Like it or not, modern technology has greatly affected the practice of law.Â Some of those developments have enabled attorneys and paralegals to gain flexibility and choices concerning how they choose to provide legal services.Â Â Many legal professionals now work from home offices. Â Those who have taken that jump generally say they would never go back.Â Some attorneys still maintain their regular office, but they have chosen to take advantage of virtual paralegal resources.Â This enables them to cut costs for themselves and their clients.
For a number of years, some paralegals have done contract work, also known as freelance work.Â This work has been provided on an independent contract â€œas neededâ€ basis for specific projects.Â Today, paralegals are taking the next step by establishing a fully equipped home office.Â By eliminating unnecessary commuting and other timewasters, realistically the paralegal can be more productive for attorneys.Â Attorneys and clients benefit because the paralegal gets paid only for time actually worked, and the paralegal draws no typical employee benefits.
As attorneys have become specialized, so have paralegals. That premise holds true for brick-and-mortar paralegals as well as virtual paralegals.Â By making the decision to work with a paralegal virtually, attorneys now have the option of working with specialized paralegals who are highly proficient in different areas of law.Â Attorneys are no longer limited by geographical boundaries, unless they choose to do so.
In this series I will begin taking a look at the practice areas chosen by virtual paralegals, and discuss some of the tools they use to provide virtual support to attorneys.Â Tomorrow we will begin looking at virtual litigation paralegals.
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