Why Hire A Contract Attorney?

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Today’s post comes from legal researcher, legal writer and attorney-at-law, Rebecca Phalen.

Why hiring a contract attorney brings value:

Attorneys hire contract attorneys for various reasons. Maybe the attorney doesn’t have ready access to the legal research materials needed, maybe the case calls for more hands on deck in one particular month. Whatever the reason, the contract attorney you hire should bring value to you and your client.

What is that value?

  • Stress relief. You delegate a project and get more time.
  • Fresh ideas. The contract attorney will listen to what you need. A good one will also raise relevant issues and advise you if you are going down the wrong path. You now have access to an attorney who can discuss any aspect of the case with you.
  • Workload expansion without payroll expansion. You can delegate small or large projects. You do not have to commit to providing a set number of hours.
  • Research resources. You can find contract attorneys that pay for their own research subscription. So if you don’t subscribe to Westlaw or Lexis, you can hire an attorney that does.
  • Experience, without the training time. You are not limited to new lawyers when looking for a contract attorney. There are attorneys with years of experience who have chosen to work only as contract attorneys.
  • Better client service. You can focus on what you like to do or what is most critical for your client, while the contract attorney completes the tasks that are still necessary for your client.

Rebecca is a terrific blogger and you should definitely check out her blog.


  • http://twitter.com/CJMcKinney Chris McKinney

    I agree with this article as far as it goes but I fear it is mis-titled.  This article was really about “WHY” to hire a contract attorney.  I actually would be very interested in an article that really was about “HOW” to hire a contract attorney.  Where to find a good one?  How to check them out?  What are the ethical considerations involved?  Issues with contract attorneys who work from other jurisdictions?  etc.  Thanks

    • http://www.Planet10Tech.com TomaszStasiuk

      Hi Chris,

      Fair enough. I have changed the title. There are a number of other posts on this topic in the outsourcing category: http://planet10tech.com/category/outsourcing/You may be interested in the following: How to find a great contract attorney: http://planet10tech.com/2010/10/how-to-find-a-great-contract-attorney/- and – 8 questions about hiring a contract lawyer: http://planet10tech.com/2010/11/8-questions-about-hiring-a-contract-lawyer/ 

      All my best!

    • http://www.Planet10Tech.com TomaszStasiuk

      “astronaut”?

  • http://twitter.com/CJMcKinney Chris McKinney

    Great! Thanks for the additional links.