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You can’t do everything. There are only so many hours in the day. Even the most dedicated attorney can’t take on every single thing that they want to. There’s just an upper limit to capabilities. Furthermore, day to day stress, family, and firm growing pains may make this process even more complicated.
This is where many firms decide to outsource some of their work. Some use consulting attorneys or paralegals to get through a major case. Others have backups in case of illness or vacations. Each one is a tried and true method. However, technology allows further changes and in some cases a more cost effective approach.
Outsourcing or Cooperation?
Sometimes it’s hard to find an in person consulting attorney to work with. Their schedules are often different than yours or they have another main job. However, this is where the wonders of technology come in.
There are many options out there to work with a virtual attorney or paralegal. This might not be your first choice, especially if you’re not used to the concept. However, you will find that many firms swear by them.
There are concerns, of course, including using such an attorney remotely, including confidentiality. In addition, make sure that you only share the information strictly needed for the case or cases.Finding a concrete, reliable attorney is key. Having them work remotely on contract status makes it much easier, not having to deal with having another person in the office or paying payroll taxes. By reviewing their work and reputation you can find the perfect fit for what you need. Ensure that you are working on the same wavelength, perhaps with several starter or test cases. Set firm deadlines and expectations up front.
A virtual paralegal may be just the thing your firm needs and a way to multiply your capabilities and cases. Find the right one, and you’ll be happy you did.
Michael Ehline is the lead attorney at the Ehline Law Firm APLC. The Los Angeles based auto and truck accident expert writes this column as part of a series to educate new attorneys on better ways to run their firms.
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