Are you a solo attorney spending most of your time tending to time-consuming legal administrative tasks? Do you often leave the office exhausted only to recall you haven’t billed a single hour that day? If this sounds like you, you’ll want to continue reading. The good news is you have decided to go solo at an ideal time. With the growth of the internet, and the exploding virtual assistance industry, you can now get the support you need without incurring the costs of a full-time salaried legal assistant. There is a simple two step process, which I recommend you follow if you wish to free up more time to practice law.
First, come to the realization you cannot do it all on your own. Going solo does not have to mean working solo. Once you have reached that conclusion, hire a virtual legal assistant (VLA) to help you manage your law practice.
Legal Administrative Tasks your VLA can Handle
Now that I have your attention, I’m going to list three essential tasks a virtual legal assistant can take off of your to-do list today.
1. Time Tracking & Invoicing
If you are not keeping track of each moment you spend working on your clients’ cases, you are probably losing more money than you’d like to admit. Let a virtual legal assistant keep track of the time you spend on each case. Just email or fax your time sheets to your VLA daily. When it is time to invoice your clients, your VLA can generate your invoices and forward them to your clients for payment.
2. Digital Transcription
Have you finally realized you can get more done when you dictate your letters and pleadings? A virtual legal assistant can transcribe your digital recordings and analog tapes. Just dictate your letters, pleadings or a long list of tasks, and have your VLA transcribe your recordings and deliver them to your inbox. If you want, you can phone-in your dictation to your virtual legal assistant for prompt transcription.
3. Deposition Scheduling
Depositions are essential to most legal matters. However, scheduling depositions can be a headache when you are continuously playing phone tag with the other party. Let your VLA coordinate the deposition with you, the witness, and the other attorney. Your VLA can add the deposition to your calendar, secure a court reporter, reserve the conference room, prepare and mail the deposition notices for you.
When you decided to go solo surely you didn’t expect to carry everything on your shoulders. Delegate those time-consuming legal administrative tasks to a virtual legal assistant, and get back to practicing law. A VLA will help you increase productivity and your billable hours.