How to Become a Virtual Legal Assistant

Is there a brand new career just waiting for you? What exactly is a Virtual Assistant or VA?  Simply put, a VA is someone who works remotely, online whether from their home or office. They are independent contractors or employees who work and use technology to deliver services. They provide administrative, technical, social media and creative services to clients. Virtual assistants specialize...

7 Steps to Overcoming Public Speaking Humiliation

  The other day, I wrote the big reveal about public speaking.  Essentially, I wrote that fear of public speaking is not about public speaking.  It’s a fear of being humiliated. I offered up 5 reasons why fear manifests itself.  As a speaker for the past 20 some odd years, I like to think that I've experienced it all. Maybe that's true. Until the next time,...

New Survey Shows Paralegal Salaries Going Down

  Not so good news out here in the paralegal world. The new 2010 Salary Guide from Robert Half Legal just published, shows that paralegal salaries are dipping. The salary guide is a review of actual starting salaries in 2009 and an extrapolation of these trends into 2010.  Salaries have dropped from between .02% and 3.7% nationwide.  Senior Paralegals (7+ years) are...

New 2009 Paralegal Survey Released from IPMA and Incisive Media

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Incisive Legal Intelligence, a leading source of business intelligence for the legal profession, in partnership with the International Paralegal Management Association (IPMA), today announced the release of the Annual Compensation Survey for Paralegals/Legal Assistants and Managers, 2009 Edition, tracking compensation, billing rates and billable hours for paralegals....

“20 Jobs with the fastest-growing salaries”

This new salary analysis comes from Business 2.0 & paralegals are on the list: "Business 2.0 Magazine identifies popular job categories in which wages are growing the fastest. ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT 1. HR coordinator ($40,200) 2. Paralegal ($39,500)" It's nice that paralegals made the list, but categorized as "admin support"? Not so much! And what do you think about that...

“Give Women A Fair Pay Day”

Think your salary is fair & equitable? Responses might just depend on your gender: "We’re coming up on Equal Pay Day again. That’s the day in April every year—this year the 24th—when women’s earnings finally catch up with what men made by December 31 of the previous year. Women’s groups, led by the National Committee on Pay Equity, will rally on Capitol Hill to call attention...

Salary Range: Paralegals

Just happened to run across the Ask Dr. Salary blog where I found paralegal salaries charted : "I was reading AboveTheLaw and noticed David's Request for Paralegal Salaries. To help him out, I've posted a few charts from PayScale's Research Center about Paralegal Salaries that he might find interesting to compare against. I used our new Embed tool (see links next to charts in the Research...

SURVEY: Starting Salaries for Lawyers & Other Legal Professionals Projected to Increase

Good news from this Robert Half Legal survey looking ahead to 2007! "Average starting salaries for legal professionals in the United States are projected to rise 4.7 percent in 2007, according to the just-released Robert Half Legal 2007 Salary Guide. Larger increases in base compensation are expected for attorneys with one to three years of experience at small to midsize law firms, first...