Making Time to Celebrate the Victories!

In 2009 I ventured out of my comfort box and formed Digital Paralegal Services, LLC®. I began offering my services to attorneys across the country on a virtual basis from my home in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Has it been hard? Yes. Has it been worth it? Absolutely. Progress was slow. Some lessons were hard, but the benefits have been amazing. I think the most important benefit to me has been having more personal choices while still meeting some long-term financial needs.

Some things are sometimes more important than work on any given day.  Family is very important to me, and I consider my calling as a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister to be top priorities.  Keeping relationships as top priorities requires time.  Making that time sometimes means difficult choices of conflicting demands.  Chronic illnesses, surgeries, and unexpected deaths in your family rarely check your work calendar to see if it is a convenient time.  I have been able to be present for the moments that matter most.

This year marks a major milestone for Digital Paralegal Services.  We are celebrating 8 full years in business, and we are growing every year.  I try to count my blessings and celebrate even the small victories every day.  The beginning of a new year often brings a time of reflection for our personal life, and it is good to extend that to your business life.

We have an exciting year planned as we launch a new division of the company.  From the beginning of business, paralegals throughout the country have reached out to me seeking their own freedom from traditional career boundaries.  I have talked with so many paralegals who want – and need – to make a change.  They need answers, encouragement, wisdom.  But mostly, THEY NEED ATTORNEYS WILLING TO PAY FOR THEIR SERVICES!

A new vision began to take root, grow, and change.  Finally, this year we launch…

The mission of e-Paralegals® is to educate, encourage, strengthen, and promote opportunities for paralegals to work from remote locations in the United States.  Uniting remote paralegals with the attorneys who need their services.

As we look at how my virtual paralegal business developed and examine the experiences of other virtual paralegals, together we can pave new paralegal career paths for the future.

Special thanks to all the paralegals who supported me in the beginning and the attorneys who made it all possible!

Cathy

What Does A Paralegal Do At Trial: Six Things Your War Room Must Have

What Does A Paralegal Do At Trial: Six Things Your War Room Must Have

By: Christina Roberts, CP

Going to trial can sometimes seem as if you are going to war.  You suit up – putting on your finest armor and best effort, yet sometimes you still hit brick walls all day long during a trial. Having a well-organized place to concentrate and collaborate during trial can calm the trial tension.  A “war room” basically serves as an office away from the office with all the comforts of the office back home.  Sounds simple enough, right?

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What Does A Paralegal Do At Trial: Pre-Trial Organization

What Does A Paralegal Do At Trial (Series)

By: Christina Roberts, CP

Most paralegals never get the chance to go inside a courtroom. That fact may be lost on most of the legal population.  Approximately half of the paralegals in the Civil Litigation job category of the National Association of Legal Assistants 2012 Job Analysis Study listed Trial and Pretrial work as important in their day-to-day activities. That could be because their cases never go to trial, or because the attorney may not realize how helpful a paralegal can be during pre-trial and trial. Preparation is key, but trial is the ultimate goal.

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Six Reasons Technology Is Important To Your Paralegal Career

Six Reasons Technology Is Important To Your Paralegal Career

By: Angela Masciulli, ACP

 

Significant change is underway in the legal industry.  Technology is revolutionizing legal processes, court functions, and how many attorneys and firms work and manage cases. Judge and client expectations are evolving with new technologies too. Now is the time for paralegals to adapt to a rapidly changing legal market, not only to do their best in their current positions, but potentially expand their career.

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Back to School Series: Connecting the Dots

Much of early education is spent trying to tackle the skill of writing, specifically the intimidating task of the child’s name.  Parents and teachers may use any number of techniques to tackle this ability, including the most common method of connecting dot-to-dots on a lined paper tablet.  With due diligence and patience, the dots are slowly taken away and a child can begin to both recognize and trace their own name.    It is a big deal.  The significant milestone proves to be a confidence booster, of sorts.  Once a child has mastered the skill of writing, nothing is off limits.  The refrigerator, books, toys and even the wall in the bedroom soon display the acquired proficiency.

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Back to School Series: Class Rules

September is almost here and the new school year is upon us.  Although kids are the ones going back to class, attorneys and paralegals could use a curriculum refresher too.  Lessons learned in kindergarten are often forgotten, but are proven to be fundamental to the building blocks of success in life and business.  Legal professionals would do well to remember those early lessons.

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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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To Do or Not To Do

This article was originally published by Debra Bruce at Raising the Bar Law Practice Management Thoughts and Tips on December 13, 2011.  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.

The season is upon us! You know — the season of fa-la-la-la-la, holiday decorations, greeting cards, family parties, gift buying, travel plans, winter snow storms, and year-end business.  The list goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on….too much to do and not enough time.  If you make it to January 1, then your knee deep in a different set of tasks headed into tax season.

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Electronic Briefs: Hyperlinking Your Way to A Positive Outcome

This article was originally published by Debra Bruce at Raising the Bar Law Practice Management Thoughts and Tips on January 12, 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 few months ago, one of my attorney clients called on his way home from a hearing to discuss the briefing schedule the judge had outlined for our case.  The judge had also clearly indicated his preference for electronic briefs with hyperlinks to the cited legal authorities.  I docketed the briefing deadline and began to research the additional steps required to provide the judge exactly what he wanted.
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