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Legal research refers to the task of finding and gathering information necessary to support a legal case. On Upwork, the world’s largest online workplace, lawyers and law firms hire talented legal researchers and assistants — who may have professional experience in corporate law, criminal law or patent law — to conduct thorough legal research about workplace policies, consumer rights, or specific regulations. They can also draft legal documents, write detailed reports, or prepare presentations — including case studies, statutes, law reviews, or reviewing ethic and moral aspects of a subject.

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  1. Andrea Catasti

    Andrea Catasti

    International Tax, Contract and Corporate Lawyer

    France - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 5

    I'm an International Business lawyer who specializes in International Tax, Contract and Corporate Law. My activity on oDesk focuses on providing individuals and companies with comprehensive legal and tax advice on the issues which arise from their day-to-day business activity. The core of my activity may be summed up as follows: 1) assisting individuals and companies in structuring their international business transactions (e.g. cross-boarder Purchase and Sale Agreements, Profit Repatriations, Company Reorganizations,Divestitures and Dissolutions) from a tax-efficient standpoint. This involves the assessment of the likely tax consequences of cross-boarder operations according to EU Tax Law and the International Double-Taxation Agreements. 2) drafting, reviewing and amending international business contracts (e.g. Purchase and Sale Agreements, Employment Contracts, Operating Agreements, Partnership Agreements, Services Contracts) with a particular focus on the tax optimization. 3) doing legal research on International Tax Law, US Tax Law, European Union Tax Law, French Tax Law and Italian Tax Law. I've authored various working papers and articles on different International Tax issues like double taxation within the EU as well as a comparative outlook of the German and the Italian Tax systems.

    $75.00 /hr
    576 hours
    4.98
  2. Bruce B.

    Bruce B. Agency Contractor

    Personal and Business Attorney

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 7

    Licensed US/Texas attorney seeking to represent American or foreign parties with transactional documents and/or contracts review, drafting, or negotiation. Other services include compliance, legal research, relocation to the US assistance, licensing/permitting, and letter drafting. I seek to develop long-term relationships, which means my work is always of the highest quality. My office provides limited as well as full representation services at flat and hourly rates.

    Associated with: Law Office Agency

    $83.33 /hr
    29 hours
    4.87
  3. Muhammad Amjad

    Muhammad Amjad

    Compliance (AML) & Fraud Investigator - Legal Researcher

    France - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    Four years of strong experience in anti-money laundering regimes including FATF, EU AML Directives, Swiss FINMA, Belgian CTIF-CFI, US Patriot ACT, UK AML regimes SOCA & NCA, Traitement du Renseignement et Action Contre les Circuits Financiers Clandestins (‘TRACFIN’) French Regulatory authority, E-money industrial compliance, internal regulatory frameworks, solid experience in fraud investigations, legal research, drafting, evidence reviewing, corporate documentation, document analysis, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), business acumen, multi-lingual with near native level in English, fluent French, and excellent report writing skills in English, with a publication at an EU institute.

    $83.33 /hr
    20 hours
    5.00
  4. Mirsada Stasevic

    Mirsada Stasevic

    Immigration Lawyer

    Canada - Last active: 1 month ago

    internationally trained lawyer who practiced in both civil and common law systems. Mirsada graduated in 1998 from the Law School, University of Belgrade and following her relocation to Canada received a Master of Laws Degree in 1999 and a Bachelor of Law degree in 2002. In 2003, Practiced family, immigration, labour, employment, corporate and commercial law. Focus on legal research and writing. Interpreter for Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian?Montenegrian

    $55.56 /hr
    11 hours
    5.00
  5. Kelly T.

    Kelly T.

    Corporate Paralegal

    United States - Last active: 8 days ago - Tests: 14 - Portfolio: 1

    I am a professional corporate paralegal with over 5 years of experience working in the legal field. I specialize in contract drafting & review, legal research, corporate law, and intellectual property law. I have a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine and a master's degree in Legal Studies from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

    $15.00 /hr
    530 hours
    4.96
  6. Jeri B.

    Jeri B.

