BizVA provides legal businesses with top-line virtual legal assistants. Our virtual assistants in the legal profession are experts in organizing documents, client data, and keeping client data secure.
What is a Virtual Legal Assistant?
Virtual legal assistants are professionals who operate in the legal industry to provide administrative and other services. A virtual legal assistant works remotely from their own home, is often self-employed, and reports payments using Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income. Here are many tasks our Legal Virtual Assistants can do for you:
- Phone and email inquiry Management
- Calendar, scheduling, and travel management
- File organization
- Legal research and writing
- Drafting, reviewing, and editing legal documents
- Legal accounting
Our Virtual Assistants are ready, willing, and able to help with these tasks and many more. Book a call to learn more.
How can a Legal Virtual Assistant help my business?
It is tough to find qualified legal assistants in today’s economy. And it’s almost impossible to grow your law practice without highly trained, reliable and professional assistants to help run your practice. That’s why more and more law offices are turning to virtual legal assistants to help them take more cases, support more clients, and grow their practices.
Legal Virtual Assistants Help Save You Money
Whether it’s the high cost of professional legal assistants that’s keeping your from hiring or the lack of qualified legal assistants in your area, hiring a virtual legal assistant solves both problems. For about 1/3 of the cost of a traditional in-house assistant, and available to work anywhere in the country due to their remote status, a virtual legal assistant is the solution to your staffing problems.
Remote Legal Assistants Offer Documentation
Work with legal documents can be delegated in a wide variety of methods to virtual legal assistants, depending on the practice area. They are able to write petitions, rulings, orders, and even preambles. Remote legal assistants, for instance, are frequently tasked with reviewing and administering contracts. Since contracts are enforceable under the law, they form the backbone of most legal practices. Law firms, internally, may practice contract law by drafting and negotiating client agreements for the retention of legal services (this is when businesses hire lawyers to review their contracts). This is why many businesses nowadays use virtual legal assistants to handle the tedious task of reviewing and managing contracts. With the help of the client’s provided information, a virtual legal assistant can design a legally binding contract that is clear to all parties. As the document evolves, they can provide feedback and monitor its development.
Legal Remote Assistants Provide Invoicing
With the support of our Legal Virtual Assistants, preparing and sending bills to clients becomes quick and straightforward. Hand over this chore to them and be relieved of this time-consuming responsibility.
Remote Virtual Legal Assistant FAQs
How would a virtual legal assistant work in my office?
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve all gotten more accustomed to working with clients, vendors, and colleagues remotely. Working with a virtual legal assistant works the same way.
Using secure remote access software, your virtual legal assistant will be able to tap into your office’s computer network, phone system, and scheduling software just like they were sitting in the next room. This remote access software is how they’ll be able to work seamlessly with your office, scheduling appointments, communicating with clients, sending documents, and more.
Your virtual legal assistant will work whatever hours you deem appropriate. If you plan to utilize your assistant to handle tasks like returning phone calls and scheduling appointments, you’ll likely want them to work the hours your office is open. If you’d like your legal VA to respond to online inquiries, file insurance claims, and make and send invoices, you may want them to work in the middle of the night (for you, which is daytime for them), so you can walk into work the next day knowing everything was taken care of while you were away.
Benefits of hiring a legal virtual assistant
- Affordable– Virtual legal assistants are paid about 1/3 of the salary of an in-house employee.
- Hire the best – We’ve gathered the most qualified and experienced legal assistants, so you don’t have to settle for hiring from the talent pool in your city.
- Prevent burnout – When your law office is properly staffed, you can delegate tasks, enjoy more free time, and prevent burnout.
- Improve customer satisfaction – Clients who have their questions answered, calls returned, and appointments scheduled quickly are more likely to leave positive reviews and refer their friends.
- Grow your practice – If you’ve been dreaming of growing your practice but haven’t been able to because you can’t find or afford the help you need, a virtual legal assistant can help make your entrepreneurial dreams a reality.
How much does a virtual legal assistant cost?
Law offices are turning to remote virtual assistants in droves because of the immense payroll savings that come from working with remote employees.
The average salary in the United States for an in-house legal assistant hovers around $20 per hour or $41,600 per year. Of course, this number can be significantly higher in areas with a high cost of living.
In contrast, a virtual legal assistant is paid $10 an hour, for a total yearly salary of $20,800. For the same amount of work, your law office would save $20,800 a year by hiring a virtual legal assistant.
And the savings don’t stop there. When you hire an in-house employee, you are also responsible for paying for benefits like health insurance, dental insurance, paid time off, vacation time, holiday pay, and sick days. Altogether, you can expect to pay an in-person employee 1.25 to 1.50 times their salary. For example, if you hire an employee at a $40,000 salary, after benefits, it costs more like $50,000 to $60,000 to employ that person every year.
This is another way that law offices save by hiring remote legal assistants. With a virtual legal assistant, all benefits are already included in the $10 per hour pay rate. Not only does this save your practice thousands of dollars a year, but it’s easier to budget for, too.
You’ll work with the same virtual legal assistant every day
Great relationships build great teams. When you hire a virtual legal assistant from BizVa, you’ll work with the same person every day. This way you and your staff will be able to build a relationship with your new remote employee and create the trust that builds a superior team.
You and your staff can be in contact with your virtual legal assistant as often as you like via chat, instant messaging, phone calls, video calls, and email. They can even attend all your in-house meetings remotely.
What happens if my legal VA doesn’t work out?
If for any reason you are not satisfied with your legal virtual assistant’s productivity, performance, personality, or any other factor, BizVa will work quickly to address any issues and remedy the situation. We can even replace your VA with a new one if necessary.
Unlike working with an in-person employee in the United States, virtual employees who live outside the country are not subject to U.S. labor laws. In some states, it can take months and mountains of paperwork to fire an underperforming employee without the risk of a lawsuit, but with a virtual employee, you can hire and fire at will.
Virtual legal assistants can help
you grow your practice
Does your growth plan include opening another location, taking on more clients, or expanding into a new specialty? Often, the cost and hassle of finding new employees keep law offices from scaling as quickly as they’d like. But at the low cost of only $10 per hour, virtual legal assistants are incredibly affordable, so you can scale at your own pace.
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