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Information Virtual Paralegals Need to Know about Solo Practitioners & Small Law Firms Survey Results

04 Jun 2020 10:40 AM | Cordina Charvis (Administrator)
  • Solo practitioners and small law firms primarily service clients who earns between $36,001 and $179,000
  • Their clients include middle to low income individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.
  • They build their clientele through friends, family, community, Pro-Bono and referrals.
  • Ninety -four percent still uses an hourly fee structure while 88% charge flat fees.
  • Google is the number one legal resource for solo practitioners followed by Case-Maker, Online Trial Court Library, MCLE and West Law.
  • Support services often outsourced by solo practitioner and small law firms include investigative, paralegal and deposition, clerical, technical and accounting support.
  • The most challenging aspects of a solo practice as it relates to paralegals are:
  • General office management
  • Managing time at work
  • Hiring, training and supervising staff
  • Legal research

The top 10 practice areas for solo practitioners and small law firms are:

1)    Estate Planning & Probate

2)    Real Estate Law

3)    Elder Law

4)    Litigation

5)    Consumer Law

6)    Family Law

7)    Bankruptcy

8)    Criminal Law

9)    Immigration Law

10) Labor Law/Management

Attorneys reported spending nearly 40% of their workday on tasks other than practicing law. 70% of respondents said they spent too much time on administrative task that would be better assigned to a legal assistant.

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