    Government Capture Manager, Proposal Writer, Researcher

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 9 - Portfolio: 1

    I am an experienced project manager, proposal writer / RFP writer, researcher, writer, auditor, and analyst with a niche service in government consulting and capture. My content areas are varied and wide and as an analyst and researcher, I'm experienced at adapting and building on past frameworks. A NOTE ABOUT SUCCESS RATE: In government proposal writing, many oDesk clients discover they do not meet minimum qualifications for government proposals. When this happens, the proposal can't be submitted. I have been ending these projects and we have these options: job completed successfully; job completed unsuccessfully; or other reason. I have been coding these as "other reason" and also providing a rather detailed explanation assuming oDesk was reviewing. Unfortunately, the 'other reason'--a client's INABILITY to meet minimum quals has equated to what appears to be my failure. NOT THE CASE. I have asked oDesk to review and revise but if past is prologue, this will never happen. Here is a direct response to oDesk criteria that clients can not see but that is reflected on the freelancer's screen: - public and private feedback - a near perfect record - successful completion of work - 100% of work that can be completed - client complaints - 100% recommendation level - responsiveness levels - more than 99.5% (the rest is unknown) - missed deadlines - 0 - disputes - 0 - long term client relationships - 20% oDesk repeaters. 5, 3-year old non oDesk repeat clients GOVERNMENT CONSULTING AND PROPOSAL WRITING I've directly consulted and advised government since 1995, either within government, or in a national management consulting firm. I take all the skills at my disposal: analysis, research, audit, writing--to provide best practice solutions. I have worked as a project director, project manager, and team lead, conducting activities, writing and editing reports, developing work and audit plans, and all served as a practice area proposal coordinator while remaining 87% billable. I've helped businesses pursue government work since 2006. I utilize advanced PM practices to sequence activities based on priority, and condensed from the Shipley process. If you seek government proposal work, I'll ask that you respond to the following: 1. Are you new to this sector? 2. What service do you provide? 3. Who are the potential clients? 4. Has the deadline for questions passed? 5. Do you have prior proposals that will be available to me? 6. If a SME is needed, will you provide? 7. Do you meet minimum qualifications? Do you know what minimum qualifications are? 8. How successful have you been in the public sector? 9. Are you able to start providing information within 48 hours? 10. Do you recognize that almost all facts and content must be complete five days before submission? 11. Are you a client of a client? CONTENT AREAS: ambulance billing, airport operations, automated passport control (APC), economic development, education (K-12, IHE), electronic health records (EHR), electronic medical records (EMR), electronic patient care reporting (ePCR), franchise operations, health level seven (HL7), labor, lean six sigma, government, legislation, public safety, SAAS, statutory research, theory of constraints, trades, transportation, workforce. PROJECT MANAGER (OPERATIONS, NOT I.T.) I've been an operational project manager since 1995. I've developed full-blown work plans, communications plans, and status and final reports. I currently use two PM software applications. RESEARCHER I've been a researcher since 1991. This skill enabled me to pursue work as a yellow-book auditor because both are based on documented facts. My research is independent, fact-based, and very often collaborative. WRITER I've been a professional writer since 1995, to include press releases, summaries, white papers, reports, proposals, RFP's, and more. AUDITOR and ANALYST I am a trained performance auditor with documented experience. This type of auditing is specific to processes and data. Within this category is cost accounting. I've been an analyst since 1995, analyzing performance, revenue, budget, and so much more. *********************************************************** TERMS: Just a note about my RATES--the rate that I bid reflects the 10% transaction fee. My rate ranges are: $25 - $35: government capture and research; business research $35 - $50: proposal coordination and writing $50 - $75: government business development and capture. Please note that a full-time employee that provided this service would range from $45 - $100 per hour with indirect costs. If you pay me $27.78 per hour, this is my net: 27.78-2.78=25.00 1st net less employment tax, social security, medicare, and health insurance (for a total of $8.83) for a 2nd net of $15.17. So, hopefully you can quickly realize the value you receive in hiring a freelancer over an employee. I only accept hourly work with new clients and I also recognize the value of repeat work and will reflect that during rate discussions. * My rates are flexible depending on the perceived need, so please provide as much information as possible. * I don't work for commission. * I don't work set hours unless I have the capacity. Should you wish more of an employee arrangement, where you set the hours and dictate how the work should be done, please contact oDesk Payroll, and I am pleased to consider that option. * I don't work for clients of other clients. Have your client contact me directly. ***********************************************************

    $27.78 /hr
    665 hours
    4.94
  7. Kimberly Moss

    Kimberly Moss

    Transactional Attorney

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    Kimberly Moss is an attorney based in Sugar Land, Texas who enjoys working with clients who need real world solutions to real world problems. She proudly represents individuals and businesses in a variety of legal concerns. Service to individuals: oil and gas lease negotiations, divorce, estate planning, consumer debt resolution, and mineral lease negotiations Service to businesses: drafting contracts, prosecuting collections, protecting the interests of high profile litigants, and advising in matters of state and federal securities regulations Certified Mediator Certified Guardianship Attorney Admitted to U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

    $36.67 /hr
    56 hours
    4.95
  8. Gaurav Saxena

    Gaurav Saxena Agency Contractor

    Patent Research & Drafting,Contracts,TOS,Legal Research,Internet Law

    India - Last active: 8 hours ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 1

    I have rich experience in Patent research, Provisional patent application drafting, non-provisional patent application drafting, international law, contract drafting and revision, trademark, copyright, entertainment law, real estate law,legal research, business law, employment law, e-commerce law, terms of service, privacy policy, cyber law and information technology.

    Associated with: Excellent lawyers (international business law)

    $33.33 /hr
    169 hours
    4.93
  9. Justin Howe

    Justin Howe

    Legal Services Professional

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 1

    Licensed Oregon attorney here to assist individuals and small businesses with their legal needs. I can provide information regarding labor problems, contract disputes, tax and environmental issues, business torts, IP disputes, the business formation process and organization papers, and applying for nonprofit status. I am a skilled researcher and am dedicated to upholding the integrity of the profession. Any information I provide will be in clear, concise plain language without all the legal jargon. NOTICE and DISCLOSURE: The information in or provided through this website is for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Each legal issue is different and the information contained on here may not apply to your case. The information listed on this website is not intended to create, nor does the transmittal of information constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Online readers should not rely on this information without first seeking the independent advice of a professional. This site is merely for informational purposes and is not intended to advertise or solicit legal services.

    $50.00 /hr
    2 hours
    5.00
  10. Vanessa McGill

    Vanessa McGill

    Attorney at Law

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 1

    Vanessa is a highly skilled and resourceful attorney licensed in both California and New York. She is practiced in multifarious areas of law, including intellectual property, contracts, employment law, personal injury, and immigration, amongst others. She has worked in various legal settings, from in house counsel's office to big corporate firms until she finally launched her own practice enabling her to focus intimately on client matters, offering efficient and effective services to a national client base.

    $150.00 /hr
    3 hours
    5.00