Halo

Specializing in Virtual Legal Assistance

New Site is Done! August 21, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurie @ 12:33 pm

Come on over and check out my new site and blog!! All my old posts from this blog have been copied over to the new blog and I will be posting hopefully three or four times a week over there so please come on over – I look forward to your comments!!

I’m thankful to Brianna of Mad Hatter Design Company for her invaluable work setting up the new site/blog for me – I love them! Give Brianna a shout if you need some work done – she’s great to work with and reasonably priced!

Laurie

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Moving Soon! July 12, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurie @ 7:28 pm

I’m having my blog set up on my own host and it should be ready early next week.  In the meantime if anyone wants to contact me please use halosecretarial @ gmail dot com!  Thanks!

 

Virtual Assistants – Can We Agree on a Definition? July 8, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurie @ 5:52 pm
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I just read Tina Marie Hilton’s post over on Home Office Virtual Assistance regarding trying to come to agreement about what a Virtual Assistant really is.

My preferred definition is this one, but really they all do a reasonable job of defining what a va is, I think. And I’m pretty much in the “Factor B” group as defined by Tina – I think a professional va should have some real world admin experience and behave as a business owner, not an employee.

I don’t think the entire industry will ever wholeheartedly agree though, and even if they do their will always be people providing similar services for lower rates (just maybe not on a truly professional level).

 

Do They Teach This in Law School? July 6, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurie @ 10:39 am
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I’m sure many of these skills – collaboration skills, emotional intelligence, financial literacy, project management, technological affinity and time management – aren’t required courses in typical law school curriculum, but I totally agree with Jordan Furlong’s post on Law 21 detailing the 6 skills lawyers should have today.

I personally think the most interesting skill noted is the need for emotional intelligence. Winning clients in the modern time is DEFINITELY going to require an ability to truly empathize with and respect clients’ positions. As a businesswoman I always prefer my service providers to understand where I’m coming from.

As for time management I’ll just repeat my favorite advice to delegate, delegate, delegate!!! (Hint, hint – consider a virtual legal assistant – we love to help!!!)

 

The Future of Solo Law Practice? July 2, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurie @ 10:28 am
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I was surfing LinkedIn this morning, as I’d like to start making better use of its networking possibilities. I was searching Canadian members of the Legal Blogging group and found the blog of Donna Seale, a lawyer who niches in the human righs area. Donna shared this fascinating article from Susan Goldberg for National Magazine, an article which Donna was interviewed for. I love how the article addresses the benefits of blogging as a marketing tool for solo law practices.

The article, which is about the changing face of solo law practices in Canada, also features some wonderful comments from Susan Cartier Liebel of Build a Solo Practice, LLC fame about how niche marketing could be the savior of solo law practices.

I highly recommend checking out this article, and the blogs of Donna and Susan!

 

Canada 9-5 Blog Carnival June 28, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurie @ 9:29 pm
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It’s almost Canada Day so why not check out this edition of the Canada 9-5 Blog Carnival from Alphablogs – my post on Law Practice and Life Balance is mentioned!!

One of the posts I particularly enjoyed was Sarah Welstead’s post called For the Price of a Cup of Coffee.

Hope you enjoy the carnival!!!

 

VA Certification – Yes or No? June 25, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurie @ 8:11 am
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A resounding NO to this question from me! I’m of the opinion that experience in an administrative setting is the key to being successful as a VA, or at least one of the keys. Administrative experience will help you with your client’s work, but you will need some entrepreneurial skills also to help you run your business and you need to have some tech skills for the online and marketing aspects. A professional virtual assistant designation though? Not a requirement to me – maybe not a bad idea, but not a requirement.

Probably that makes this obvious but I have no official va certification, nor do I plan to obtain one in the immediate future. I do have an honors college diploma in paralegal studies and over 10 years of in-office experience so I think I’ve got the background aspect well under control.