares, files, and monitors bond forfeiture cases, serving as point of contact for surety bondsmen and filing a civil action (Judgment Nisi) against the defendant/surety when the defendant fails to make a Court appearance and the bond is forfeited by Court order. Follow-up with defendant/surety to settle cases and collect money for the County Attorney and County Clerk’s Office and draft legal documents.  Deposit and record funds received from bond forfeiture cases in accordance with the Code of Criminal Procedures, Art. 103.004.

Serves as backup to prepare paperwork for protective order cases, from the application to the final order hearing and ruling.

Responds to incoming telephone calls, takes messages and routes to appropriate person.

Exhibits and ensures proper customer service is provided at all times.

Communicates frequently via telephone with victims following up on the status of their case and answers questions regarding the Court setting, restitution issues, crime victim’s compensation and other general questions.

Readily complies with departmental and county-wide policies and procedures.

Performs related special projects as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

A high school diploma or equivalent.  Combination of education and experience equivalent to one (1) year in paralegal or related field.  Working knowledge of specific job-related technology.  Possess or obtain a valid Texas driver’s license by date of hire.  With preferred qualifications of Associates degree in Legal Secretarial Science, Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Business Administration or a directly related field and two (2) years of advanced secretarial experience, including one (1) year as a Legal Secretary.  Ability to work effectively with co-workers, employees and management in a pleasant, professional manner.  Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Mainly indoor activity.  Significant contact with the public, crime victims, witnesses, persons accused/convicted of crimes, police officers, and other law enforcement /courthouse personnel.

About This Office

Williamson County is a medium size office serving approximately 28 law enforcement agencies including the City of Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park and Georgetown. Health and retirement benefits provided through Williamson County.

APPLICATIONS

To be considered, interested candidates must submit an Employment Application online only thru Williamson County Human Resources at

https://agency.governmentjobs.com/williamsonco/default.cfm

Not every applicant will be interviewed.  No phone calls.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Employment is ALWAYS AT WILL of the County Attorney.