Paralegal Support 101 – Demystifying Freelance Paralegals and Paralegal Support Services for Attorneys

Whether you’re a solo practitioner or small firm looking to delegate some of your work, a large corporation or governmental agency with unprecedented caseloads and no leeway to hire new employees, or are simply looking to grow your practice or reduce client fees without increasing overhead, there’s a good chance you’ve thought about retaining a freelance paralegal or paralegal support service professional. After all, it seems like that’s all you hear about now – virtual paralegals, virtual law practice, remote collaboration – even though contract paralegals and attorneys have been around for a least two decades. There’s also a good chance that uncertainties have, at some time or another, stopped you from pursuing the idea or even pursuing information that might resolve those uncertainties.

More often than not, fear of the unknown stops us in our tracks even when we know we must make a change. Sometimes it’s more comforting to struggle with an uncomfortable situation than it is to make that change and face the unknown. But, when push comes to shove and we finally take the leap, don’t we often wish we had done it sooner? Even if the change isn’t all we had hoped for, we often realize [later] that it was a much-needed step in reaching our ultimate goal.

I’ve met many attorneys, especially solo practitioners, desperate for support who stop short of requesting it for those very same reasons. All those questions, concerns, and uncertainties can be addressed and alleviated if they are communicated. That’s why I started this blog and why I offer free consultations to attorneys looking to outsource some of their workload to a freelance paralegal or paralegal support service – to answer those questions, address those uncertainties, and provide the information and guidance that will allow you to go out with confidence and find the support you’re looking for.

If you’re new to Paralegal Support 101, take some time to look around and read the articles that may be of interest to you and your situation. Although outdated, this brief overview may be a good starting point. (I’ll update it again, soon.) Then, if you have more questions or don’t find the answers you’re looking for, give me a call or send me an email. We’ll discuss your situation and goals, confirm that paralegal support services are the best option for you, and arm you with questions to ask prospective freelance paralegals when you’re looking for that perfect fit for your practice.

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