I’m excited for this Ask the Expert Tuesday. Imagine having a network of freelance lawyers at your fingertips when a big deadline is looming.
If you’re a member of the Freelance Firm, you have no worries. Stephen Duane, the founder of the Freelance Firm, came from a sales background but always had a love for the law. Steve attended law school but dreamed of doing something different.
Meet Stephen Duane of the Freelance Firm
Can you please tell me a little about your background and the services you offer?
We provide freelance legal services and litigation support to law firms to make them more efficient, more productive and more profitable.
Why did you decide to offer your services?
I felt that there was an opportunity to provide support for attorneys and law firms that could elevate their practice, gain a competitive advantage in a very crowded field, and also to structure their work in a way that will lead to more satisfaction.
How can lawyers benefit from your tool or service?
Lawyers can utilize our services in ways that will benefit them most. From growing their practice, increasing revenues, streamlining their practice, managing their caseload with no additional staff, outsourcing work that they can’t or don’t want to do, creating more time for them to spend with family, meeting with clients, taking a vacation, etc.
Name 3 things that potential users misunderstand about your service and set the record straight.
1. That we are a law firm – we are not, our freelance attorneys are independent contractors operating individually. 2. That we only have younger, newer attorneys in the network to keep costs down – false, we have attorneys ranging in experience from 5 years to 20+ years. 3. That these services are one-size-fits-all – our services and pricing packages can be customized to address different needs for different firms, including custom flat-fee packages for high volume workloads.
If lawyers fail to adopt your service or tool, what can they expect?
They can expect to work more hours, generate less revenue, carry unnecessary overhead costs, and higher stress levels.
What’s the best actionable advice you can give lawyers? (tips, etc)
Create a process for everything and do your best to automate it. Time management is a lawyer’s greatest asset or worst enemy. Using tools at your disposal to effectively and efficiently manage your time as well as your employees’ is vital to a successful practice, especially in a fast-paced, hyper-competitive field like the law.
Do you have a special offer you’d like to share? If so what is it?
One free hour of freelance legal services for every 10 hours of work submitted for any calendar month of 2018. In addition, I would be happy to schedule phone calls with any attorney that would like to assess their firm’s operations to identify what areas of their own practice would benefit most from freelance legal support.
How can lawyers connect with you?
Facebook: @TheFreelanceFirm Twitter: @Freelance_Firm And of course, my connect on LinkedIn where I have a personal page (Stephen Duane) and a company page for The Freelance Firm.
What’s your favorite food or beverage & why?
Food: Lobster – born and raised in New England My kinda guy!!
Save your time or grow a new practice area by working with the Freelance Firm