legal secretary for profitabilitySeveral years ago, even before the economic downturn, there was a lot of discussion about the changing role of legal secretaries, which morphed into aggressive efforts by firms to increase their attorney-to-secretary ratios. What used to be 2:1 ratios became 3:1 and then 4:1, if not more. The downturn only pushed firms to cut staff even further.
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not all doom and gloom paralegal professionI recently came across a rather…how shall I say it, um…interesting article regarding paralegals and technology. The title of this captivating online missive (captivating like you can’t believe you’re actually reading these words on a screen written by an alleged colleague and not someone holding himself out to be the omnipotent predictor of the damned) was “Your Paralegals Are an Embarrassment.” The gist of it was that robots and technology will undoubtedly take over our jobs, attorneys who have a lot of paralegals should be embarrassed, and if you work as a paralegal—you’re doomed.
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paralegal tips to managing emailsAs paralegals, we are known multitaskers, often confronting many tasks at once. While multitasking seems like a process of getting more done, it often results in distraction and inefficiency. And while it is nearly impossible for paralegals to avoid distraction completely, we can learn to manage email intake for a better overall workflow.
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only client syndrome fix for paralegalWe have all had clients with “only client syndrome”(OCS); some of us have had a few of these at any one time and have a few premature grey hairs as a result. It is all too easy however to label these clients as “high maintenance” and dismiss their demands as unreasonable. Beware! By labelling their demands as unreasonable you miss a valuable opportunity to better understand how your clients tick.
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keep calm im a paralegalWhat is The Paralegal Society™ you ask? Think of it as a social conduit of information created for all paralegals. Whether you are new to the field or a savvy and experienced paralegal, you are welcome here. In fact, we created this blog just for you. You can find interesting articles, glean helpful information and career tips,  ask questions and seek advice from our team of experienced paralegal mentors who will provide assistance, guidance and support.
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legal secretary salary survey 2015 for conveynacingThe biggest response group from the secretary salary survey was the conveyancing secretaries – almost two thirds of the information received. This week we break down the conveyancing secretary salaries by experience from the major cities in South Africa.

Legal Secretary 2015 Salaries by ExperienceIn our analysing of the salary survey this week, we have used the experience and supervision percentage to get a better measurement of the value of the legal secretary.

legal secretary salary survey 2015 per cityThis week we take a close look at various disciplines inside the broad description of legal secretary and then drill down further by city or town.

Legal secretary salary survey 2015 first resultsIt has been a long time coming, lots of begging and pleading and many, many reminders, but at last we have enough feedback to publish a reasonable guideline for legal secretary salaries in South Africa. Many thanks to all 458 respondents, without you the profession would be in the dark on secretary salaries.

legal secretary salary survey 2015 last  weekOf the many thousands of legal secretaries in South Africa, we have received approximately 350 responses to our Legal Secretary Salary Survey 2015. Please help the profession and take the 10 click survey, this is our last week before we close the submissions and start finalising the reports. 

The  empowered paralegalEvery day thousands of paralegals and legal assistants leave their offices feeling frustrated, overworked and under utilized.  As an attorney and professor, author Robert E. Mongue, J.D. hears from paralegals who, despite their education and professional training, feel poorly equipped to meet the real challenges of today’s law office. Too often paralegals are taught law and procedure but not how to effectively manage their time, workloads and clients. Too often they feel ineffective and powerless when dealing with attorneys, clients and court personnel, inside and outside the office.
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paralegal talkParalegals and paralegal students often have difficulty developing their writing skills to the level expected from legal industry. The legal professionals rely heavily on both verbal and written communication, and writing is an essential necessity for both lawyers and legal secretaries. Because the other employees in a law firm will not tolerate inadequate writing skills, all paralegals need to learn to write in a concise and precise manner with proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. But how should they get started?
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