In an attempt to more effectively manage their practices and caseloads, the utilization of freelance attorneys is becoming an increasingly popular option. A freelance attorney is an experienced attorney who works with other attorneys on a project basis. Here are three reasons why freelance attorneys can be a lifesaver to solo and small law firms.
Just because you're a solo or small firm attorney, doesn't mean that you have to struggle doing everything yourself. There are ways to economically scale your practice to give you the extra manpower you need when you need it. One of those ways is by hiring a freelance attorney. A freelance attorney is simply an experienced attorney who works with other attorneys on certain projects for a one-time or on-going basis. Think of them as an on-call associate that you use whenever you’re in a pinch. A freelance attorney can help change the way you work by making your practice more efficient, helping to balance your caseload and giving you more time to focus on more pressing matters. It all leads to less stress and better work-life balance.
As a busy solo attorney, Marie was forced to wear many different hats in her practice. She was the marketing department, sales, human resources and not to mention a practicing lawyer. Furthermore, when scheduling conflicts arose or she had an overflow of work, she had to miss out on family functions and work tirelessly day and night to get everything done. Marie simply didn’t have the luxury of a firm full of associates at her disposal to help lighten the load or ensure that matters didn’t slip through the cracks.
LegalBee CEO and Founder, Shelley Whitehead, spoke with Ari Kaplan of Reinventing Professionals. They discussed the genesis of LegalBee, the rise of freelance attorneys, how a freelance network can enhance how solo practitioners and small law firms service their clients, and the future of this sector, among other issues. To listen to the interview, click here. Read the transcript of the interview below:
Do you have a trial in one case and a brief due in another? Perhaps an attorney in your office is out on leave and you’re left to pick up their workload in addition to your own. Maybe you can relate to either or both scenarios, or maybe you just simply know how it feels to have too much work and not knowing how it will all get done. If any of this sounds familiar, utilizing a freelance attorney can be a lifesaver for your practice and your sanity.