The Cost Benefit of Shifting Work to Paralegals

You’ve heard about the many benefits of utilizing paralegals and paralegal support services.  Those benefits include more time, less stress, increased morale, a better work-life balance, increased profits, and reduced legal fees for clients.  The details are highlighted throughout Paralegal Support 101 and are discussed regularly in the legal community.    If you’ve heard about these benefits directly from paralegals and paralegal support services but have never actually worked with one, you may have some reservations about how it all could possibly be true.  That’s certainly understandable; I probably would, too. The good news is there are many resources available that corroborate this information.  A significant source of research and information comes from none other than the American Bar Association (ABA).  Through the work of its Standing Committee on Paralegals, the ABA has published some great resources on the use of paralegals; so much so that I could dedicate an entire … Continue reading

Need Help? Now what?

Many a time I’ve talked to attorneys who need help but have a hard time deciding what to delegate to a freelance paralegal or paralegal support service – even after talking with a provider.  It’s not an uncommon predicament, especially for sole practitioners, so here are a few ideas to help you move forward. If you’ve contacted a paralegal support service or freelance paralegal (remember, they’re really the same thing) because you know you need help, e.g., drafting confidentiality agreements or preparing trademark applications, then you’ve already identified specific tasks you’d like help with.  That’s exactly what you should delegate to the service.  If you’re uncomfortable moving forward with that, especially if it’s your first time using a paralegal support service, then give the paralegal two or three small projects on a trial basis just to get started.  That will help you build a work relationship with the service without … Continue reading