Freelance Forms on Practicelaw...

This spring, resolve to make more efficient use of your time: Download freelance attorney forms from practicelaw. Spring is a time of transition and change. We make plans to get outdoors, get away, play (or watch, or coach) sports, and spend time with family. It’s also a great time to tweak your practice and make it more efficient, especially if you experience a summer slowdown, so that you can spend more time on the things you love. One option to try? Prepare for your next workload crunch by assembling forms that will help you be ready to outsource projects when the time is right. The Minnesota Freelance Attorney Network has created several documents to get you ready, now available online at the MSBA’s website. Many of us are familiar with bookkeepers, administrative staff and paralegals who operate on a freelance basis, but you may be surprised to learn how many Minnesota attorneys work as independent freelancers. We’re part of the move toward alternative models of practice. Freelancers work on projects for other lawyers; we’re like associates, but for the short term. We’re local, entrepreneurial, and usually experienced. We’re admitted to the same bar and are members of the same professional groups and organizations. Some of us (like me) have our own sole practices; others choose to focus exclusively on working for other lawyers. All of us aim to help you meet deadlines, serve your clients, and get your work done. If you’ve never worked with a freelance attorney before, MFAN is here to help. Our website offers some guidance on getting started, and the forms on practicelaw.org will give you more detail on three important aspects of working with a freelance lawyer: identifying projects, telling your client, and making sure you have a clear working agreement. The first step is identifying projects. The checklist, Working With a Freelance Attorney, is part of materials MFAN presented at the August 2015 Strategic Solutions for Solo & Small Firms Conference in Duluth, Minnesota. The checklist is a practice-assessment tool, intended to help you identify where your time is best spent and think about legal projects that can be outsourced. Freelance attorneys are able to perform a wide variety of litigation and transactional tasks, as well as provide marketing support (such as drafting CLE materials). The second step is letting your clients know that you may work with freelance lawyers in appropriate circumstances. The newly amended comment 6 to Minnesota Rule of Professional...

The MFAN e-newsletter – now available quarterly in your inbox!...

To celebrate our third year supporting and raising awareness of independent freelance attorneys, the Minnesota Freelance Attorney Network has begun a quarterly e-newsletter.  Our goals remain the same:  to let you know who we are and what we do,  to explain how we fit into the “new normal” for legal services, and to make it easy for those who would like to join us or work with us to learn what they need to know to take the next step. We’ll deliver the same great content you’ve come to love in our blog, plus an expanded range of articles on substantive legal developments and practice management tips from the growing community of Minnesota’s independent freelance attorneys.  In your inbox, four times a year.  It doesn’t get more convenient than this, folks. Want to know more?  Visit our website and sign up for our email list – first issue coming to your inbox in January 2016.  Make this the year you resolve to find more time for yourself in your practice by connecting with fellow professionals who can help you with your workload. May your 2016 be busy and prosperous.  Thank you for your support and happy new year! Karin has been a litigator at Debevoise & Plimpton; a law clerk to three Minnesota federal judges; a legal writing teacher at NYU Law, William Mitchell College of Law, and the University of Minnesota Law School; and a sole practitioner and freelancer in Minnesota… MFAN Bio | Email | Web | LinkedIn | Google Plus | MFAN...

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