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Delegation: A Competitive Advantage for Attorneys
March 14, 2022

Updated: Apr 17, 2024

Whether tackling daily operations or planning long-term strategy, law practices face endless obstacles on their path to success.  So how can you get a competitive advantage?  One word…delegation.  Delegate is defined by the dictionary as, “to entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior than oneself.”  You may not think you can but the real question is, how can you not?

  • How much time do you spend on tasks outside your area of expertise?  You know the ones you “know enough to be dangerous”.
  • How much time has it cost you?

If your answer to the above was anything like, “too much, a lot, I can’t even count”, then this article is a must-read for you.  Here are a few ways a legal virtual assistant can give you a competitive advantage.

Competitive Advantage: Saving money

As you probably know, the cost of employing someone reaches beyond the salary you pay them. By removing these costs and using a legal virtual assistant you will be able to free up capital for your practice that can be used to generate revenue in other aspects of your practice. These costs include social security, Medicare taxes, state and federal unemployment taxes, workers’ compensation insurance, medical and dental insurance, retirement benefits, and even vacation time.  Not to mention, no office space is required!  Your legal virtual assistant is just that, virtual.  No need to rent the office and pay for all the expenses that come along with it.

Competitive Advantage: Extra time

As an attorney, when was the last time you had nothing to do?  Exactly…there is always something to be done.  Hiring a virtual legal assistant and handing off the day-to-day operational tasks and projects that just aren’t your expertise to someone whose it is will allow you to focus on what you do best, and the success of your company.

Advantage: Skill Building

With the increase in demand for virtual legal assistants, the areas of expertise available are expanding.  One of the biggest advantages of hiring a virtual legal assistant?  You get to choose the services that you want.  Just a few of the different areas: scheduling, email management, bookkeeping, customer service and CRM Management, legal admin, social media, and project management.  The flexibility is yours, and as you build a relationship with your virtual legal assistant(s), the list of tasks to delegate will continue to grow.

Advantage: No commitment

As an attorney, getting locked into a contract or taking on the sometimes cumbersome Human Resource rules is of great concern.  However, with the flexibility that most virtual legal assistants offer, you have the freedom to try out their services to see if they will be a good match for you and your practice.  Start out having the VA try a couple of the ongoing tasks needed and see how they do and does their work ethic and personality match up with yours?

Your advantage starts when you hire a legal assistant to help you!


Are you ready to ease your legal workload and regain control? Schedule a call now to discuss our tailored legal virtual assistant services designed to alleviate the burdens of your business allowing you to focus on what you do best – practicing law! 

6 Email Management Strategies: Inbox Efficiency by Laura Licursi

Does the thought of opening your email each day and seeing your 14,000 messages make you cringe? Do you find yourself falling down the never-ending inbox rabbit hole? Boy, has this scenario changed. Our excitement years ago when you’d hear those 3 awesome words, “You’ve Got Mail” has turned to despair - from the influx of email messages we receive on a regular basis. But, I’m here to share with you 6 email management strategies for managing and organizing your inbox from the pros here at Elite Virtual Assistants that will help you get started on a cleaner, fresher path to managing those emails today!

Are your eyes lighting up at the thought of having a zero or near-zero inbox to wake up to each morning? It really is a possibility to have an organized and streamlined process once you set everything up. Below are 6 email management strategies you can use starting today:

  • Set up folders. Decide what system works best for you and create new folders so you can easily decide what you need to address and when. Some examples are:
    • Hot Folder. These are tasks that need to be handled by you ASAP.
    • For Review Folder. These could be publications or emails that you like to keep on your radar and review at your leisure.
    • Project Folders. These would be emails attached to a specific project or client, helping keep everything together and easy to find.
  • Create filters. You can easily set up filters in your settings to specify which folders the new incoming emails should be routed to automatically.
  • Create templates. If you find yourself sending the same emails out on a regular basis, set these templates up ahead of time on your email platform so you can easily pull them up when needed and edit any information necessary.
  • Schedule Send. If you’re someone (like me) who tends to think of things after hours or on weekends and don’t want to bug your team during these off-peak times, you can “schedule” your email to go out at a more appropriate time.

Now that you have your inbox set up and organized, let’s set some boundaries around how often you check your email. In addition to an unorganized email system, not having designated times to check your email leads you down another rabbit hole of constant interruptions. Here are a couple of tips that have really helped me over the years:

  • Schedule 2 or a maximum of 3 times each day to check your email, and don’t derail from this. Some people check in the morning, and again at 4 pm (you can throw in Noon if you really need to check it more frequently). Set this time aside on your calendar to check and respond to your emails and then SHUT IT DOWN! Checking email at random times throughout the day takes you away from work that you REALLY need to be doing.
  • Use DND (Do Not Disturb). This is an add-on feature where you can schedule your new emails coming in to be “snoozed” during certain times of the day (between check-in times) and deliver any new messages that come in at designated times.

Organizing how, where, and when your emails come in, along with how often you check them, will save you hours of reading, filtering, and responding, which for many of us can be a full-time job in itself.

If you need someone to get these processes set up for you, the pros at Elite Virtual Assistants can help! Our talented team is standing by to help you be more organized and productive so you can focus on what really matters. 


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