Paralegal Support: An Index of Information

Want a quick way to know what’s available to you on this site?  Here’s a categorized list of topics that may be of interest.  The list isn’t all-inclusive; it only covers the heart of the matter – the substance of the information for which the site was designed to provide.  It doesn’t include motivational asides or polls for information. The paralegal profession The Paralegal Profession: A Brief History for Attorneys The Paralegal Profession: [Almost] everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask Paralegal support Paralegal Do’s and Don’ts: What can (and can’t) a paralegal do for you What? You don’t have a license to practice as a paralegal? Ethics Focus: Signing Documents and Pleadings How Paralegals Increase Value So What Can A Paralegal Do For You? Freelance paralegal support services Nontraditional support Is Going “Virtual” the Future of Law? You’re a what? Freelance Paralegals Defined Thanks, But We’re … Continue reading

Interests and Preferences – What Are They?

My goal in starting a blog for attorneys was to address the questions attorneys regularly ask, such as: What does a paralegal do; How can I benefit from working with a paralegal; How can a freelance paralegal benefit me; and How do I go about working with a freelance paralegal? Of course, this multitude of topics puts me in a quandary each time I sit down to write, as there is so much information I want to share that I often spend significant time simply trying to decide which topic is most imperative.  So here’s my question to you: As an attorney looking for new solutions, what information are you most interested in? My other goal was to be informal and brief, so as to make information quickly ascertainable without too much time spent reading exceptionally long articles.  Knowing how limited attorneys are with their time, and aware of my … Continue reading

What Are Your Real Values?

It’s so easy to get caught up in life, in work, in everything we think we “have” to do or get done. We live in the fast lane nowadays and every year seems to go by a little (okay, a lot) faster. (Has anyone else noticed it’s May already?) How can 2011 be almost half over? If you asked an elderly person for the best advice they could give, it would probably be along the lines of, “Life goes by too fast. Take the time now to enjoy what truly matters in life, while you can.” And us, in our busy, get-to-work lives consider this advice with half-interest, already thinking about the next petition, the next agreement, the next trial.  Depending on your area(s) of practice, working in the legal field can be living in the fast lane. And, someday, we’ll realize how true and how good the advice was … Continue reading

Did You Know . . .

It’s hard to believe almost three months have passed since starting this blog.  While I have lots of information to share, I really wanted to start by explaining the role of paralegals in the legal profession and defining freelance paralegals and paralegal services since both topics serve as the basis for this blog.  The posts relating to paralegals and freelance legal support focused on answering the questions attorneys generally ask.  The result can almost be described as a mini-series on each topic.  In case you missed it, here’s a recap on what you’ll find here so far. Information on paralegals and the paralegal profession The Paralegal Profession: A Brief History for Attorneys The Paralegal Profession: [Almost] everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask Paralegal Do’s and Don’ts: What can (and can’t) a paralegal do for you What? You don’t have a license to practice as a paralegal? … 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