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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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 Event

Virtual Legal Assistant Event

Are you free on Friday afternoon? If you are, and especially if you have any questions about working with a virtual legal assistant, consider attending an upcoming event which will be hosted by Andrea Cannavina (Legal Typist) – How to Locate and Work With a Virtual Legal Assistant. I’ll be co-presenting with Andrea and it’s an event sure to provide great information! Event Details: Friday, May 01, 2009 at 4:00 PM (ET) You...

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Money, Law School and The System

Money, Law School and The System

I’ve read some really fascinating posts about the legal system, the changes needed (see the comments at this ABA post for example), the cost of law school, tuition, salaries for new lawyers and so much more. As a virtual paralegal I read these posts partly to stay on top of changing values within the system I am a part of. I also read them with the pure fascination of one who truly wants to see some innovation take place within the system....

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Partnering With a Virtual Legal Assistant, Part 2

Partnering With a Virtual Legal Assistant, Part 2

Now that you’ve read Part 1 of Partnering With a Virtual Legal Assistant, I bet you’ve made a short list of virtual legal assistants to contact but you aren’t exactly sure how to proceed next. How do you decide who is the best choice for you? Do you interview them? Do you telephone, email, instant message? Do you just jump and hope it works out? What questions should you ask? First, I’d recommend you carefully review the...

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