A Professional Paralegal Service Providing Virtual Legal Support To Small Law Firms And Solo Practitioners
about First Paralegal

Your firm is our #1 priority!

First Paralegal is committed to offering exceptional virtual paralegal services to licensed attorneys and law firms. We understand that providing a high-quality, reliable, and timely work product for your clients is crucial for your practice.

If you are looking for additional support and a professional paralegal who is able to work independently, First Paralegal is the perfect solution! From highly organized back office management to comprehensive case development, we offer legal support services so that you can focus on substantive work without incurring the time and costs of recruiting legal support staff.

Enjoy the benefits of having experienced on-demand legal assistance when you need it. Contact us today to discuss how First Paralegal can help your firm with our virtual paralegal services that fits your needs.

Exceptional Service
We're dedicated to providing professional service to your law firm. Focus on the client and everything else will fall into place.
Clear Communication
We believe good communication is about building relationships, minimizing errors, and most importantly, working as productively as possible.
Full Accountability
We take ownership for the quality of our work and hold ourselves accountable for our choices and results.
Ethical Behavior
Given our responsibility as paralegals, behaving ethically is a critical part of our success. There is no alternative.

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meet the owner

Meet The Owner

Carla Navarro Certified Paralegal

Carla Navarro, CP

Carla Navarro is a NALA certified paralegal who graduated with honors from the University of San Diego’s prestigious paralegal program in 2014. Although she began working in the legal field in administrative roles as of 2006, she formalized her career as a paralegal in 2012 with a civil litigation law firm in San Diego, California. Since then, she developed her diverse knowledge and skills working in corporate in-house positions, as well as in small to mid-sized law firms doing civil litigation, staff management, corporate, and some trademark work.

She founded First Paralegal in 2016 as a Legal Document Assistant in San Diego County, California, as well as a contract paralegal. She quickly realized that her passion and excellence lies in providing contract paralegal services for solo practitioners and small firms, thus shifting her services to that market exclusively.

Ms. Navarro has been assisting attorneys throughout Southern California with a wide variety of services ranging from overflow paralegal work, real estate, civil litigation discovery and motion work, efiling for Superior and Federal Courts, conducting research, creation of entities, drafting contracts, and everything in between. In addition to being a paralegal professional, Carla is a licensed California Notary and completely fluent in Spanish. 

why choose us?

Your Firm Benefits

Our procedure is designed to be both effective and efficient in giving our clients a clear breakdown of our services and what to expect when they hire us.

Although our hourly rate is typically more than an employee’s rate, your firm still saves money. 

Improved Productivity

By gaining paralegal support you can focus on your practice and delegate work so you can spend time on your practice and more substantive legal matters.

Lower Labor Cost

Using our service is much more cost-efficient than hiring an in-house paralegal. You’re only billed for the time actually worked. No more paying for downtime or overtime.

Reduced Overhead

We provide virtual paralegal support without the overhead of employee benefits, insurance, tax withholdings, and onsite space and equipment.

Services
  • Draft contracts.
  • Review, analyze and summarize the contracts.
  • Screen contracts to ensure compliance, manage renewal dates and termination notices.
  • Conduct factual research. 
  • Perform legal research.
  • Draft, demand, and Cease and Desist letters.
  • Assist with preparation of court filings.
  • Preparing case notes and summarizing pleadings/memoranda for clients. 
  • Conduct Discovery work, such as propound, prepare responses, summarize and organize documents, file motions.
  • Draft legal documents, letters, briefs, power of attorney, contracts and legal agreements.
  • Draft and proofread contracts.
  • Conduct and summarize legal research.
  • Analyze and summarize the terms and conditions of the contracts.
  • Incorporation/formation documents.
  • Conduct due diligence research.
"I am passionate about providing reliable and proficient paralegal services to legal professionals and take pride in offering my knowledge and skills for their benefit. "
Carla Navarro
Founder

Increase your caseload without increasing your workload

Great for a small firm that can’t justify hiring someone on a full-time basis.

Many of your employee costs are reduced or eliminated, such as taxes, benefits, insurance, and on-site space and equipment.

Our substantive legal work can be billed to the client just as attorney time would be.

We are only paid for the hours we're needed and can be a great additional help during large cases or times of growth.

how it works?

Our Starting Process Is Easy

We discuss your firm's needs during your free telephone consultation, or you can complete our questionnaire online.

We will send a project proposal for the work you are requesting.  After the proposal is accepted;

We will forward our independent contractor agreement.  You only sign this agreement once. After both parties have signed the agreement;

We will forward your login and password information for our secure portal to you.  Inside the platform, you or your staff will be able to communicate directly with your assigned paralegal(s) until the work is complete.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

We offer an hourly rate for paralegal tasks. Time is billed to the nearest 6-minute increment, and the minimum charge for any project or aspect of a project is 0.2 hours. Any expenses or costs incurred for a project are approved by you in advance and itemized separately. Routine office supplies are the responsibility of First Paralegal and are not billed to attorney clients.
We can communicate with you by any means you prefer, whether via email, telephone, or web conferencing. Documents can be exchanged via email, fax, or via secure cloud-based document sharing platforms.

A detailed invoice is issued on the 1st and 15th of each month by email. Payment is accepted by ACH bank transfer or credit card and is due upon receipt.

Yes. Just as your clients are required to sign work agreements with your firm, all of our attorneys must sign work agreements with us.

We take your client confidentiality very seriously and we have implemented numerous procedures to protect your work product and client information. Our emails are thoroughly encrypted at rest and in transit and all documents are temporarily stored on a AES 256-bit encrypted cloud storage. 

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