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A lawyer or attorney is a person who practises law, whether as an advocate, attorney at law, barrister, barrister-at-law, bar-at-law, canonist, canon lawyer, civil law notary, counsel, counsellor, solicitor, legal executive, or public servant preparing, interpreting, and applying the law, but not as a paralegal or charter executive secretary. A paralegal is a person who assists a lawyer or attorney in completing legal documents. Lawyering includes the practical application of abstract legal ideas and knowledge to particular personalised situations, as well as the advancement of the interests of individuals who retain attorneys to provide legal services. When it comes to various legal systems, the function of the lawyer differs significantly.