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Stephen Duane - The Freelance Firm

Stephen J. Duane, Esq.

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As a practicing attorney with prior experience in marketing and business operations, I’ve been able to learn first-hand the difference between building a business and building a law firm.  Law firms are unique in that the law, itself, is a demanding profession – but when it’s your firm, you take on the added challenges that come with being a business owner.

After passing the Florida Bar exam, I joined a boutique civil litigation firm where I worked under the guidance of an accomplished attorney with decades of experience running a successful practice.  Having this type of access so early in my career gave me insight into the challenges law firms face on a daily basis – and the importance of finding a balance between focusing on the practice of law…and focusing on your practice.

I saw a need among solo and boutique firms for support that facilitates growth and gives attorneys the opportunity to focus on building a law firm positioned for long-term success.  This need led me to create The Freelance Firm, as a way for firms to get this kind of support without taking on more employees, or more overhead.  Our company is dedicated to helping each lawyer build a practice that works for them – because we’re lawyers too, and we know what it takes.

Are you ready to take your firm to the next level?

DESIGNED TO GIVE YOU MORE

Our custom freelance solutions are designed to have the biggest impact on your law firm.

We’ll manage your time-consuming tasks so you can focus on high-value work and business development.

More Time

MORE TIME

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MORE TIME

Outsourcing to our freelance attorneys means more time for billing files, networking, marketing, high-priority work, and even more time to relax.  Use our freelance support to serve the individual needs of your practice so you can manage your valuable time more efficiently and focus squarely on the matters that need it most.
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More Efficiency

MORE EFFICIENCY

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MORE EFFICIENCY

In business, there will be busy months and lean months, that’s just how it goes. Our freelance services allow you to meet your demands while avoiding the heavy costs associated with full-time associates and support staff. Freelance is the better option for your business, no salaries, taxes, vacation days or training.
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More Money

MORE MONEY

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MORE MONEY

Use our freelance support proactively as a tool for increasing your law firm's revenue. Scale productivity to get more work done in less time, enabling you to take on more clients without taking on more employees - keeping overhead costs low. By increasing revenue and minimizing overhead, you build a more profitable practice.
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More Growth

MORE GROWTH

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MORE GROWTH

With our services you’re able to handle a heavier workload while keeping your expenses in check. Now you can delegate the time-consuming tasks like researching, drafting letters, document review, etc. Hire our freelancers to complete these assignments at a lower rate while you build your clientele and concentrate on high-value services.
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More Flexibility

MORE FLEXIBILITY

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A big advantage to our freelance support is flexibility. You can outsource work on an hourly basis, for a flat-fee or a monthly membership plan. Inevitably, your needs will change over time and when they do, you can modify our services to ensure that you're only paying for the support you need at the time you need it.
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More Satisfaction

MORE SATISFACTION

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MORE SATISFACTION

Running a law firm can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. By utilizing the full scope of our freelance services, you can delegate tasks that cause you stress, tackle your priorities efficiently and spend more time doing the work you enjoy most. When you spend your day doing things you enjoy, it stops feeling like work. We’re here to help!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Got questions about using freelance attorneys?  

Read answers to our most commonly asked questions, below.

We are a network of specialized freelance attorneys that provide on-demand legal support to solo practitioners and boutique law firms. Our services are designed to make your law firm more efficient, more productive and more profitable. But we go a step further because we implement support that’s tailored to your individual goals. Whether you want to increase revenue without hiring staff, decrease overhead to operate more efficiently, catch up on a backlog of work, or simply to improve your work-life balance, we’ll focus on the areas that will help you achieve those goals and create your ideal practice.

To get started, create your free account by following this link. Once you’ve registered, you will gain access to our Client Portal, where you can submit tasks, track pending tasks, upload documents, chat with out team, and more. If you have questions regarding specific tasks you want to send us, head over to our contact page and drop us a line.

Rates can vary based on the nature of the task, area of law, skill level required, geographic location, etc. If you would like to receive a quote or consult with our team to establish pricing for your practice, please contact us here.

Absolutely. Using our convenient Client Portal, you can chat directly with any freelance attorneys working on your tasks. In addition to contacting us by phone or email, you can also use the Client Portal to submit general inquiries to our team.

Regarding the use of freelance attorneys, you should consult all rules, ethical opinions, guidelines, etc. of the applicable Bar Association and jurisdiction where you practice. With that said, you are generally required to disclose the nature of our services if your client would likely consider it to be material. You can also consider adding language to your retainer agreement disclosing the fact that you may utilize freelance attorneys to provide support on certain tasks.

Of course! When submitting a task, you will need to provide information about all parties involved in the matter. Once we receive the submitted task, our freelance attorney will conduct a conflict check before getting underway. You have the option to request written confirmation of the conflict check through the Client Portal. You, as a hiring attorney, will still need to ensure that no conflict exists with any other party to a particular matter.

All of our freelance attorneys are actively licensed, meaning that each are bound by the applicable rules, ethical opinions, guidelines, etc., for each jurisdiction in which they are licensed (in addition to the contractual requirements they must abide by to provide services under The Freelance Firm). Therefore, any time you engage a freelance attorney for support, they are ethically and contractually obligated as licensed attorneys to maintain all confidential and/or privileged information you provide. We strongly encourage all hiring attorneys to provide only the information that is necessary for a freelancer to complete a task.

Yes you can. Our Client Portal allows you to upload supporting documents so you can provide your freelance attorney with everything they need to get your task done. This will also allow you to upload any forms or templates for your freelance attorney to use, which will help reduce turnaround time as well as the total cost. See? We’re trying to save you money!

We know that our freelance attorneys are our greatest asset, which is why we take extensive steps to vet our freelance candidates. Aside from resumes, we conduct telephone/in-person interviews, we contact references, review writing samples, as well as taking other measures to determine whether or not a candidate meets our strict standards. We are also happy to provide resumes and writing samples of our freelance attorneys upon request.

Outsourcing work to our freelance attorneys will provide numerous benefits to both you and your practice. Our freelance support can help you increase revenues (and profits); decrease overhead expenses; operate your practice more efficiently; scale productivity by using multiple freelance attorneys; create extra time to spend on business development; improve work-life balance; and others. Contact us to learn how our custom freelance solutions can help your practice take advantage of these and other benefits.

As a hiring attorney, almost all jurisdictions permit* the adding of a surcharge to our rates when billing your client for that particular work. By adding a surcharge, you’re able to retain a profit margin on the work you outsource to us. Not only that, but when you outsource, it means you’ll have more time to increase your own billable hours, the combination of which can significantly increase your effective billable hour rate. Our freelance support can also help you decrease overhead expenses and scale productivity, without more staff. When revenue goes up and expenses go down, you become more profitable. *It is important to note that there may be certain restrictions and/or limitations on adding a surcharge depending on the jurisdiction where you practice, therefore, we strongly encourage you to consult the rules, regulations and ethical guidelines governing your jurisdiction first.

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