Attorneys: Why eDiscovery Support Staff Is Critical

Legal technology and eDiscovery is here to stay, but you know that right?  As an attorney, you have probably read numerous articles, case law, and attended CLEs on eDiscovery.  Maybe you have even demoed out a few eDiscovery applications and integrated them into your practice.  You are on top of it.  You’ve got this.  But, what about your support staff?  Wait, what?  You haven’t thought about them?  Stop everything and read on.

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Small Beginnings from Deep in the Heart of Texas

Born and raised in the small town of Graham, just ninety miles outside of Fort Worth, I was deep in the heart of Texas.  Springs filled with bluebonnets, falls filled with football – it was home.  Our claim to fame was America’s Largest Town Square.  Located in that square was the Young County courthouse – where I began learning about the intricate workings of the civil litigation process.

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Why Do Lawyer Coaches Suggest Outsourcing to a Virtual Legal Assistant?

3 Common Reasons Solo Attorneys Call a Virtual Legal Assistant

Smart lawyers often learn from their peers by engaging in mentor relationships.  Some take it a step further and retain professional services of a lawyer coach.  From time to time in my 6-year virtual paralegal practice, I have been privileged to receive referrals from lawyer coaches.  A recent referral caused me to re-examine just exactly why the referrals are made.  After consulting with a number of lawyers who are prospective clients for Digital Paralegal Services, I find some common threads.

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6 Warning Signs You May Not be Ready for a Virtual Paralegal Relationship

This article was originally published by Debra Bruce at Raising the Bar Law Practice Management Thoughts and Tips on May 1, 2012.  Debra is President of Lawyer-Coach LLC.   She draws on her extensive legal experience, as well as a degree in Psychology and well over 500 hours in training as a professional coach, to help lawyers improve their management skills, increase productivity and bring in more business.

A virtual paralegal relationship is not the solution for every solo or small firm attorney. After consulting with many prospective attorney-clients over the last 3 years, I’ve begun to recognize some repeating patterns. You may not be ready for a virtual paralegal relationship if several of these warning signs resonate:

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Using Virtual Paralegals: Frequently Asked Questions

This article was originally published by Debra Bruce at Raising the Bar Law Practice Management Thoughts and Tips on February 16, 2012.  Debra is President of Lawyer-Coach LLC.   She draws on her extensive legal experience, as well as a degree in Psychology and well over 500 hours in training as a professional coach, to help lawyers improve their management skills, increase productivity and bring in more business.

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VIRTUAL PARALEGAL PARTNERSHIPS: What Solo Attorneys Need to Know

This article by Cathy L. Ribble was originally published by Debra Bruce at Raising the Bar Law Practice Management Thoughts and Tips on November 29, 2011. 
 
Debra Bruce is President of Lawyer-Coach LLC. She practiced law for 18 years in several firms ranging in size from international mega-firm Baker Botts, to medium-size and even her own entrepreneurial firm. Debra focused on securities law and mergers and acquisitions, but also consulted to and assisted trial attorneys in a number of cases.  Debra draws on her extensive legal experience, as well as a degree in Psychology and well over 500 hours in training as a professional coach, to help lawyers improve their management skills, increase productivity and bring in more business. She also helps burned-out lawyers redesign their practices for greater fulfillment or transition to a new career.  Debra can also be found on Twitter: @LawyerCoach.
 

Solo attorneys throughout the United States are hearing the terms virtual paralegal and virtual legal assistant for the first time.  Today’s economy and the desire to keep a home-office practice are leading many solo attorneys to seek more information about virtual support.

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A New Breed: Virtual Paralegals

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.

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