Being a Los Angeles County Archive Paralegal is a great way to make good money.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

When I was working as a contract paralegal some of my favorite things to do were legal research at the law library and the basement archives. First you need to market yourself. All you need is a SEO website like this. When attorneys back east Google “los angeles county archive paralegal” my name is at the top of the search results. My phone rings and I receive emails asking me to do legal research. The next trick is getting the money. Never trust an attorney. Get the money!

How much should you charge?

Lawyers always want their work done immediately. So when an attorney calls up a big established attorney messenger service, rush service can usually only be provided on a next day basis. However I tell lawyers that I will drop everything and go there right now for $500. Always make a lawyer pay up front for something like this. The shysters usually try to negotiate something like paying half now and half when they receive their important documents. I tell them no way. Like my Jewish friend Robby Orenstein once told me: “You don’t want to spend one minute of your time chasing them down to pay you”. Get the money!

The only way I will budge is I tell them that I will send them a low resolution snap shot from my phone to prove I have the document. But then what if I go all the way there, pay for parking, and there is no document? I am no longer willing to accept such a loss. If they can’t pay the freight, don’t haul their cargo. Don’t jam up your supply chain working for anyone who balks at your price. Get the money!

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Don’t get mad, get the money

There are a lot of attorneys out there who have burned me. They are very lucky that I have had such a turbulent recent past. I have lost their files and old laptops with their names. There are a lot of other people out there who are interloping in my life and I need to teach them a lesson. Get the money!

Investigation & Discovery

In my next blog I will highlight the money making opportunities for research paralegals at the main Los Angeles County Law Library. The public is allowed two hours per day of free Lexis and WestLaw. Money in the bank for the paralegal who knows how to get it. Get the money!

By Dean McAdams

Born a poor peckerwood in a Tujunga holler, Dean practiced secrets of the ancient & modern masters to end up liberated in the coastal paradise of West L.A.