Types of Lawyers Who Can Work Remotely
With most of the world moving online for work and business, lawyers have steadily discovered that they could utilize the Internet to build their practice and earn the same income as they could make the traditional way. But not all legal professionals are suitable for remote work. This article offers insights on how certain types of lawyers and cases can be more effectively and efficiently handled remotely.
What Cases may be Taken on Remotely?
While there are cases that are still more suitable to be attended to in person, there are many areas of law and procedures that may be accomplished just as effectively online. Among these are:
- Legal procedures involving compliance with environmental laws, as required for both public and private sectors. An example is securing permits to operate a business that could potentially affect the health of the local population. Another example is documentary requirements for testing byproducts of manufacturing companies.
- Cases involving tax laws, such as advising clients on tax regulations and requirements.
- Intellectual property applications and cases involving trademarks and copyright infringements such as those in creative work or the entertainment sector.
- Legal issues related to the stock exchange as tackled by lawyers specializing in securities.
- Civil law cases such as those addressing job security and wage disputes, breaches of contracts, and defamation.
- Corporate cases dealing with business interests, including property management and investment, and customer complaints.
Who is Suitable for Remote Legal Work?
More so recently because of the pandemic, there are a lot of opportunities available for lawyers and other professionals working in the legal sector for remote work. If you are any of these types, you can explore how working from home is possible:
- Solo practitioners – unlike those working for big firms, these types can easily choose which cases to take on and manage their own time. They also have the option to lower their rates a bit for lower-income clients because they don’t have to pay rent for office space and equipment. They can also opt to work with an online legal matching platform.
- Legal writers and editors – whether accomplished by lawyers, paralegals or law students, there is a near inexhaustible demand for writing briefs, motions, case analyses, and legal publications. Websites offering legal sources also need articles for research and documentation.
- Freelance and part-time lawyers – these types can offer services that can be short-term and on a per-procedure basis. There is a large market especially for those who cannot afford legal services through a full-time retainer.
Other Benefits for Lawyers on Remote Work
Aside from saving on overhead costs, there are many other benefits for lawyers working from home. The most obvious of this is the ability to expand their reach. Geographic limits that used to affect firms are done away with. Finding clients online is even made easier by new software and online platforms.
However, with the choice to do legal work remotely, lawyers and legal professionals must make sure that they have everything needed for working from home. It is essential to maintain or exceed previous security measures to manage client-lawyer confidentiality using online technologies. Lawyers must also remember that doing remote work requires the same ethical and secure practices to ensure client trust and credibility.
Lastly, technological advancements that allow successful remote work must be used well to ensure the quality of work. Lawyers must keep up to date with innovations in managing work-from-home arrangements. We at LegalMatch will be able to help in that regard as we work hard to provide better solutions for better legal practice.
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Last Updated: July 26, 2022