Are you a paralegal seeking to escape the office environment for a more flexible schedule? Being highly organized is a skill that all paralegals should possess, but this is even more important in a virtual environment. In order to be successful as a virtual paralegal, there should also be competence in the following areas:
Technical Proficiency: A virtual paralegal should be comfortable with technology. They must be adept at using communication tools, document sharing platforms, virtual meeting software, and law-specific software like case management systems.
Communication Skills: As they will be interacting with attorneys, clients, and other stakeholders remotely, they should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They also need to be adept at active listening to effectively understand tasks and respond appropriately.
Dependability: It's essential that the paralegal be reliable, meeting deadlines and completing tasks to the best of their ability. Even though they're working remotely, their work directly impacts cases and client outcomes.
Adaptability: Things can change rapidly in the legal field. A great virtual paralegal needs to be able to adapt to new situations, learn quickly, and be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.
Proactiveness: The ability to anticipate needs and problems before they arise is invaluable. A proactive paralegal who can take initiative will stand out and become an invaluable asset to any legal team.
Self-Motivation and Discipline: Virtual work requires discipline and the ability to work independently. They need to manage their own workload and stay focused without the traditional office structure.
These are some of the key skills and qualities that can make a virtual paralegal great. But remember, this is a broad description and specific needs can vary depending on the attorney, the law firm, and the nature of the work.
In addition to these, having a dedicated, quiet workspace and stable internet connection are also important for a virtual paralegal.
To be successful as a virtual bankruptcy paralegal at least five years of recent, verifiable, debtor-side experience is preferred. A virtual bankruptcy paralegal should also:
Be proficient in using bankruptcy software.
Possess drafting skills including understanding how to respond to bankruptcy motions, proof of claim objections, adversary proceedings, suggestions of bankruptcy, reaffirmation agreements, loan modifications and more.
Be knowledgeable about the bankruptcy court and processes and understand the bankruptcy filing processes.