Law Firm Hiring: Mistakes To Avoid When Hiring A Virtual Assistant

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Law Firm Hiring: Mistakes To Avoid When Hiring A Virtual Assistant

Yesterday’s post talked about the key performance indicators that alert you that it is time to hire more employees. However, if you’re a solo attorney you may just need an assistant to answer calls, take messages and be a friendly voice when prospects and clients call. Do you need someone in the office all day for that? No. A virtual assistant can be just what the attorney ordered.

Small law firms can take advantage of and even save money not having onsite staff; the use of a virtual assistant can free up more time to spend with clients while also lowering costs. But there are some mistakes you should avoid when hiring and working with virtual assistants.

  1. Hiring assistants with no legal industry experience. Virtual assistants who have experience working with lawyers cost more than Virtual Assistantyour run of the mill assistant. But don’t make the mistake of going the cheapest route. Hiring an assistant who doesn’t understand the needs of law firms can cost you more in time and money in the end.
  2. Unrealistic expectations. When you’re hiring a virtual assistant, there may be a tendency to view them as an administrative superhero who can swoop in and relieve you of all your paperwork duties. But that’s not a realistic expectation. If you want to get the most out of hiring a virtual assistant, decide what specific tasks you want them to handle and limit their work to that. Remember, they can only complete so much work in a limited amount of time.
  3. Not playing to strengths. Every virtual assistant has weaknesses and strengths. Find out what the strengths and weakness of your assistant are, and give them work that leverages their strengths.
  4. Not accepting feedback. Your virtual assistant is here to help you with your administrative work. They are experts in what they do so it benefits you to listen to their advice. However, some attorneys make the mistake of not listening to assistant feedback about efficiency and systems. Don’t make the same mistake. Treat your assistant like the expert they are and consider their advice.

Working with a virtual assistant can help even the smallest and solo law firm save time on administrative tasks. Subscribe to the Leopard Blog for discussions on law firm hiring, diversity, law firm insights, and other relevant topics.

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