A virtual paralegal is paralegal who performs his or her work responsibilities from a remote or “virtual” location. Virtual paralegals can work from home or from any other place, as long as they have access to a phone, computer, and internet connection. A virtual paralegal is a perfect position for someone who seeks flexibility with his or her time. Virtual paralegals work “off-site” from law firms, but they perform traditional paralegal functions, which can range from drafting documents to filing forms with government agencies to preparing exhibit binders for trial. Paralegals handle a wide variety of tasks to assist attorneys in their practices. However, because virtual paralegals are not attorneys and have not been admitted to the bars of any state, virtual paralegals must always work under the direction of a practicing attorney.
Here are a few sample Virtual Paralegal job descriptions:
Bankruptcy Virtual Paralegal
The candidate will be responsible for client intake, collecting documentation, preparing petitions using software and reporting to attorney. Must possess a paralegal certificate and 1+ year of experience as a paralegal. Experience in handling Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases and preparing bankruptcy petitions is required. Experience working with Best Case a plus.
Virtual Immigration Paralegal
The candidate should preferably have Bachelor's degree and/or paralegal certification from an accredited institution. Must have 5+ years of immigration paralegal experience with general immigration matters. Experience with H-1B, EB-5 and O-1 visas is a plus. Should have knowledge and experience in preparation of business non-immigrant and immigrant visa applications (H1B, O-1, K-1, L-1, etc.). Should also have knowledge of: adjustment of status applications and procedures; asylum and refugee applications and procedures; all other general immigration matters; and laws, legal codes, government regulations and executive orders. Spanish, Chinese, Russian language skills are a plus. Excellent writing, organizational and research skills are required.
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