The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
DeVenny Paralegal Services has had a web presence (many thanks to the awesome T. Marie Hilton of Geek Girl Web Design) since August 1, and so far my potential client inquiries have included two different attorneys asking if I am moving to California and New York.
Er, I’m not. I live less than two hours away from North Carolina’s famous beaches. Although I’ve visited both California and New York and like them very much.
Of course, it is a bit flattering to be asked if I am relocating, and if so, how soon can I interview. I respond that I have a great office equipped with the latest technology, and I am ready right now to help with overflow work – without moving. Seriously, my office is your office.
I can be there for busy litigators without being in the same building, providing experienced litigation support in complex medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security cases, especially when a paralegal that knows medical records inside and out is needed. I can organize and summarize all of the pieces of a challenging case, including discovery, electronically and/or with paper, in multiple ways that make preparation for case evaluation, settlement, mediation, depositions, and trial much smoother.
I have successfully supported many attorneys remotely over the years. Sometimes I did not see them for extended periods, for multiple reasons, including their work from home, travel for business or pleasure, or various types of leaves. Secure, HIPAA-compliant and collaborative writing technology allow a litigation team to work together seamlessly and efficiently, even if we are not in same building.
Heck, I think of the many awesome attorneys I worked with every day – in the same building – that I rarely saw. We communicated primarily via email and telephone, and often exchanged documents via cloud technology. Sometimes we joked that we should Skype sometime, just to see each others’ faces.
So, while I definitely won’t be moving to another state for work any time soon, my office is your office – without the extra overhead for you.
Interested in more information about virtual help? Check out the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Today article, “Virtual Help: An Outsourcing Relationship With a Virtual Assistant Can Complete Your Team”