Common Mistakes Lawyers Make With Virtual Support

I recently read this helpful post from Beverly Michaelis about the Six Mistakes Lawyers Make with Staff. The points made are spot on in my experience, and the post prompted me to consider a few of the biggest concerns that arise in working relationships between lawyers and virtual support professionals, including virtual legal assistants. Poor communication Poor communication is definitely one of the biggest stumbling blocks in virtual working...

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Value of Legal Dictation

Value of Legal Dictation

I have had plenty of experience with transcribing documents, especially prior to starting my virtual legal assistant business, when I worked in a number of law offices. Dictation was standard for the majority of lawyers I worked with, as it was accepted that it was a more valuable use of time for the lawyer to quickly speak their instructions than to type their own materials up. In my very last law office, I noticed a trend toward lawyers who...

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Parenting at the Law Office

Parenting at the Law Office

I read a great article thanks to a tweet by @lisasolomon today about a law office where parents can bring their babies to work with them – not just occasionally either!! Now that’s work-life balance for sure. I’ve heard of some pretty wonderful sounding law offices ever since I started my virtual legal assistant business and had my eyes opened to alternative ways of doing things within the legal profession, but I think this is...

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Time Tracking Tool

Time Tracking Tool

I was recently given the opportunity to review Chrometa, and the review is now up over at Alyssa Gregory’s Small Business Idea Generator blog. You may note that it is a “sponsored” review, simply because Chrometa gave Alyssa (who then gave me) one full license for Chrometa in exchange for the press. The review is 100% my honest opinion though – so please take a look at it! I am pointing the review out on my blog, though I...

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Virtual Legal Assistance and Efficiency

Virtual Legal Assistance and Efficiency

This morning I was involved in a wonderful webinar all about finding and working with a virtual legal assistant. Larry of Rocket Matter included some poll questions, including one about support staff to lawyer ratios. This is an interesting topic to me, as I’ve actually got a really wide range of experience with respect to staffing ratios. My very first legal assistant position was one where there were three assistants and one lawyer. Then...

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Outsourcing More Than Legal Assistant Tasks

Outsourcing More Than Legal Assistant Tasks

Last week I participated in a really interesting call with Laura Lee Sparks about outsourcing. Obviously I’m a fan of lawyers outsourcing work to a virtual legal assistant, but there are so many other ways to outsource and thus streamline your business and hopefully increase your revenue. In fact, as a virtual assistant there are tasks I should be outsourcing!! Some great examples: Bookkeeping/billing Web site design Client...

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