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7 Best Tips for Making the Most of a Paralegal or Legal Assistant

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on March 22, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A law firm is more than a collection of lawyers. Often, the staff keeps things running, handling case logistics, managing scheduling, and even researching and drafting. That is to say, your paralegals and legal assistants matter. A lot.

Here are FindLaw's seven best posts on how to get the best paralegals and legal assistants around and how to make the most of the support staff you already have.

1. Solo Practitioners: Do You Need a Paralegal?

The chances are, if you're a solo practitioner you're really solo, handling almost all your work on your own. But, even solo practitioners may be able to benefit from bringing on a paralegal or legal secretary.

If you are ready to bring in some help, you'll need to have some cash on hand. Legal support staff costs a pretty penny -- and the best staff costs even more. Not only is there salary to consider, but the costs of taxes, benefits, onboarding, and more.

These ten steps will help you find the best legal secretary or paralegal for your needs, while saving you some time and, hopefully, keeping you from hiring the wrong candidate.

4. 3 Ways to Save Money by Investing in Your Paralegal

Professional development can expand your support staffs' skills, allowing them to play bigger, and more valuable, roles in the firm.

5. 5 Tips for Working With a Virtual Paralegal

Can't fit another desk in your office? Don't have the need for a full-time paralegal? A virtual paralegal might be the answer.

6. 3 Ways You Can (And Can't) Split Costs with Fellow Attorneys

You share space with another solo practitioner or small firm. But can you share the cost of a paralegal or legal secretary?

Titles matter, so make sure you get your support staff's titles right.

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