The LAWCLERK marketplace remains the perfect solution to get project-based work done, like appellate briefs, motions, research memos, and contracts. But, many of you have told us that you want more. We built the subscription program for those attorneys that are looking for an eighth, a quarter, or half of a virtual associate. And for those attorneys who want to integrate our Virtual Associates more deeply into their firms and to assign Virtual Associates to the life of a case. As well as for those attorneys that want to use the deep subject matter expertise of our Virtual Associates to expand into new practice areas or take on bigger cases.
If you’ve already been using the talented freelance lawyers at LAWCLERK to power and grow your firm, then you are going to love our Virtual Associate Subscription Program. We have built it to be incredibly user friendly and flexible.
The first step is to log into your LAWCLERK account and click on the new Subscriptions tab to post your request for a new subscription based Virtual Associate.
Your Dedicated LAWCLERK Advisor is available to help you identify the ideal skillset and experience level you need from a Virtual Associate. Once the subscription application is posted, you can review the applicants and even set up interviews to find the talent you need from our pool of thousands of highly skilled lawyers.
Working with the same Virtual Associate month after month will help you more fully integrate them into your firm, while avoiding the high overhead and headache of a traditional associate hire. Your Virtual Associate can help you get more work done, record more billable hours, and grow your firm.
We are committed to helping you do what you do best – practice law! With the help of your Virtual Associates, not only can you get more work off your To-Do list, but you will thrill your clients and bring down your overhead. Plus, just like project work done on the marketplace, your Virtual Associate is an independent contractor. We’ll handle all the administrative work and tax reporting by issuing a 1099 to your Virtual Associate at year end.
The cost of your monthly subscription will depend on the talent level you need. We offer three unique levels:
Not only do you set the rate, but you establish the number of hours you need from your Virtual Associate - from 20 to 160 hours per month. But we also know that work ebbs and flows and so we provide you the flexibility to exceed the set number of hours in any month.
Now, it’s important to keep in mind that while you may initially view this as a cost – it’s not! Working with a Virtual Associate is a profit center. Yes – you read that right, profit center! The ethical rules and opinions overwhelmingly provide that an attorney may bill the time of a freelance lawyer to their clients at a reasonable market rate. This means that if you work with a Virtual Associate for 40 hours a month, you can bill those 40 hours to your clients at a reasonable market rate to generate additional revenue and profit into your firm – just like you would with an associate you employ full-time.
And we make billing easy! The Virtual Associate keeps contemporaneous time records within LAWCLERK. Not only do you always have access to those time records, but we will email you their time records once a week to make billing to your clients a breeze.
Plus, there is no long-term commitment as the subscription is cancellable upon at least two weeks' notice.
Yes! When you start a subscription program, you and your Virtual Associate will have a new dashboard within which to share documents, to communicate, and to video chat. And, you will have the option to create new matters within the dashboard, making it even easier to manage documents and communications regarding a particular client or case.
And, your Virtual Associate can keep their time within a particular matter, which will roll-up into the master time entries, making billing your Virtual Associate’s time to your clients even easier.
“I started using LAWCLERK a little over a year ago for project-based work. More recently I needed several lawyers to assist on a mass tort case, over a period of several months. The lawyers had to gather and evaluate information for plaintiff fact sheets and coordinate documents in support of each of the plaintiffs’ claims. LAWCLERK stepped up in a huge way, vetted a team of lawyers to work with us, and it has been a seamless process. I cannot recommend the Virtual Associate Subscription Program highly enough.”