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 for a few years, 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 mama/running 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.
Our clients’ privacy is of utmost importance to us. We will maintain client confidentiality and will perform any necessary conflict checks prior to taking on assignments or clients. We will happily sign confidentiality/non-disclosure agreements for all of our 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 theCode of Ethics endorsed by the Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals and has an EthicsCheck certification from the International Virtual Assistants Association.
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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