Contract Paralegals - An Economical Choice for Lawyers


Contractual or "virtual" paralegals are becoming more prevalent in today's technology-based work environments. With the advent of secure e-mail, digital voice messaging, tablets, "clouds" and other interactive tools, solo and small firm practitioners who otherwise may not be able to afford a full-time staff member can contract with a paralegal for their larger projects. This is a win-win situation for those who have just hung out their shingle and are overwhelmed with all of the other overhead/startup expenses associated with starting a law firm.

For example, our company, Paralegal Consultants, works with attorneys nationwide who need assistance with a specific project. Some attorneys utilize us for ongoing projects as well but, for the most part, we assist lawyers with matters that need an extra hand.

However, attorneys are unfamiliar with contracting paralegals. Of course, they are familiar with staffing services who will provide a person for short or long-term assignments to work at their office - but that's not what a contract paralegal does. Sure, we can come onsite when needed but, as my company tagline indicates, "we are not a staffing agency, we are your paralegals." This article more fully explains the concept of contract paralegals and how they are becoming more and more popular in the legal field.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Valerie Nowottnick | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


Valerie Nowottnick on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.