Yesterday I introduced the premise that virtual paralegals are often highly specialized.Â As we continue this discussion today, we will begin looking at virtual litigation paralegals (VLPs).Â What type of support can a virtual litigation paralegal provide?Â What tools will aÂ VLP use?Â First, we will take a more in-depth look at the area Case Administration mentioned in Value of a Virtual Litigation Paralegal.
After more than 15 years experience as a brick-and-mortar litigation paralegal, I believe that one of the greatest benefits provided to a trial attorney is overall case management and case administration.Â Litigation attorneys typically have many cases at various stages of the process.Â You may be the plaintiff, or you may be the defendant.Â You typically have cases filed at various court levels in various geographic locations.Â Â Litigation attorneys rarely become bored because every case is unique with its own special set of rules and circumstances.
The challenge comes in being sure you are applying the correct set of rules, and all the sets of rules for a particular case.Â Often it is more than one person can keep up with.Â And generally speaking, two or three heads are better than one when it comes to remembering things.
A virtual litigation paralegal (VLP) can easily provide litigation support by sharing the responsibilities you have for so many details.Â A VLP can establish processes for docketing and deadline control which protect you from malpractice risks.Â The VLP can help you tailor forms and protocol to match your practice style.Â She can provide your client with copies of all documents and give telephone updates to be sure your client always knows the status of his case.
Working with you to determine applicable local, state, and federal court rules, the VLP helps you avoid last minute surprises for rule compliance.Â As litigation becomes more document intensive, your VLP can help you efficiently develop a digital computer file which enables you to more quickly access case documents.Â The VLP will help you make software and procedural decisions to streamline that process.
As documents are gathered and the discovery process begins, it is critical to monitor privileged documents and communications.Â Â They should be appropriately labeled. Someone needs to remember to do that.
Litigation files have a tendency of becoming stagnant.Â When your VLP understands your strategy for the case, she can work one step ahead of you so that you can pay attention to the more important details.Â She can prioritize your project list to keep things moving forward in a timely fashion.
Tomorrow, we will take a look at how the VLP can support you through Initial Investigation and Research.
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