Much discussion has taken place in recent months concerning the topic of virtual paralegals. This new phenomenon – or at least this new terminology – has taken the legal profession by storm.
Traditionally, freelance paralegals and temp paralegals came to the law firm’s office to help out during overload seasons or to fill in while someone was on vacation or sick-leave.
Technological advances and our current economic times have merged and given birth to a new breed: The Virtual Paralegal. The terms freelance paralegals and virtual paralegals are sometimes used interchangeably. Both usually work independently on an as-needed basis. Both build professional networks and negotiate fees for services rendered.