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Sponsored Content: 3 Roles to Outsource for your Law Firm

The legal world is still deeply steeped in tradition, but sometimes defying the norm can have enormous benefits for your law firm. One way to bend the rules is to think creatively when hiring your team. Often, that means thinking remotely.

The amount of people working remotely at least part time has jumped from 15% to 20% in the last 4 years, according to Thrive Global. This rising rate shows no signs of stopping, because the benefits are undeniable.

A study by TINYpulse concluded that remote workers are happier, more productive, and feel more valued than their in office counter parts. They value flexibility and freedom and more detailed contact with their managers, and can do amazing things for your law firm.

Here are 3 roles you should definitely consider outsourcing for your legal team.

Marketing

Marketing might not be a huge priority for your firm, especially if you work with a small team. However, you absolutely need to be thinking about the way your law firm represents itself. Webris reports that “96% of people seeking legal advice use a search engine”. If you don’t have a solid website ready with FAQs, rates and services, and information about your firm, you are missing a huge demographic of potential customers.

“Your firm needs a high-quality website with valuable content and effective search engine optimization (SEO),” reports Answer 1. “The right website is instrumental in bringing in new clients. Local SEO is especially important so that you get visitors who are looking for lawyers in your area.”

Reception

As a lawyer, you absolutely need a receptionist to help you manage scheduling and paperwork. “There is a tremendous amount of administrative work that is associated with running a law firm,” says Parker Davis on a recent episode of the Lawyerist podcast. A receptionist can help you keep your business in order, as well as maintain the crucial line of contact for potential clients.

But having a full time, in house receptionist can be expensive and ineffective for law firms, especially smaller firms.

This is where outsourcing comes in. Hiring a virtual receptionist for your law firm makes sense; VR services are 1/10th the cost of an in-house option. Not only will they save you time, a comprehensive virtual reception service will help you qualify leads, schedule appointments, and make sure every potential client is taken care of.

Answer 1 offers call answering 24/7/365, which is crucial for lawyers. Your future clients will be in tense legal situations and need answers at all times, which is why services like Answer 1 make sense for legal professionals. The 2017 Clio Legal Trend Report discovered that 2 out of 3 potential clients will choose a firm that promptly answer their first call. You need a live voice, virtual receptionist to assure clients that you are their best legal option.

Make sure to look for a virtual receptionist service that covers after hours.

Paralegals

Another area that attorneys should consider outsourcing is their paralegals. This might prove trickier because of privacy concerns with sensitive legal material. However, that shouldn’t hold attorneys back from exploring this option;

The American Bar reports that “Virtual paralegals offer attorneys a seamless, remote staffing alternative while maximizing the value of each billable hour…not only are attorneys who outsource more productive, but they also realize higher revenues because they pay only for the work being done.”

Hiring on a virtual paralegal will increase your billable hours and allow you to get back to the real work of practicing law.

Moving Forward with Legal Outsourcing

Outsourcing as a lawyer can feel nontraditional, but makes a lot of sense for the average, busy legal professional. Research your options, and consider hiring freelance marketers, virtual receptionist services, and remote paralegals to elevate your law practice.

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Texas Bar Journal announces 2018 Short Story Contest winners

Thank you to the 28 writers who submitted entries to the Texas Bar Journal Short Story Contest this year.

Author names were removed from entries before being submitted to judges in order to keep the contest fair and impartial. Two panels of judges faced the challenging task of selecting the winners, and for each round, the same evaluation form was used for consistency. Twelve entries advanced to the final round, which was judged by Pamela Buchmeyer of Dallas and Jupiter, Florida, Mike Farris of Dallas, and last year’s winner, Gregg Mayer, of Brandon.

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State Bar of Texas announces 2018 winners of Law Day contests

The State Bar announced the winners of the annual Law Day editorial, photography, and poster contests this month.

Each year, Law Day is celebrated nationally on May 1 to honor the rule of law and underscore how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. The State Bar of Texas and the Texas Young Lawyers Association celebrate the importance of law and its impact on our nation and local communities by hosting the statewide editorial, photo, and poster contests based on the American Bar Association Law Day yearly theme. Local bars and young lawyer affiliates are encouraged to hold local contests and submit their first-place winners in each category to the State Bar for the statewide contest.
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Members appointed to Judicial Commission on Mental Health

The Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals have appointed 31 members to lead the newly established Judicial Commission on Mental Health. The commission will examine best practices in the administration of civil and criminal justice for persons with mental illness.

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State Bar of Texas launches Knowledge Center

The State Bar of Texas has launched a new program on its website aimed at offering its members a resource for the latest whitepapers, case studies, trial reports, and more. The Knowledge Center is a repository chock-full of relevant news and information that practitioners can access for free. For more information, go to texasbar.com/knowledgecenter.

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State Bar of Texas TLAP Director Bree Buchanan is honored for work on lawyer wellness

Bree Buchanan, director of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, was honored for her research and outreach on mental health and substance abuse disorders within the legal profession.

Buchanan, who is co-chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and co-authored the task force’s report, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change,” received the Excellence in Community Leadership Award from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Legal Professionals Program.

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Spring cleaning discounts

It’s the time of year for spring sprucing and financial planning. Whether you’re tidying up your finances or tidying up your home the Beneplace Savings Program has resources that can help. You’ll save on mortgage offers, appliances, refinancing services, security systems and much more. Just visit the Home & Garden and Financial Wellness pages on the website to start saving today.

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