There’s only so many hours in a day. If you are a busy lawyer, you could be juggling a number of priorities every day. And you never know when a client crisis could push you past your deadline and over the edge.
Legal Research and Writing Can Eat Into Client Time
If you are wrestling with a difficult legal issue, you could end up spending hours digging through treatises and case law. As you dive down the rabbit hole of controlling precedent, your other obligations could be silently slipping away. Many lawyers, especially those whose customers are members of the general public, would rather spend their time helping clients, than digging in to legal technicalities.
For those lawyers, outsourcing writing could be the answer to their priorities. By employing a licensed attorney to meet their research and drafting needs, client-focused lawyers can put their skills to good use without worrying about the quality of their legal briefs.
Sloppy Pleadings Can Hurt Your Case
Not every lawyer is good at writing. But every lawyer is judged by the quality of his or her pleadings. You may not be facing malpractice claims because of a grammatical error, but sloppy legal writing can stack the deck against you at oral argument. If you struggle with grammar, or have difficulty putting your thoughts in order on paper, it could hurt your clients’ case before you even step foot in the courtroom. If your writing is littered with typos it can appear unprofessional. If your brief is disorganized, your strongest arguments could be lost in the middle of a muddle of unnecessary facts.
Working to Your Strengths Includes Outsourcing Your Weaknesses
By outsourcing your legal writing, you can be sure that your clients are well represented and focus on your strengths, including litigation and advocating for your position in court. Many litigators are strong negotiators and orators, able to woo someone over using the spoken word. But if you pair that with a well-researched, properly cited, and clearly-written brief, your argument could become unstoppable. By focusing on your strengths and bringing in an expert writer, you can shore up the weaknesses in your presentation and do your best for your clients.
There is no shame in outsourcing writing to shore up your weaknesses. Lawyers have been outsourcing everything from accounting to marketing for years. By adding a ghostwriter to your contractual services you can give more time to your clients, strengthen your cases, and put your best presentation forward in court.
Lisa Schmidt is a writer for Legal Linguist, a division of Schmidt & Long, PLLC, in Ferndale, Michigan. If you need a ghostwriter for your legal briefs, contact Legal Linguist today to schedule a meeting.