Find an A-Player Paralegal, Part VI

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Making a decision and getting started

The last step in finding an A-Player paralegal is to start small.  If you’re a long-time reader, you know we’ve said this many times.  This just proves that it’s true!

Once you think you’ve found the perfect support, whether a paralegal support service or traditional employee, start small.  Before offering the job or retaining full support, ask for assistance with a small project.  Don’t suggest it might go further.  Simply ask the paralegal if s/he is available to help with the project.  If you’re impressed, ask for help with a larger project.  If you’re not impressed, you haven’t lost anything – but you will have saved yourself a lot of time, money, and heartache.  If the larger project works just as well, then make a formal offer or ask to receive formal paralegal support services.

This is the same advice I give to attorneys and law firms I talk to about paralegal support services.  Unless you or your firm are in a position where you need significant support immediately, take advantage of the opportunity to ease into support services.  Firms that have never used a support service often have so many questions that they hesitate to move forward.  Starting small and working into more substantive work gives you the opportunity to ease into it and feel more comfortable with the process.  It doesn’t take long to realize that a paralegal support service doesn’t really differ from working with a traditional employee in the way that the workflow is accomplished, and it offers greater flexibility from a business perspective.

Conclusion

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this series and have finally reached the last stretch.  To recap:

I’m very excited about all the information we’ve covered and look forward to putting it to good use.  I hope you will, too.  If you have more ideas, or find things that do work or don’t work, email me or share them in the comments below so everyone can learn from the experience.

Until next time, happy hunting!

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