Why Would I Need a Freelance Paralegal?

The question of why an attorney would need support has come up in the past.  And if you’re fortunate enough to always have a manageable caseload that never increases, never have competing deadlines, never worry about reducing overhead, cutting costs, or increasing your client base, and have paralegal(s) who are similarly not overworked, then the question is certainly a viable one. However, few of us live in a perfect world and all of us could use a little help at one time or other.  I know I could.  The post, “You’re a what?  Freelance Paralegals Defined” mentioned that a freelance paralegal can help you with your caseload when hiring isn’t an option as well as when delegating just one task would help immensely.  These aren’t the only times a freelance paralegal provides support; attorneys utilize freelance paralegals for a wide range of reasons.  What are those reasons? When a freelance … Continue reading

You’re a what? Freelance Paralegals Defined

Freelance paralegal? What’s that? Virtual paralegal? What’s that? Have you ever heard these terms and wondered? Have you ever wondered or wished there was a way to get help with your caseload when hiring isn’t an option but you and your staff are struggling to meet demands or deadlines? Have you ever thought, “It would be so nice to be able to delegate just this one thing?” Those two terms above represent the answer to such questions. Freelance paralegal defined A freelance paralegal, sometimes referred to as a virtual paralegal, is a paralegal who works as an independent contractor providing substantive legal support to attorneys, firms, corporations, or governmental agencies on an as-needed basis. Depending on the attorney’s need, a freelance paralegal may provide paralegal support services occasionally – only when the need arises – or regularly – providing daily or weekly support. As independent contractors, freelance paralegals are business … Continue reading

What? You don’t have a license to practice as a paralegal?

A couple of recent events led me to prepare this final section on the overview of the paralegal profession.  Namely, clarification of formal requirements as they pertain to paralegal licensure and paralegal regulation. Not long ago I was talking with an attorney friend, answering her questions about the paralegal profession, the type of support paralegals provide, and professional requirements.  As was the case then, I sometimes find attorneys are under the impression that paralegals have similar licensing and reporting requirements.  While this may be due, in part, to the close relation between the professions, it may also be partly due to inaccurate information published for the public. You see, last week I received a link to a web page providing information and resources on the paralegal profession and paralegal careers.  The page included links to [mostly] credible sources, which did provide accurate information about the profession. However, the information on … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Greetings and Happy New Year! During the past month I’ve spent a lot of time both reflecting on 2010 and looking toward 2011.  This past year has been a year of tremendous growth and unexpected surprise for me, both professionally and personally.  It was also a year of challenge. I spend a fair amount of time mentoring and motivating individuals who challenge themselves or who find themselves challenged in life.  My motto:  Perseverance pays.  I encourage everyone to push through the tough times no matter how hard it gets. Sure, it’s easier just to give up.  But those who persevere, succeed.  Successful people have personal stories of challenge overcome.  They didn’t give up. Sometimes it’s hard to practice what you preach.  Have you ever noticed that when it rains it seems to pour?  It’s never just one thing; it’s one thing after another.  That’s challenge.  When you feel you’ve been … Continue reading