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Category Archives: Paralegal Practice Tips

Winner of Medical Terminology Spelling Bee: Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Winner of Medical Terminology Spelling Bee: Dragon NaturallySpeaking

I confess I fancy myself to be a rather awesome speller and fast typist, both of which have come in handy during a long litigation career. But if I were competing in a medical terminology spelling bee against Dragon NaturallySpeaking (hereinafter “Dragon” for you legal folks), inexpensive voice recognition software you can easily load onto your computer and… Continue Reading

Skype Can Help Clients on a Limited Budget

Skype Can Help Clients on a Limited Budget

As a virtual paralegal, I am lucky to use an assortment of remote technology every day, depending on attorney preferences and the assignment. I am a big fan of the free stuff like Google Drive, Evernote, Box – and Skype (computer-to-computer calls). I used Skype this afternoon for an interview assignment. When I called the… Continue Reading

Paralegal Practice Tips 31-40

Here are 10 more terrific practice tips from legal support staffers whose profiles Practical Paralegalism has been privileged to share over the last several years: 31.  Never stop learning! ~ Daphne Drescher (California paralegal) 32.  Wear comfortable shoes! ~ Lorie Smith (North Carolina paralegal) 33.  When you work in-house, your clients are your colleagues –… Continue Reading

Paralegal Practice Tip: Medical Summaries Are Like Jigsaw Puzzles

Paralegal Practice Tip: Medical Summaries Are Like Jigsaw Puzzles

Summarizing medical records is a little like working a jigsaw puzzle. Put together, or summarize, the pieces you do have, and they’ll lead you to the missing pieces, or the rest of the complete medical history.  Use every bit of information at your disposal, including (but not limited to), client contact, medical bills, medical records,… Continue Reading

Paralegal Practice Tips 11-20

Here are 10 more great paralegal practice tips from legal support staffer profiles that Practical Paralegalism has been honored to share over the past several years: Paralegal Practice Tips 11-20 11.  Take pride in your work and have a passion for excellence. ~ Lino Rivera (Texas paralegal) 12.   To avoid missing deadlines, confirm and… Continue Reading

The Grass Is Greener in a Green Law Firm

The Grass Is Greener in a Green Law Firm

Inspired by Google’s beautiful Earth Day logo today, I’m sharing some links for ways that your law firm can go green and leave a smaller – but better – footprint. You can save money, reduce trash and help our planet by: Turning off your PC and printer at night – and setting them to enter… Continue Reading

5 Ways to Tame an Out-of-Control Office

5 Ways to Tame an Out-of-Control Office

by Judd Kessler, Esq.The paralegal’s role requires you to be extremely organized, allocate your time wisely, plan ahead, and pay attention to details. Are you scheduling calendar dates by counting on your fingers? Updating multiple calendars for everyone in the office? Drafting documents by re-using previously created ones? If you can answer “yes” to any… Continue Reading

Paralegals and Dental Hygienists Keep Clients Happy

Paralegals and Dental Hygienists Keep Clients Happy

When I commit to a dental practice, it’s usually not because of the five minutes I spent exposing my squeaky clean molars to the dentist – but due to the previous half hour I spent with his sweet, reassuring dental hygienist, who almost managed to make me forget it felt like she was trying to… Continue Reading

The Art of Following Up for Paralegals, or Pick Up the Phone

What’s the number one complaint of both law firm clients and job seekers? “No one follows up or tells me what’s going on.” Steve Marchese posted “The Etiquette of Following Up” at The Lawyerist this week, giving job seekers some excellent pointers when they have not heard from prospective employers post interview. He encourages follow-up… Continue Reading

Contact Info:

Lynne J. DeVenny, N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

Email: lynne.devenny[at]gmail.com

Telephone: 336-582-0003

Inquiries are welcome, with free quotes available.

Meet Lynne:

Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with over 27 years of experience working on complex litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.

Disclosure: I am not a lawyer and cannot provide legal representation or legal advice.

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