Understanding the Mechanism of Action of Legal Companies

December 22nd, 2020 by admin Leave a reply »

No matter if you plan to use the services of a legal company in the future or you think about running one, it is important to understand the basics and the mechanism of action of a law firm.

Only this way you can make your company thrive over the years, keeping in mind that the competition is intense in the legal field. Here is a brief overview of the most notable aspects of running a legal firm:

Law Firms Come in Different Sizes and Fields of Specialization

Just like any other business, a legal company can be small, medium-sized or big, depending on the total number of employees and the fields of specialization. It often happens that the small firms have one or two practitioners (many sole practitioners start a company on their own after passing the bar exam), while the larger ones can have several thousands of lawyers.

Small firms (sole practitioners) are the most common, and one of the benefits of opting for such a practitioner is that you will benefit from all the attention and the one-on-one counseling you need. At the same time, a sole practitioner also has lower fees and costs, and they usually specialize in smaller, less complicated cases.

On the other hand, slightly bigger firms can have up to 10 employees and they have more expertise in certain specialties, they are more experienced and they can also handle a wide array of legal matters. It often happens that these medium-sized firms take the complex cases from sole practitioners who cannot manage them on their own.

It is not uncommon for a professional legal company to have between 10 and 50 lawyers who have full-service capabilities and who specialize in a wide array of legal matters, from the less complex ones (such as driving under the influence) to the most complex (murder cases and such). These law firms are usually more expensive given the fact that they have a reputation to maintain: it often takes tens of years for a legal company to grow to this size and to make a name for itself in this highly competitive industry, therefore these lawyers will always struggle to rise to the expectations of their customers.

Last, but not least, the largest legal companies often have hundreds of lawyers and they benefit from all the legal resources required to solve even the most complex legal matters. These companies handle legal problems for governments, corporations and such, unlike smaller ones who usually specialize in normal legal matters for individuals.

Understanding the Legal Personnel

Not all the professionals who work in a legal office are lawyers, and not all the legal offices are law firms.

Generally, two or more lawyers become partners or associates when they decide to start a legal firm. In addition to lawyers, in a legal company you can find paralegal professionals (people with extensive legal training but who do not activate as lawyers), legal assistants and secretaries, law clerks, investigators and such. These positions as well as the number of employees can vary greatly depending on the size of the firm.

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