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Add a paralegal to your team


From Judicialsupport.com

The trial notice just arrived.  You found it on your desk along with a whole lot of other notices you can’t even begin to think about until you finish your first cup of coffee. Ok, go on, finish your cup of coffee but you have to promise me that you will come back here. You can’t afford not to. I have an idea… No, a solution to keep you organized and on track.

Well, welcome back. Now that you’re more awake let’s discuss what your paralegal can do for you. What? You haven’t hired a paralegal?  Well that’s the first order of business. Your business is growing and you cannot be the only one handling everything. Hiring a paralegal does not mean you’re going to lose control of your practice. Hiring a paralegal is going to give you more control of your practice.  Let me explain how.

That notice or notices which are currently staring you in the face? They all need to be entered on your calendar. Yes, I know your secretary did that. I see it, it’s there.  The trial starts in 3 months. That’s not much time. Surely during life of the case you have taken depositions, collected medical records, interviewed witnesses, propounded and responded to interrogatories and, I’m sure there were a fees motions in between. All of these are now in the file or would I be more correct if I said FILES. Chances are that the file has grown into a drawer or two of a whole lot of stuff which was compiled with this end in sight.

In the next three months you will have to review all those files and put them in some type of order so you can represent your client as only you can. All those depositions you took?  Yeah, the ones that the court reporters send to you all bound and pretty?  They need to be reviewed and indexed and, a good paralegal can even summarize them for you and highlight the most important parts. That way all you need to do is turn to the page indicated and know what to concentrate on at trial or during trial prep.

Ohh and that’s not all. What about all the things that have to be done prior to the trial starting?  Prep the witnesses, meet with experts, serve your witness list on the adversaries, prep the client and keep the client calm. All these things take time. All these are things that paralegals have been trained to handle and can take away from your plate so you can concentrate on facts, strategy, being the best litigator you can be and wow everyone in court just like you always dreamed of in law school.

Best of all? You don’t even have to have the paralegal in your office. Have you heard of virtual paralegals? No? Hmm well … Call me, we can talk.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2011 in Attorneys, paralegals

 

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