Situations To Implement A Virtual Paralegal

Situations a law firm should implement a virtual paralegal
As the legal field becomes more and more competitive, law firms are looking for ways to optimize their operations and provide the best possible service to their clients. One way that many firms are doing this is by implementing virtual paralegals. Virtual paralegals are professional paralegals who provide legal support services from a remote location. This can include conducting legal research, preparing pleadings and other court documents, and assisting with client communications. There are many situations where a law firm could benefit from using a virtual paralegal. Here are just a few:

1. The law firm is a small business and can't afford to hire an in-house paralegal.

The virtual paralegal’s services are typically offered on an hourly basis, which can save companies money since they only have to pay for the virtual paralegal’s time when it is being used. If the virtual paralegal can complete tasks quickly, this can be a great option for businesses that need legal assistance but are not able to afford a full-time paralegal.

2. The law firm hires a Virtual Paralegal to help with the overflow of work during busy periods.

Due to the changing nature of client interactions and expectations, law firms are finding that their traditional model is not well-suited to handle periods of peak demand. Rather than hire an abundance of junior lawyers or paralegals to take on the additional workload, many firms are finding that the best way to meet client demands during periods of heavy work volume is to hire a virtual paralegal that is both knowledgeable and willing to work when needed.

3. You need someone to review your pleadings before filing them.

If you’re in a larger law firm, the partner attorneys will not always have time to review and edit your legal documents before filing them. A virtual paralegal can provide this critical pre-filing review for you so that nothing slips through the cracks and all pleadings are properly formatted.

4. You need someone to help with trial preparation.

Trial preparation is one of the most important aspects of any legal case, but it can also be very time-consuming. If your firm doesn’t have the manpower to do all the research and organizing necessary for trial prep, a virtual paralegal can come in and help.

5. You have a large client base, but your firm's resources are limited.

It is common knowledge that law firms tend to have busy seasons when they are in higher demand for their services. During these seasons, it will be difficult for the paralegals at the law firm to accommodate all these cases and also meet deadlines for motions and briefs during busy periods. A virtual paralegal could come in to help with some of the overflow work until things die down again or an additional paralegal can be hired.

6. You need extra staff on a project and cannot afford another full-time employee.

There will always be projects coming up where you need more staff than usual, such as getting depositions scheduled before trial or reviewing a large number of documents. If you don’t have the budget to hire another full-time employee, a virtual paralegal can be brought on board to help with this specific project.

Luckily for lawyers without the budget of large firms, there is now the option to hire virtual paralegals who work remotely on your behalf! These professionals will take care of tasks like legal research and document drafting so that your team doesn’t have to spend hours doing it themselves. From our experience working with local attorneys, we know how important time management skills are when trying to balance client demands and personal obligations. We’d love to talk about how we can help streamline your workflow by taking some of the workload off your plate. Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more about our virtual paralegal support services. 

Freelance paralegal, Carla Navarro, CP

Carla Navarro, CP

Carla Navarro is a NALA certified paralegal. She founded First Paralegal in 2016 in San Diego, California which provides virtual legal support to small law firms and solo practitioners. In addition to being a paralegal professional, Ms. Navarro is a licensed California Notary and completely fluent in Spanish.