Clarify Your Needs to Receive Invaluable Support

A few weeks ago, I provided a consultation to a small litigation firm looking for paralegal support.  I give them kudos for knowing they need support and for already identifying the type of support best suited to their needs.  However, it quickly became clear during the consultation that, while they knew they wanted and needed someone highly qualified in their particular area of law, they hadn’t yet considered what tasks to outsource. Sometimes it’s hard to break things down with specificity, especially if you’ve been working in your field for a while.  As a specialist, the work you do becomes familiar and the intricate details of each step soon blend together into a more generalized overview; they become second-nature to you.  At this point, it can become difficult to break them back down into the individual steps you once spent so much time mastering.  In order to delegate, though, it’s … Continue reading

To Do Lists? Get Real!

Guest post by Vicki Voisin, ACP Would you like to be organized? Of course you would! Unfortunately there is no magic pill, no easy way to accomplish that. Instead, getting organized requires a plan with work that never ends. The basic plan is your To Do List. These tips will help you get your To Do List under control and working for you: Where do you start? Clear your head! Take a few minutes to write down everything you have to do. Delete anything that does not fit into your life or is unnecessary. Divide the list into things you “have to do” and “want to do”. From your “have to do” list, make a priority list of just 3-7 things. Tackle your priority list each day. At the end of the day, cross off the things you completed Start all over again the next day with 3-7 priority tasks. … Continue reading

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Paralegal Support 101 is back!  It’s been a while, yes, but we’ve been here the whole time – busy working behind the scenes, making lots of changes and implementing new ideas to make Paralegal Support 101 a more user-friendly (aka attorney-friendly) resource for finding information on paralegals, the paralegal profession, and paralegal support services. The bulk of the work is done – we have just a few articles to finish recategorizing – so come experience the new look and feel of and let me know what you think.  What do you like?  What don’t you like?  What else would you like to see? Remember, Paralegal Support 101 is for all attorneys – from the solo practitioner to the general counsel – so be sure to tell us about topics specific to your practice that you’d like to read about, too. The redesign and reorganization undertaken to address the growth … Continue reading