Innovative Company Provides Attorneys with an Option to Traditional Staffing

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LegalTypist, Inc., a secretarial outsourcing and off site digital transcription service devoted to helping attorneys handle their document production needs is opening the door to virtual assistance in the legal profession. Using the internet, fax, e-mail, telephone and computer file transfer technology, attorneys can now outsource their word processing and other administrative duties to a professional service at a fraction of what it would cost to locate, hire, train and maintain comparably qualified in-house staff.

By combining her extensive knowledge of the legal profession, years of business experience and modern technology, Andrea Cannavina, founder and CEO of LegalTypist, Inc. is one of a growing number of Virtual Assistants (“VA”) who is leveraging the internet to open the market for her own service-oriented business.

VAs are the ideal staffing solution for many sole practitioners who require assistance but do not want the hassles or responsibilities of being an employer or do not generate enough work to keep a full time secretary busy. Many small to mid-sized firms could benefit from outsourcing the time consuming task of initial drafts transcription, so as to allow their in-house staff to concentrate on the more important tasks of finalization, copying, filing and service of documents. Firms can easily and cost-effectively increase the productivity of their existing employees as outsourcing is the equivalent of having an in-house word processing department without the need for space or the investment of capital for equipment. Finally, outsourcing is an efficient and cost effective manner to handle the vacation crunch felt by many firms during the summer months.

"Establishing a relationship with a VA before you have a need is always the best approach," states Ms. Cannavina. "That way, you have someone to turn to when there is an impending deadline or unexpected absence, she added.

Digital dictation is just one way to work with a VA or outsourcing service provider as most accept work via fax, e-mail, courier and even snail mail.

Additional Resources:

Digital dictation software: Quickscribe, (; NCH (;

Portable Recorders: Olympus,; Start Stop (

Virtual Assistance: International Virtual Assistant’s Association (

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