Help with the Work

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When and how to get help with the work of running your law office.

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Help with the Work

  1. 1. Help with the Work Practice Management Tips Beverly Michaelis, J.D. Practice Management Advisor Professional Liability Fund
  2. 2. BookkeeperContract ParalegalLawyer YOU Virtual Secretary Receptionist
  3. 3. You Need Help If …1. You are overwhelmed2. Don’t like particular tasks3. Lack the know-how
  4. 4. Secretarial/Clerical? • File management • Case management • Phones • Accounting • Polishing work product
  5. 5. Legal Assistant/Paralegal?1. Discovery2. Drafting3. Research4. Prep and organization
  6. 6. Another Lawyer… ? Prepare and sign documents Meet with clients Represent clients
  7. 7. Specialized Help?
  8. 8. http://www.osbar.org/surveys_research/snrtoc.html
  9. 9. Staff SalariesSupport Services $12 - $14Legal Secretary $22 - $25Paralegal $27 - $30http://www.mbabar.org/Resources/FrequentlyRequestedDocuments.html
  10. 10. Staff Benefits and TaxesSalary (high end) $30.00Benefits /taxes *.30Total cost $39.00 http://smallbusiness.chron.com/costs-employee-vs- independent-contractor-1077.html
  11. 11. One billable hour pays for 4.6 hours of high-end staff time $182 vs $39
  12. 12. How to Get Started1. Slack in the budget?2. Commitment to bill?3. Ongoing or temporary?4. Who can do it more efficiently?
  13. 13. Budget for Outsourcing?
  14. 14. Other Professionals• Business coach• Marketer• IT/Web experts• CPA
  15. 15. Save Money!1. Virtual / home office2. Work-for-rent3. Office share4. Borrow space
  16. 16. 503-639-6911 or 800-452-1639 www.osbplf.org
  17. 17. Beverly Michaelis Practice Management Advisor beverlym@osbplf.org 503-639-6911 or 800-452-1639LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/beverlymichaelisTwitter: http://twitter.com/OreLawPracMgmtBlog: http://oregonlawpracticemanagement.com/

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