First of all, thank you for stopping by to visit! I hope you have and will continue to find it both informative and insightful.
About this knowledge base
While people, in general, are familiar with the concept of utilizing independent contractors, working with a freelance paralegal or attorney can be an obscure and confusing concept for many. As a paralegal service provider, I spend a significant amount of time:
- letting attorneys know that neither they nor their existing support staff need be overwhelmed (even if they are not in a position to hire);
- explaining the benefits of paralegal support and paralegal services;
- explaining the process of obtaining paralegal services;
- explaining how to utilize a freelance paralegal to achieve their goals; and
- addressing the many misconceptions and concerns that generally arise.
In talking with attorneys, I have found that paralegal work, in general, is not widely understood and that the value paralegals bring to the table is significantly underestimated.
And so the basis of this knowledge base was formed. Through Paralegal Support 101, I hope to provide essential information to attorneys, law firms, corporations, and agencies on the utilization of paralegals and the options available when they are overwhelmed while addressing the many questions and concerns that arise when considering whether to seek paralegal services. As such, if you ever have any questions about the utilization of paralegals, the benefits of working with a freelance paralegal, the process in general, or any other relative topic, please let me know; I’ll be happy to address them for you!
I know attorneys have little time for reading at leisure, so I intend to present brief, easy-to-read articles that won’t take away from your time. In reality, though, some posts may be longer than I would like as I tend to be thorough (and thus long-winded) in my writing. I apologize now for such posts as I already know they will exist. For topics I cannot effectively narrow into a brief article, I may simply break them down into parts.
About the author (the formal stuff)
Kris L. Canaday, ACP is a paralegal/legal analyst, and the owner of Integrative Legal Support, LLC, a legal support service dedicated to providing substantive legal support to attorneys, firms, corporations, and governmental agencies across the country. Prior to establishing Integrative Legal Support, Kris worked in both the public and private sectors and has been fortunate enough to have had training and/or experience in a wide range of practice areas. In addition to paralegal certification, she also holds a bachelor’s degree in both legal studies and psychology, along with a paralegal certificate – all summa cum laude. Kris’s company currently focuses on providing intellectual property prosecution and maintenance, administrative law, and litigation support and is registered to provide government contract services. You can reach Kris directly at (888) 4-Lgl-Svc [(888) 454-5782] or Kris@IntegrativeLegal.com.