Why work with a freelance lawyer?

Why do lawyers choose to work with a freelance lawyer?

My practice is focused on providing litigation support and legal research and writing services to Colorado lawyers on a freelance or contract basis.  I truly love helping other lawyers sustain and grow their practices and I’ve worked with solo and small firm practitioners throughout Colorado.  Although working with a freelance lawyer may not always meet your needs or your clients’ needs, it is an often overlooked and underused option for lawyers.  Here are a few reasons that hiring lawyers have reached out to me for freelance legal services:

Staffing Changes:

Lawyers have contacted me because they are in between associates and need short-term, temporary coverage.  As anyone who has been involved in the associate hiring process knows, it can take quite a while to find a good fit and it is really worth taking the time to get it right.  I have been able to step in and get to work immediately on assignments.  This takes some of the pressure off of the hiring lawyer--they have the coverage and support to dedicate their time to the associate search.

Firm Expansion:

Lawyers have contacted me when they are thinking about adding an associate to their solo practice or expanding their small firm.  For many lawyers, their workload is increasing but they’re not quite ready to make immediate hiring decisions.  By outsourcing some legal work to me, lawyers get a sense for working with and supervising an associate.  This gives hiring lawyers the perspective to evaluate their firm's staffing needs.

Retirement:

I have worked with a lawyer who was wrapping up his solo practice and planning for retirement.  He was working less often but still needed some research support.  I was able to help him close a few outstanding client matters so that he could retire with peace of mind. 

Medical Issues: 

Unfortunately, many of us will experience a major illness or injury in our lifetime that will pull us away from work. I have spoken with lawyers who needed long-term coverage as they dealt with their medical issues. 

Time Away from the Office: 

It’s a wide world out there, and it sure is nice to see more of it.  I’ve spoken with lawyers contemplating extended travel.

Practice Management:

Most hiring lawyers choose to work with a freelance lawyer simply to moderate their workflow during busy periods.  According to Colorado Rule of Professional Conduct 1.3, lawyers must "act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client." 

Perhaps no professional shortcoming is more widely resented than procrastination.
— C.R.P.C. 1.3, Comment 3

I have helped lawyers slog through necessary but tedious projects, like document review.  It really makes sense to outsource these projects to a freelance lawyer. 

Trial Preparation

I have worked with lawyers on trial-related matters and provided one-time or ongoing litigation support.  Litigation requires legal research on a wide range of procedural and substantive issues.  Litigation is time-consuming and expensive, and it takes a lot of work to do it well.  I provide cost-effective support throughout the litigation process.

 

Freelance legal services are inherently flexible and can be structured in a really wide variety of ways to best serve the needs of each party.  If you need to add capacity or coverage to your practice, I offer flexible, cost-effective, and individually-tailored solutions to support the great work you’re doing.

-Sarah 

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