It’s easy for law firms to fall into processes and habits that waste precious time. The struggle comes from juggling different priorities among team members and getting bogged down in necessary but time-consuming tasks.
One way to capitalize on these daily responsibilities is by enlisting virtual paralegal support. Once legal assistance is secured, your firm opens opportunities for further productivity, budget, and a wider client base.
Make your output more profitable
Your team in the office is essential but also expensive. Keep your in-house staff occupied with the most important tasks related to the cases and clients: don’t waste their skills on mundane tasks that can be easily given to remote paralegals.
Virtual legal assistants won’t eat up your budget because they do not require office space or all the other overhead associated with on-site employees. When you hire for short periods or a per diem arrangement, these remote paralegals don’t require sick pay or vacation leave, increasing your profitability.
Scalability is also easier to manage. There is no need to invest in lengthy hiring processes whenever a new team member is needed, and you don’t have to be concerned with dismissals during quiet periods either. Just get the help when you need it.
Delegate repetitive tasks
Time is the most valuable commodity in your firm, and it’s likely your team is frustrated by some of the mundane, everyday tasks that can be a waste of their skills. Not to mention the constant interruptions they face when in the office, from putting out fires to ringing phones and office chit-chat.
Take the pressure off your team and delegate to a third-party virtual per diem paralegal. They can offer their knowledge of the industry and do tasks uninterrupted. If you choose legal support services in another time zone, your firm can be operating at more hours when your team is resting, boosting your firm’s overall productivity on a daily basis.
Grow your client portfolio
Now that your team has more time in the day, it’s an excellent opportunity to review and take on more clients. By assigning time-consuming, routine, and mundane tasks to virtual paralegals, your on-site team can focus exclusively on high value-tasks that help grow your firm. Your on-site team will have more time to work with clients, answer important questions, provide updates, and stay on top of overall matter management. As a result, your clients will be so well taken care of that each client might feel as if they are your only client. This, in turn, will lead to more referrals of new clients from happy existing clients. You will also be able to process cases faster, again making clients happy and increasing your reputation by getting good outcomes faster than your competitors. Finally, on-site team members will be able to dedicate more time to networking and community involvement, increasing your profile in the communities from which you draw clients. Overall, it’s a win-win.