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You want to accomplish more every day. You want your clients to be impressed with your speed and dedication to their needs. You want time for your family, time for your health and time for a side project or two. You don’t get enough sleep, you don’t get to attend the networking events you’d like to participate in and your inbox has more emails than you want to think about.

You need me.

I’m Laurie and I’m the virtual paralegal who is going to help you get more done! I can help you find more hours in your week, by giving you a trustworthy and efficient assistant to delegate much of your work to. I can’t go to court for you, but I can do almost anything else you need!

I have over 15 years of experience in the legal field, an exemplary work ethic and a great attitude.  I know that together we can make your law firm or business soar to new heights. I specialize in providing paralegal and administrative services to lawyers, particularly solos or small firms.

I operate Halo Secretarial on a “virtual” basis, meaning that all services are provided from my office to yours, regardless of where you are located, through various means including email, fax, online collaboration tools or remote access to your desktop. For a great definition of virtual assistance check out VAnetworking.

Need more info or ready to get in touch with me? Have a look at my Services page or read answers to a few frequently asked questions. Email me at laurie@halosecretarial.com with any questions or comments or see the Contact page for other ways to communicate with me. And please come check out my Halo Blog to read interesting articles and find out my latest news.

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Services

Halo Secretarial specializes in providing Virtual Paralegal services to Lawyers, including

  • Drafting pleadings, motions, affidavits and other court documents
  • Legal transcription and word processing
  • Proofreading and formatting of briefs and agreements
  • Conveyancing (attended LESA seminar in February 2014, plus trained in Econveyance, a wonderful web-based Canadian conveyancing software)
  • Conducting legal research and providing a summarizing memorandum
  • Transcript and undertaking review
  • Large document redaction
  • Drafting of estate planning documents
  • Drafting of probate documents (LESA seminar attended in September 2012 to update my knowledge base on this topic)

I provide superior virtual legal assistant services that will help you improve your business. I excel at making my clients’ lives easier and less stressful and I know that I can help you.

A listing of my most requested services is provided above, but please contact me if you need something not listed – we really want to help you succeed so we’ll work with you on custom requests!

Locally (Edmonton and surrounding areas) we may provide pick-up and drop-off services for a fee, contact us to discuss!

 

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Information

Information about Laurie Mapp & Halo Secretarial Services

 

  I have a long history as an in-office legal assistant/paralegal. Soon after I received my honors diploma in paralegal studies in 1993, I began my career working as legal secretary for a sole practitioner, then worked as a legal assistant in a large lawfirm and finally as both a legal assistant and then paralegal for a governmental legal department. I’ve worked in several areas of law including family, civil litigation, real estate, estate planning and probate work and tax law. While on maternity leave after the birth of my third child, I began the process of opening my virtual paralegal/legal assistance practice up for business and Halo Secretarial Services has been going strong ever since early fall in 2008.

On a personal note, I’m a mama to 3 wonderful boys, and I share my life with an amazing and and supportive husband. I love blogging so much that I keep a personal blog in addition to my business blog – feel free to check it out here.

Outside of work and family I have many interests, including running, triathlon, reading, and even coaching soccer! I also am in university part-time, thanks to online learning with Athabasca University.

Privacy and Ethics

My clients’ privacy is of utmost importance to me. I will maintain client confidentiality and will perform any necessary conflict checks prior to taking on assignments or clients.  I will happily sign confidentiality/non-disclosure agreements for all of my clients.

With respect to paralegal services provided please note that Halo Secretarial offers such services only to lawyers, NOT to the general public. Halo Secretarial does not offer any legal advice nor is it entitled to practice law in accordance with Sections 106 and 107 of the Legal Profession Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. L-8 . Halo Secretarial follows the Code of Ethics endorsed by the Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals and has an Ethics Check certification from the International Virtual Assistants Association.

If you require legal advice, please consult with a lawyer. You can search for a lawyer in Alberta on the Law Society of Alberta website and elsewhere in the Martindale Hubble Directory.

 

Halo Secretarial Press Coverage

Virtual paralegals becoming more common as profession grows, NC Lawyers Weekly, Page 3, May 2010 Issue

Your Invisible Assistant, a CBA Practice Link article, authored by Alison Arnot, June 2009

Laurie was profiled on the fabulous Practical Paralegalism blog, March 19, 2009

Laurie was profiled by anchor Carrie Doll in a feature on her local CTV (@ctvedmonton) station about her usage of Twitter for growing her virtual legal assistant business, March 2, 2009

Virtual Paralegal Trend Grows, Tammy R. Pettinato for Legal Assistant Today, January 2009

Interview With a Virtual Legal Assistant, The Rat Race Rebellion, September 12, 2008

Virtual Paralegals Manage Cases at a Distance, Doug Malan for The Connecticut Law Tribune, August 14, 2008

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