Paralegal Calendar Management

According to the American Bar Association (“ABA”), roughly 13% of malpractice claim errors are related to improper calendaring (See The Most Common Legal Malpractice Claims by Types of Alleged Error). If you’ve worked as a paralegal for very long you have almost certainly missed a deadline and your boss has probably missed a hearing or two as well. … [Read more...]

How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Advance Your Career

Social media isn’t just about connecting with other professionals, it is about connecting with the right professionals and building a reputation that can help you gain prestige and get a promotion or land a better job. And LinkedIn groups might be one of the best social media outlets for you to do this. “LinkedIn groups offer one of the best ways … [Read more...]

Paralegal Writing- 15 Words and Phrases You May be Using Wrong

You've  been speaking and writing your whole life and are pretty sure that you have a firm grasp of the English language, so you might be surprised to find out that many people use some common words and phrases wrong, and you may be one of them.   1. Affect vs. Effect Affect is a verb and means to impress or produce a change in. “Her … [Read more...]

Legal Ethics – Are You Being Properly Supervised?

A paralegal can perform any task that an attorney can, with the exceptions of representing a client in front of a judge, who is not an administrative law judge (“ALJ”), forming the attorney-client relationship with a client on behalf of an attorney employer, signing legal pleadings on behalf of an attorney or client, and giving legal advice that is … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Getting Freelance Paralegal Work Using Online Job Boards

Whether you run your own freelance paralegal business or you just want to earn some extra cash, job boards are an excellent way to find freelance paralegal work. However, to be successful using job boards, there are some things that you will need to do before bidding on any jobs. The first thing you will need to do is get a website. Not only … [Read more...]

10 Signs You May Not be Ready to Run a Freelance Paralegal Business

Many new and seasoned paralegals dream of running a freelance business where they work for themselves and set their own hours, but not everyone is ready to run a freelance business. Signs you may not be ready include: 1. You do not have another source of income. According to the Small Business Association (“SBA”), one-half of all small … [Read more...]

How to Help a Client Who Has Been the Victim of Identity Theft

According to the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (“BJS”), nearly16.6 million people, or 7% of all persons age 16 or older, experienced at least one incident of identity theft in 2012. Identity theft includes the attempted or successful misuse of an existing credit, debit, or bank account, the misuse of personal information to open … [Read more...]

The Target Security Breach – What it means for you?

The recent Target security breach compromised the personal and financial data of nearly 40 million Americans and according to John Fox, founder of the marketing firm Venture Marketing, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Names, credit card numbers, social security numbers, home addresses, and e-mail addresses have been exposed in hundreds, … [Read more...]

8 Steps to Preparing Income Tax Returns for your Paralegal Business

If you run your own freelance or independent paralegal business, and wish to prepare your own tax returns, but have no idea where to start, you are in the right the place. Federal income tax returns can be daunting, but you can prepare your own returns, if you just follow the simple steps below! 1. Determine what forms you need to file. The … [Read more...]

Paralegals, 2014 is Coming – How to Prepare & What to Expect

The end of 2013 is fast approaching and many businesses are getting ready for the New Year. So just what should you, as a paralegal, be doing to prepare and what can you expect from 2014? How to Prepare for the Years End There are several things that a paralegal can do to help prepare for the end of a year and the start a new one. Think … [Read more...]

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