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Basic Equipment for Managing your Virtual Paralegal Office

03 Jun 2020 6:55 PM | Cordina Charvis (Administrator)

Now that you have chosen your business name and business structure; the next step is to create a budget to keep your over-head costs down. After all, one of the main benefits of using virtual paralegals is to help lower client’s over-head costs.

The general start-up cost for a virtual paralegal business can range from $500 to $5,000.

If you do not have any client when starting your business, you should only purchase the basic items that you will need until you develop a clientele.

The basic items should include a computer; a printer that also has a scanner and copier as well as your practice management software.

Based on your preference you may use a tablet or laptop which will give you the ability to be mobile.

You will also need a smart phone on which you can send and receive emails at any time, as well as to access apps that are essential to operating a virtual firm.

The basic essentials for starting a virtual paralegal business will include the following:

  • First you want to create a dedicated space in your home for your office.
  • Determine your business structure
  • Choose your business name
  • Purchase home-base business insurance
  • Purchase notary public insurance & bond, if applicable
  • Draft your clients’ contracts & agreements
  • Finalize your office procedures
  • Laptop or Tablet
  • Printer, copier, scanner, shredder
  • Smart Phone – activate/download Google Voice or Skype

Determine what software you will need to operate your business:

  1. Practice areas and case management software
  2. Billing and time keeping software
  3. Conflict check system or software
  4. Research software
  5. Document storage
  6. Business operating templates
  7. Court forms depending on your practice areas
  8. Apps commonly used by attorneys or law firms for your practice areas
  9. Fire proof safe – to store your clients’ originals

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