Solo and small firm practitioners are familiar with the ebb and flow of business throughout the year. Despite a well crafted and flawlessly executed business development and marketing plan, things can get slow sometimes. But small law practice has a way of going from zero to sixty. One minute you are worried about where the next client is coming from and the next you are crazy busy. Like 52 browser tabs open, headset fusing to skull, no clean lawyer costumes, and a calendar that looks like you just got destroyed in a fullscreen game of Tetris kind of busy.
A great way to manage these stressful periods and prevent deterioration to a state of complete and ultimate chaos (not the beautiful fractal kind) is to delegate projects to the office law clerk or paralegal. But wait – you don’t have a law clerk or paralegal. You are are a pure solo or a super lean DIY kind of shop. Or maybe your support staff is maxed out and similarly teetering on the Schwarzschild radius of madness. This is where Firecite comes in. Firecite makes it easy for busy lawyers to quickly delegate projects to virtual law clerks and paralegals.
Firecite is a secure online platform (hereinafter “cool website”) that connects attorneys with legal freelancers that can tackle almost any project. Firecite is not a place for the general public to find attorneys. It is a place where attorneys hire freelance support staff on a project basis. Attorneys can log onto Firecite and post projects they need help with. Then Firecite’s network of paralegals, law clerks, and lawyers bid on the project. The attorney reviews the bids, selects a provider, and gets the project completed. All this without sacrificing valuable time, energy, and the last wispy, frayed strand of sanity still loosely tethered to reality.
Here are five examples of projects you can delegate on Firecite right now.
Legal Research Projects
Legal research projects are the most commonly posted project on Firecite. These projects range from simple outlines of case law to exhaustive memoranda on an entire topic.
A quality legal research memo quickly acquaints the reader with a specific issue or area of law and provides a good springboard for further research and case development. But, when you are gnawing on Arabica beans like a hopped up guinea pig while preparing for a gnarly deposition, conducting exhaustive legal research and summarizing the findings into a concise memo may not be the best use of your time.
Perhaps a 50-state survey about an issue would make a great persuasive footnote in your motion or brief, but you need someone to conduct the research and compile the string citation. Or maybe you need a bulleted list briefing every case in your jurisdiction on a particular issue, but you don’t have the time to put it together because you have an exabyte of emails from opposing counsel to deal with. Outsourcing discrete legal research projects like these can be a life saver when time is in short supply.
Drafts of Motions and Briefs
More often than not, motion practice is the heart of the case. But sometimes you simply can’t spend as much time as you would like producing high-quality legal writing. Other times, writers block keeps the ship from getting off the ground entirely.
When you find yourself spread thin like graphene, a talented freelance law clerk with a fresh perspective can provide you with a solid and well-researched first draft of your motion or brief. Alternatively, you may choose to delegate the project to an experienced freelance attorney that can deliver a more complete work product ready for your final review and finishing touches.
Document Review and Organization
Organizing, reviewing, and indexing discovery, exhibits, and other case related documents can consume a huge amounts of time. Experienced litigation paralegals can assist with transforming raw discovery into highly useful and accessible information based on your requirements and objectives. An awesome freelance paralegal can help you develop timelines, fact and statement charts, witness charts, and even demonstrative aids.
Formatting Legal Documents
Ever find yourself locked in mortal combat with formatting issues in Word (does anybody still use WordPerfect)? What about getting the text to perfectly align with the pleading line numbers? And don’t even act like you haven’t wasted a significant portion of your life trying to create a table of authorities.
If you do a significant amount of legal writing and litigation, you probably already have amazing pleading templates. But sometimes formatting issues can creep into documents when you least expect it. There are paralegal wizards on Firecite that can tackle these jobs in a fraction of the time it would take you.
A blog full of useful, substantive information can round out your website, improve your web traffic and search engine rankings, and help you find more clients. But many attorneys are discouraged from doing so because it takes a significant amount of time to put together well-researched, consistent content for a blog. The result is that your blog basically becomes a re-posting dump heap for any news article that even remotely mentions the practice of law. Don’t let that happen.
There are writers on Firecite that can transform lofty, dry legal concepts into engaging, easy-to-read blog posts. Post your blog project on Firecite and you can start reaping the benefits of a blog in just a few days without slaving over a single post.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of projects that attorneys can outsource on Firecite. Legal research, motions and pleadings, and blog articles are just three popular examples of projects attorneys can delegate on Firecite. Open that 53rd browser tab and go to https://firecite.com. Whatever the task, you can probably get it done quickly and easily on Firecite. Post a project today.