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Top Staffing Tips for Lawyers

You can't do it all yourself. If you're running a small or solo firm, you're going to have to bring in some help sooner or later. But, even if you're a wiz at the law, you might struggle with staffing and management.

To help you out, here are our top tips on finding and retaining the best talent, from the FindLaw archives.

1. How Much Does Hiring Legal Support Staff Cost?

You've realized you could use some support staff. But can you afford to bring someone on? First, you'll need to consider salary, which can vary given staff experience, the size of your firm, and your location. But salary isn't everything. There are also taxes, health insurance, and other associated expenses that you'll want to take into account.

2. 3 Ways to Save Money by Investing in Your Paralegal

Your paralegal or legal secretary can be an invaluable asset to your practice, so make the most of him or her. With a little training and investment, a good paralegal can become a great one, helping keep your office running smoothly, finding ways to cut costs, and even improving your marketing.

3. 5 Tips for Working With a Virtual Paralegal

If you're not ready for a full-time, on-site paralegal, a virtual paralegal might be the right choice. No, we're not talking about a hologram here, but a freelance legal assistant who provides support services by telecommuting, helping you cut down costs and save on overhead. Here's how to work successfully with one.

4. Does Your Firm Need a Marketing Manager?

Is your true passion advertising, not lawyering? If so, you should definitely handle your marketing yourself. The rest of us, though, could use a little help. Most simply hire marketing firms and consultants, but some chose to bring a full-time marketing manager in house. Could it work for you?

5. 5 Terrible Office Policies That Make Your Staff Hate You

Remember, it costs money to recruit good staff, so once you have someone you like, you'll want to keep them around. So, if you care about retention, you'll avoid these office policies that staff hate.

6. How to Legally Fire Staff and Protect Client Confidentiality

Of course, not every hire works out. But when you let someone go, you want to make sure they don't walk out with confidential information in hand. Here's how to give someone the axe while protecting your client confidentiality.

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