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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. Kelli Hansen

    Kelli Hansen Agency Contractor

    RN w/experience- Freelance healthcare,nursing writing, web research

    United States - Last active: 8 days ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 4

    I am a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor's Degree of 17+ yrs. I hold various certifications and work experiences in the healthcare field from home health care to long-term care insurance case management. I have knowledge and expertise in reviewing medical records and creating case chronologies and written documentation of reports. I have written articles on LinkedIn, published a written article in a professional journal, and have recently authored a chapter on Patients' Rights in a legal nursing book set to be published in 2015. I am currently finishing up my Master's degree in Health Care Operations Management. Past work experiences include preparing attorneys for trial with regards to medical record interpretations, medical review/case chronologies, medical/legal research on cases, participating in depositions, and consulting with attorneys and other persons to educate on healthcare topics and standards of care. I currently own a small business in which I provide services for Freelance medical related writing and general nurse consulting. Certifications: Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), Certified Managed Care Nurse (CMCN), Legal Nurse Consultant- Certificate, Certificate in Patient Advocacy

    Associated with: Advocate Nurses, LLC

    $60.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  2. Charles Perry

    Charles Perry

    Attorney at Law

    United States - Last active: 7 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 3

    My goals are to continue assisting individuals and businesses with fewer than fifty employees address their legal problems, and to continue helping them prevent other legal problems from occurring. I am a lawyer, licensed in California since 1986. During this time, I have represented companies in all phases of their existence. Much of my practice is devoted to helping companies address the range of legal issues and problems that can occur (labor problems, contract disputes, tax and environmental issues, business torts, IP disputes, and the like) through negotiation, arbitration, and litigation. I have also helped businesses draft their initial agreements and organization papers, prepared and reviewed agreements needed for the conduct of their business, and represented them during the sale or winding up of their business. I also work with individuals who wish to represent themselves in resolving a variety of disputes. I help them draft court papers, I coach them on arguments to make to the judge, and I ghost-write letters and settlement documents. This part of my practice is now expanding into assisting other lawyers who have a temporary surplus of work and need experienced assistance. I also have a small trusts, estates, and tax planning practice. I run a "virtual office," meaning nearly all communication will be electronic. For my clients' convenience, I have a San Francisco telephone and fax number. This structure allows me to pass substantial reductions in attorney's fees to my clients, while still providing the quality representation of an experienced and licensed lawyer in California and federal law.

    $133.33 /hr
    307 hours
    4.97
  3. Muhammad Amjad

    Muhammad Amjad

    Compliance (AML) & Fraud Investigator - Legal Researcher

    France - Last active: 9 days 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. Demetrece W.

    Demetrece W.

    Paralegal-Writer-Researcher

    United States - Last active: 16 days ago - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 4

    While working within the legal environment I have managed projects, paralegals, and departments. Other experience includes working on mass litigation cases involving hundreds of clients as well as assisting the solo attorney grow their practice. In addition to managing cases and law offices, I have assisted in the training of first and second year lawyers in the practice of law. My writing experience consist of drafting legal pleadings ranging from complaints, trial briefs, appeals briefs, agreements, and other various and routine legal documents within the law office/department. These writings were utilized in bankruptcy, civil, criminal, administrative, governmental agency, and corporate law areas. Additional writing experience includes writing self-help legal articles in the areas of bankruptcy, civil, family, worker's comp, and tax law. My experience also includes working with individuals in preparing legal documents to present to the court, with or without an attorney. Additional experience includes document review for pre-litigation and discovery purposes, and legal research using LexisNexis and Westlaw to determine the viability of legal arguments. Once the document review and research was completed, I prepared motions and memorandum for the assigned attorney to review for submission to the respective court, whether federal or state. As a paralegal with such diverse attributes and skills, I can assist any person ranging from a law firm looking to outsource work, to the individual or business owner looking to lower their cost, as well as the solo attorney who needs to contract work to achieve their budgeted goals. For more information visit www.demetrecetheparalegal.com

    $35.00 /hr
    242 hours
    4.66
  5. Povilas Mizgaitis

    Povilas Mizgaitis

    Law consulting

    Lithuania - Last active: 4 days ago - Tests: 4

    My main focus of career here in oDesk is Law. Main fields: International Contract Law, European Contract Law, Domestic Lithuanian Law. I also have some experience in Family Law of Lithuania. Other fields of Law must be discussed briefly before agreeing on the cooperation. In 2014 I have defended my Master thesis in the field of loans in light of property rights, as a result consulting in the field of debts, contracts and their execution in Lithuania and/or Europe/USA is preferable for me. Within the course of studies, I have participated in two half year long internships in the fields of Lithuanian family law and debts. Additionally I have a Michigan State University certificate in Transnational Law, as big part of my study program constituted of subjects presented by visiting professors from USA, UK and other countries. I can assure, that I am motivated to give best advices possible for those, who are committed to get their rights defended in courts Pro Se (someone who represents themself in a legal procedure without the aid of an attorney), or small scale companies, who is starting their business in other countries (US/Europe), or want additional look at their contract of a deal with foreign partners. But I have to mention, that as I am not a US resident, nor a member of Bar Association, yet (my master degree is not equal to US LL.M., as well), I have no license to give official legal advices or provide legal services in US. For this reason, I am not able to officially present myself or documents that I prepare to the court or other legal institution. All my work will be considered as advisory only.

    $50.00 /hr
    33 hours
    4.05
  6. Kimberly Moss

    Kimberly Moss

    Transactional Attorney

    United States - Last active: 16 days 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
  7. 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
    660 hours
    4.94
  8. Sean H.

    Sean H.

    Pennsylvania Attorney, MBA graduate

    United States - Last active: 23 days ago - Tests: 2

    I am a licensed Pennsylvania attorney with my law degree from a nationally ranked law school in Pennsylvania. I have worked with numerous clients (individuals and companies) on various legal tasks including but not limited to drafting and reviewing contracts, legal research, preparing motions and assisting in the creation and setting up of businesses. I am a skilled legal researcher and writer. I have the ability to effectively and efficiently draft memorandums and other legal documents to satisfy my clients needs. I have also earned my MBA from an accredited university and have a firm grasp of the business world. I have working knowledge of Microsoft Office and can also use Google to effectively research when needed.

    $50.00 /hr
    61 hours
    4.94
  9. Justin Howe

    Justin Howe

    Legal Services Professional

    United States - Last active: 18 days 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. Eloy V.

    Eloy V.

    Law School Graduate with Experience in Start Ups & Legal Matters

    United States - Last active: 7 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    Graduated from Law School in 2014 with Cum Laude Honors. I have experience in the following matters: Start-ups Contracts Legal Research/Writing Proof-reading Resume Building/Editing Business Plans I understand the legal complexities of operating a business and the need to provide assistance to people in difficult business times. I am a hard-working individual that will provide you with excellent results!

    $30.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00