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Paralegal Gets Bitten by the Entrepreneur Bug


Persistence Pays
Victoria Ring offers an inspiring story to paralegals who want to forge their own path. With a little chutzpah, Ring revolutionized the world of online bankruptcy forms processing. She is a freelance Certified Paralegal and Certified Bankruptcy Assistant.

Ring noticed that there was a lack of individuals who could draft a well-detailed bankruptcy petition. So in 2003, Ring began training attorneys, paralegals, and other professionals on how to draft one. Ms. Ring has since trained countless individuals in starting their own virtual bankruptcy service (
Start Your Own Bankruptcy Forms Processing Service
Unlike an attorney or notary public, a forms processor does not have jurisdictional limits. A forms processor could live in Seattle, Washington, and prepare bankruptcy petitions, pleadings, motions and other documents for attorneys practicing in California, New York or any other state.
Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions can be filed by freelance professionals for attorneys everywhere. The attorneys drastically reduce their overhead expenses by hiring freelancers.
A typical bankruptcy forms processing business might operate like this:
1. Client is emailed a set of Client Intake Forms in PDF format to print and fill out at home.
2. Client will email their completed forms to the attorney for review. If the attorney decides to accept the bankruptcy case, the forms processor begins drafting the bankruptcy petition from the information provided on the Client Intake Forms.
3. Areas of the Client Intake Forms that are not properly completed by the client or containing statements that require a more detailed answer would be solved by phoning the client.
4. After the drafting of the bankruptcy petition, the forms processor saves the document in PDF format and sends it to the attorney as an attachment.
5. At this point the attorney may meet with the clients to review their bankruptcy petition before filing the petition, but it is not absolutely necessary.
6. After the attorney receives the bankruptcy petition by email from the forms processor, he or she will save it on their computer under the client file name and begin the review. The attorney can either print out the bankruptcy petition and make changes with an ink pen, or review it on the computer screen and note any changes in an email to the forms processor.
7. After the attorney has approved or made changes to the bankruptcy petition, he or she will email it back to the forms processor. The forms processor will make the changes and prepare a final bankruptcy petition ready for electronic filing. The forms processor emails the corrected petition to the attorney for final approval.
8. Upon approval by the attorney, the forms processor will electronically file the bankruptcy petition with the bankruptcy court in the state where the attorney practices law.
This process is streamlined, and shows that becoming a freelance paralegal is not an impossible dream.
How will you transform the profession?


By Rita Henry
Get Paralegal Jobs, Contributing Editor

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