The 10-Hour Workweek

Please be advised that there are no more 10-hour blocks available at this time. Flat rate project work may still be an option. Please contact: ijdparalegal@gmail.com to discuss your projects. 

Lately, I have been speaking to a few attorneys about the 10-hour workweek and how I believe that it is truly the answer for many of them. I realize that it is a (sort-of) radical idea for many people, so I wanted to share a sample itinerary of what I can accomplish for you in just ten hours a week. Sure, you can hire a part-time employee to sit in your office for twenty hours a week. There are two major flaws that I see with that decision. The first one being that you probably don’t actually have twenty hours of real paralegal work that needs to be done. What winds up happening is that the employee paralegal sits for four hours a day in your office, and the work expands to fill the time allotted for it.

The employee isn’t keeping “billings,” and there is no real accounting for the work that is being done. Maybe the paralegal spends an entire day working on discovery responses and you don’t really think too much about it because you are happy that your deadline was met. However, it is an entirely different world as far as productivity goes when someone is accountable to you for their time. If you were using a virtual paralegal (or freelance paralegal or contract paralegal), I am guessing that the four hours spent on that one day responding to discovery would actually break down to 2.90 spent on responding to discovery, and 1.10 spent on reviewing medical records and updating a chronology. See the difference?

The other major flaw with choosing a part-time employee over a virtual paralegal is that the part-time employee relationship tends to be a temporary solution. When we choose to enter into a contract together, we are both investing in a long-term working relationship. You are choosing a professional who is interested in helping your clients and your business for many years to come.

Now, let’s take a look at what ten hours of work might look like for you:

Description, Time and Cost of the 10-Hour Workweek:

  • Prepare four medical records requests and two fact records requests; Draft pending records request spreadsheet. 0.80 = $40.00
  • Receipt and review of accident report; Begin player’s list and follow-up as needed to ensure receipt of additional videos and photos if not initially produced. 0.50 = $25.00
  • Organize records from Piedmont Hospital in chronological order; Begin medical billing summary and medical chronology. 2.60 = $130.00
  • Draft Complaint, Initial Case Form, Summonses, Sheriff’s Entries of Service and Correspondence to the Clerk. 1.10 = $55.00
  • Work with your client on discovery responses and prepare electronic bates-labeled docs to be produced with index. 2.90 = $145.00
  • Analyze discovery responses from opposing counsel and prepare 6.4 discovery dispute letter. 1.50 = $75.00
  • Prepare Notice of Deposition; Correspondence to Opposing Counsel; Certificate of Serving Discovery and Correspondence to Clerk. 0.60 = $30.00.

Hopefully, this breakdown of work will have you nodding your head along with me while exclaiming:  “Yes! I need this in my life!”

Please understand that I am prohibited by law from working with the general public on any legal matters. I only provide paralegal support to attorneys in good standing with their state bar. Queries from anyone other than an attorney to engage in legal work will not be returned.  

 

 

 

 

 

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