Thanks, But We’re Not Hiring . . . Freelance Legal Professionals

Do you know the difference between an independent contractor and an employee? Maybe. That understanding is sometimes challenged, though, when those classifications are applied to members of the legal field. Admittedly, the concept of freelance legal professionals can be hard to grasp and is sometimes confused with employees. More than once I’ve heard an attorney say, “No, I’m not hiring” or, “Yes, I’m looking to hire” when talking with a freelance paralegal or freelance attorney. Hopefully, this post will help clarify the difference between an employee and a freelance legal professional. Freelance paralegals and freelance attorneys are independent contractors. In other words, they are business owners providing their professional services to solo practitioners, law firms, corporations, and governmental agencies. Freelance paralegals and freelance attorneys are not employees. They aren’t for hire. They’re not looking for employment (well, maybe some are but that’s not what they’re doing when they’re offering professional … Continue reading

Are There Benefits to Working with a Freelance Paralegal?

If you read the post, Why Would I need a Freelance Paralegal, you may wonder how a freelance paralegal can be a quick and cost-effective solution in some circumstances.  In other situations, you may wonder why you wouldn’t just hire an employee.  The answers to these questions I did not understand myself until I began working as a freelance paralegal.  I knew paralegal support services offered incredible benefits to attorneys but I had a hard time fully understanding certain benefits until I gained an in-depth understanding of the work itself.  So I give you here the answers to those questions, at least in brief. Freelance paralegal?  Why, when I can hire someone? Working with a freelance paralegal can be a great solution when hiring isn’t an option or doesn’t make sense.  A freelance paralegal may make more sense when: You don’t expect the need for additional support to last indefinitely; … Continue reading

Why Would I Need a Freelance Paralegal?

The question of why an attorney would need support has come up in the past.  And if you’re fortunate enough to always have a manageable caseload that never increases, never have competing deadlines, never worry about reducing overhead, cutting costs, or increasing your client base, and have paralegal(s) who are similarly not overworked, then the question is certainly a viable one. However, few of us live in a perfect world and all of us could use a little help at one time or other.  I know I could.  The post, “You’re a what?  Freelance Paralegals Defined” mentioned that a freelance paralegal can help you with your caseload when hiring isn’t an option as well as when delegating just one task would help immensely.  These aren’t the only times a freelance paralegal provides support; attorneys utilize freelance paralegals for a wide range of reasons.  What are those reasons? When a freelance … Continue reading

You’re a what? Freelance Paralegals Defined

Freelance paralegal? What’s that? Virtual paralegal? What’s that? Have you ever heard these terms and wondered? Have you ever wondered or wished there was a way to get help with your caseload when hiring isn’t an option but you and your staff are struggling to meet demands or deadlines? Have you ever thought, “It would be so nice to be able to delegate just this one thing?” Those two terms above represent the answer to such questions. Freelance paralegal defined A freelance paralegal, sometimes referred to as a virtual paralegal, is a paralegal who works as an independent contractor providing substantive legal support to attorneys, firms, corporations, or governmental agencies on an as-needed basis. Depending on the attorney’s need, a freelance paralegal may provide paralegal support services occasionally – only when the need arises – or regularly – providing daily or weekly support. As independent contractors, freelance paralegals are business … Continue reading