9 Ways You [and Your Clients] Benefit from Paralegal Support

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Whether you’re thinking about hiring a paralegal or retaining paralegal support services for the first time, you’ll benefit both personally and professionally from the support – as will your clients.  Here are just a few of those benefits. 1.    More Time.  Having a paralegal on your team, whether regular or on-call, gives you more time to work on other tasks that demand your attention.  In turn, you maximize the time you invest in your practice and your clients’ legal matters. 2.    Reduced stress.  Delegating substantive legal work to your paralegal means you have fewer items on your “to-do” list and more time for other matters, which reduces overwhelm and, by extension, a significant amount of stress. 3.    Support.  Whether you’re a solo or a corporate attorney, you benefit from working with a paralegal – from having someone to discuss and think through the case with you to having someone performing … Continue reading

Reducing Overwhelm

All of us experience overwhelm at one point or another; some of us more regularly than others.  Are you running your practice or is it running you? What’s the cause of your overwhelm?  Is your practice growing?  Do you have an exceptionally large case to handle in addition to your regular matters?  Has someone else’s cases been delegated to you as a result of a departure?  Do you consistently have numerous cases or legal matters on your plate? While all these situations can cause overwhelm, they may not be the cause of your overwhelm; at least in whole.  Consider your own unique situation for a moment.  Is it similar to one of the above or is there something else?  How organized are you?  How efficiently and effectively do you work?  Are your office processes streamlined?  What about work-flow processes or your own systems for plowing through emails and the piles … Continue reading

5 Ways to Increase Paralegal Support

Do you need more time or support, but aren’t sure how to get it or what you could delegate?  Don’t worry; you’re not alone.  In fact, from talking with attorneys, I’d say you’re in the majority.  The good news is, it is possible to be in the minority.   To get you moving in that direction, here are 5 quick tips for increasing your support and freeing up your time: Think about the work you least like to do.  What tasks do you dread?  Are they tasks your paralegal or legal assistant can perform for you?  Most likely.  Make these the first tasks you delegate. What about the tasks that take you away from what you really need to do?  Do you find you’re regularly doing one thing when you need to be doing something else?  Those types of tasks should be at the top of your delegate list, too. … Continue reading

Paralegal Support for Law Firms

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In the last post, Benefits of Paralegal Support Services for Solo Practitioners and Small Firms, I mentioned that savings is the bottom-line with paralegal support services – whether in the form of time, business, or clients.  Really, that’s the case for each of the four types of practicing attorneys (solo/small firm attorneys, mid- to large-size firm attorneys, corporate attorneys, and public service attorneys) mentioned, even though each faces distinct challenges. This week, let’s consider briefly the challenges faced by attorneys in mid- to large-sized firms and how paralegals and paralegal support services help with those challenges. Challenges Larger firms already have it all:  Plenty of office space (most of the time) and equipment, partners, associates, paralegals, legal secretaries, support staff, office manager/bookkeeper, and even benefits.  What challenges could they possibly face? Growth (Congratulations!); Insufficient office space for more employees; The occasional spike in the number of active cases; Occasional conflicting … Continue reading

How to Find the Right Support

A couple weeks ago, I posted the article, What’s in a Name? to address the mass confusion that occurs when attorneys search for substantive legal support.  What type of support do you look for?  What keywords or titles should you search for when looking to find paralegal support?  Are freelance paralegals and virtual paralegals the same?  What’s different between them and paralegal support services? As promised, this post will help clear the air about what, and who, you might find during your search so you can better identify the types of services you’re looking for and their related keywords and titles.  To start, let’s look at some of the terms, titles, and phrases you may come across in your quest for support: Freelance Paralegal Independent Contractor Paralegal Contract Paralegal Paralegal Support Service Virtual Paralegal Independent Paralegal How do each of these differ?  Fortunately, they’re not all that confusing after all, … Continue reading

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name? If you’re looking for support for your practice, probably far more than you anticipated.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re downright confused by the mass enumeration of titles floating around out there for legal support.  So much so that the confusion as to what you should be looking for may have you stopped in your tracks, unsure of how to proceed: “Am I looking for a freelance paralegal or a virtual paralegal?” “Do I need paralegal support services or a legal support professional?” “What are the differences between them all?” “What are the bonuses and drawbacks to each?” “Which is right for me?!?” Well, today, I have great news! Confusion time is over and it turns out that it’s not all that complicated after all.  Since we’re in question mode, let’s answer the question with a question: What’s the difference between an attorney and … Continue reading