Paralegal

The New Mexico Supreme Court has appointed a work group to consider whether the state should allow licensed legal technicians to provide civil legal services. The court has asked the group to submit a report by January 2020, according to a May 21 press releaseCourthouse News Service and the Las Cruces Sun News have coverage. The state supreme court is asking for recommendations regarding legal technicians, as well as other possible changes in…
By: Holly A. Sheriff, MSLS – Best Virtual Paralegal, LLC Being a paralegal entrepreneur is rewarding, fun, and arduous work.  Becoming a paralegal entrepreneur was easy. It’s operating a business; my competition finds to be hard. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you have one or two clients, who believe in what you are accomplishing as an entrepreneur.  Other times, a client becomes your biggest fan not because he or she needs to, but because…
  Upwork to Charge Freelancers to Bid  on Jobs, Further Squeezing Those Who Rely on the ‘Gig Economy’ Freelancers will soon have to pay as much as $0.90 for each job they apply for on Upwork, which could impact users who are new to the platform or struggling to make ends meet. The growing trend for work flexibility has taken over the country. From health care to communications to tech, each industry offers roles that…
When it comes to pricing your services it’s often difficult to find that “sweet spot”. Typically, competitive pricing is associated with the cheapest rates. However, there’s something to be said about becoming the premium offering in your practice areas. This means you price your services higher than the competition and simply offer more. If your clients can gain value from your services, then your price point can be easily justified. On the contrary you need to…
The virtual paralegal clients are attorneys and legal professionals most of which are inundated with emails, whether an email gets opened depends entirely on its subject line. It is important to send a professional email message that engages the reader and clearly states why you’re writing. To introduce yourself in an email to prospective clients, use the first paragraph to intro yourself, the second for your request and the third to thank the reader for his…
By Kristin Tyler There are many advantages to becoming a virtual paralegal, including the flexibility it gives you to work when you want and on what projects you want. However, like any business, freelancing requires you to go out and get clients. If you want to be successful, you need to market your services to attorneys and law firms. Here are a few tips to get you started: Create a strong online professional profile.  You should always…
According to ZipRecruiter, as of Jan 27, 2019, the average hourly pay for the Freelance Paralegal jobs category in the United States is $27 an hour. While ZipRecruiter is seeing hourly wages as high as $53.61 and as low as $8.65, the majority of wages within the Freelance Paralegal jobs category currently range between $18 (25th percentile) to $30 (75th percentile) across the United States. The average pay range for a Freelance Paralegal job varies…
FREE eBook Download Whether or not you should launch a virtual paralegal business will depend on your qualifications, practice areas, motivation and hard work. Starting a business can be challenging, and it’s important to have all your questions answered before you take the plunge. There are several reasons why paralegals launched virtual paralegal businesses but regardless of the reason why you decide to start a business; you must first determine if you want to be an…
What are the rules of gift-gifting if you are a freelancer or a virtual paralegal? If you want to give your client a thank you gift, there are ways that won’t cross the line between “loved working with you” and “give me more work”. The etiquette can be a bit tricky. You do not want the gift to be too expensive or personal. It should be a small token of a thoughtful expression and gratitude.…
Thanks to the growing economy freelancers and virtual workers are on the rise. According to the virtual assistant platform Upwork 57.3 million people in the U.S. freelance full time. This is exciting news for parents who want to work from home to spend more time with their family.  Working virtual comes with a lot of benefits including the flexibility to choose the hours you work and the assignments you want to work on. However, there are…