As the practice of law evolves, many attorneys are finding that they have more work than they can handle; for the overburdened practitioner, freelance or contract paralegals present a convenient solution.
There are quite a few hiring organizations seeking paralegals on a contract basis right now," said LawCrossing CEO Harrison Barnes.
"Firms and legal departments are always looking for extra help, and legal secretaries and paralegals who are able to work independently are often the perfect fit for those organizations."
Freelancing can offer confident, business-minded paralegals the opportunity to escape stringent schedules and find more independence and autonomy in their careers.
"What does it take to be an independent or contract paralegal?" asks Dorothy Secol, a freelancer since 1982, on NJParalegal.com.
"A lot of tenacity, determination, a thick skin, business knowledge, and the means to sustain yourself through the start-up time."
Contracted paralegal services can take many forms—from a complete, full-service, paralegal-owned company to a part-time, home-based service comprising just one freelancing paralegal.
There are several examples of the former—companies managed and administrated by a paralegal who typically has more than a decade of legal experience. These businesses usually employ or retain many contract paralegals
to conduct the day-to-day tasks outsourced from law firms and corporate law departments.
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