Legal Outsourcing Services
(also known as Freelance Paralegal Services)
I offer as-needed legal support to businesses and other legal professionals. As a Licensed Paralegal and Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, my diverse expertise may be just what your business needs!
This can include but is not limited to:
Supporting all aspects of an immigration application:
- Managing client intake
- Managing client questions and communications
- Conducting legal research
- Filling out forms
- Document organization
- Updating templates and questionnaires
- Drafting submission letters
- Filling out the offer of employment on an employer portal
- Filling out express entry profiles
- Setting up applications within your representative portal
- Preparing for and attending IRB hearings
Helping your business or law firm by providing:
- Legal research
- Legal content writing for social media and blogs
- Writing website content such as service descriptions, legislation updates, and bios
- Drafting memorandums, templates, and training modules
- Legal project management (i.e. trademark registration, due diligence, BOD meeting preparation)
- Minute Book reviews and maintenance
- Managing shareholder matters (i.e. questions, shareholder newsletters, shareholder meetings)
- Recruitment and training for your legal department
- Proofreading and editing
- Tribunal and court litigation support
Don’t see what you are looking for? Looking for legal support for your business, but you’re not a lawyer or paralegal? Reach out to me anyway! I am open to a variety of different projects.
Professional Service Fees
My rates depend on the project and the amount of time it will take to complete. I try to stay flexible and work within my client’s budget. Rates will be agreed upon in writing before I start working – no surprises!
I can work with you through various fee structures: hourly rate, daily rate and/or a flat rate.
Since I work as an independent contractor (not as an employee) cost savings are transferred to you. Invoicing, payment schedules and payment terms are flexible to best meet your business needs. This means for you:
- no set up costs
- no 3-month full time probationary period
- zero payments towards EI or CPP
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What does a Freelance Paralegal do?
As a Freelance Paralegal, I work as an independent contractor to support my clients who are business owners or other legal professionals (i.e., lawyers, immigration consultants, paralegals) with their caseload. I am not an employee of my clients, nor am I an employee of a bigger organization. I work with my clients virtually and support them on an as-needed basis.
2. What do you mean when you say you are a “Licensed Paralegal”?
Since 2007, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has licensed and regulated the paralegal profession. In order to become licensed, an individual needs to (in the following order): graduate from an accredited Paralegal Education program; write and pass a one day, seven-hour exam; submit to the LSO an application to obtain a “P1” License, and once approved, the individual must pay their annual membership fees (very briefly speaking, that is). Once licensed, maintenance includes paying annual fees, completing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours and submitting an Annual Report to the LSO each year. For more information on paralegal licensing, visit the Paralegal Licensing webpage on the Law Society of Ontario’s website.
3. Are you insured?
Yes! Since I am a licensed paralegal providing legal services, the LSO makes holding valid Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance a requirement. I am insured through PROLINK Insurance Inc. and can provide proof of insurance upon request.
4. Do I have to pay a retainer or deposit?
No. When providing this type of service, the only time you pay is at the end of the process, once the work has been completed.
5. What is the process of working with you, start to finish?
· Reach out and let me know what you need;
· If it looks like I would be a good fit for the projects or tasks you have in mind, I will send you my Independent Contractor Services Agreement (or you can send me your drafted contract if that is easier for you);
· Once the agreement is signed by both parties, I get to work; and lastly
· Once the project is complete, I will send you the final invoice.
[It’s just that simple and can be completely carried out in one day if needed, start to finish.]
6. What clauses are included in your contract?
The Independent Contractor Services Agreement is a three-page document that covers confidentiality, assignment of intellectual property rights, timeline (either a fixed deadline or on-going), the Scope of Work (SOW) and agreed upon rates.
7. Do I, as the hiring lawyer/paralegal/immigration consultant, remain on record as the legal representative?
Yes. Your clients and their files remain with you. I (simply put) support you with your caseload.
8. How do I get started?
Head over to my contact page and send me a message!