Six Years!

Six Years!

This fall I’m celebrating Halo Secretarial’s 6 year anniversary! It’s been a wonderful experience and I am hoping, of course, for many more years, although I am thinking about a slight name change/re-branding over the next few months. When I started this journey I hesitated to focus solely on paralegal work, even though it is my background and my passion. I didn’t have enough faith in the legal community to accept virtual...

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The Challenges of a New Operating System

The Challenges of a New Operating System

In all my years working in law offices, as well as the past four years I’ve spent working as a virtual paralegal, I’ve always used Windows operating systems. This past week though that changed for me. I’m now a dual O/S VLA! My MacBook Pro, after some fun waiting on UPS, showed up at my door late last week. This week I even made it prettier (in my eyes) by pinking it up 🙂 I have to admit though that I’m struggling a...

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Guest Post: How Paralegals Can Work From Home

Guest Post: How Paralegals Can Work From Home

I’m starting this week off with a guest post courtesy of Donna Mitchell, who regularly writes on the topic of paralegal schools online . Donna welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: donna.mitchell@rediffmail.com If you’re a paralegal, you must take pride in the fact that your job is supposed to be among the top 20 best jobs in the USA. Your job is supposed to be relatively stress-free and with all the litigation...

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Paralegal Career for You?

Paralegal Career for You?

This weekend I was asked to do a job profile for a friend who is thinking about a career as a paralegal. Although my answers are somewhat atypical, being a self-employed legal assistant/paralegal, it was still an interesting experience to really take a few minutes to do a broad overview of what I’m doing, what I’ve done throughout my career and if I would do it again if my choices were different today. I should have pointed the...

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Virtual Legal Assistant Ethics

Virtual Legal Assistant Ethics

I have always had an ethics section on my virtual assistant site, because I realize how important it is to act in a professional and ethical manner. Working as a paralegal for many years gave me a very strong awareness of issues like confidentiality, conflict of interest and duty of care. I believe that all virtual assistants, whether they work in the legal field or not, should follow a high standard of ethics. But until recently I hadn’t...

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Virtual Paralegal – Trendy?

Virtual Paralegal – Trendy?

Becoming a virtual paralegal is the best thing I have ever done, career-wise anyway! So I was very excited when I was interviewed for an article in Legal Assistant Today about the rising trend to being a freelance or virtual paralegal and I just wanted to share, hopefully there will be a link available at Legal Assistant Today at some point in the future, but for now you can read the text of the article by Tammy R. Pettinato here! Of course,...

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