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  1. Andrew Quint

    Andrew Quint

    Advertising Copywriter-Brochures-SEO-Web Content

    United States - Portfolio: 5

    You will benefit from my decades experience as a former civil rights investigator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These skills enable me to research and produce, clear, concise and readable articles, books and reports for you. You will benefit from the research and writing skills obtained in my nearly 20 years experience at HUD producing professional writing of all types. These included handling a wide variety of legal and business communication and reports. Presently, I volunteer with an organization that helps tenants exercise their legal rights. You can also obtain from me web content, e-books and other materials about my other interests, which include health, medicine economics, business, investments and science. Furthermore, I edit works on these and other subjects. In addition to writing articles, books and reports, I also do sales copywriting.

    $35.00 /hr
    137 hours
    4.95
  2. Calista C.

    Calista C.

    "Professional service and committed to quality"

    China - Tests: 1

    Elancer Top 20% for English Grammar & Spelling. UK native speaker. Legal graduate. Experienced in AUDIO VISUAL TRANSCRIPTION, ARTICLE WRITING, PROOF READING (& EDITING) and VOICE OVER. I am also an experienced TEFL teacher (UK and Abroad). I also have a law enforcement background and experience in writing legal reports for presentation at court (UK). My particular focus is on grammar and spelling and punctuation. I am also familiar with American and British English. 63 word per minute average typing speed.

    $16.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  3. Gary Smith

    Gary Smith

    Freelance Writer

    United Kingdom - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 14

    I create outstanding, original and engaging copy for commercial clients. Whatever you require - whether it's sales pages, articles, reviews or commentary, I will deliver work of an extremely high standard. I was previously a lawyer in private practice where I honed my skills - generating engaging web content describing developments in case law and government policy, commentary on national and international news, information pages, promotional, and technical documentation. If you're looking for a skilled and reliable UK-based copy writer for either a one-off project or for a longer professional relationship, I won't disappoint.

    $22.22 /hr
    259 hours
    4.88
  4. Charles Weiss

    Charles Weiss

    Juris Doctor/Legal writer, editor, proofreader, and researcher

    United States - Tests: 2

    24 years of legal experience specializing in civil and criminal litigation and appeals; Excellent legal research in Westlaw and Lexis, writing, and legal analysis skills and drafting complaints and motions in civil, criminal, contracts and personal injury matters. Bankruptcy Chapter 7, 11 and 13, with competent use of EZ File filing software and PACER. Placing high degree of emphasis on providing outstanding customer service and identifying "critical" exceptions in work orders and ensuring work orders are produced timely, accurately and within accepted customer service levels. Family Law Custody and Divorces Actions in Community and Equitable Division States: Complaints/Motions/Reconsideration Petitions/Modifications/Protective Orders Commercial and Residential Real Estate transactions and litigation State & Federal Foreclosure defense litigation, loan modifications, and debt settlement. Drafting lawsuits (complaints/motions/stays) against banks and other lenders who attempt to circumvent the regulations prescribed by HAMP. State & Federal Criminal Defense(s): DUI, Drug offenses/possessions, trafficking (Asset Forfeitures) Preparation of estate planning documents including wills, trusts (irrevocable/revocable) Commercial and Residential Real Estate transactions and litigation including: lease drafting, lease modifications, evictions, property sales, deeds, land contracts, easement issues, boundary issues, zoning issues, water issues, fence issues, mortgage and loan issues. Real Estate Title Examiner and Abstractor (limited to southeastern states): search real estate records for mortgages and deeds as well as judgments and liens and preparing title exam/commitment. State & Federal Criminal Defense(s): DUI, Drug offenses/possessions, trafficking (Asset Forfeitures), Juvenile, Assault/Battery, Domestic abuse, Rape, Murder, Manslaughter, Direct Appeals/Habeas Corpus. Preparation of estate planning documents including wills, trusts (irrevocable/revocable), general durable and limited powers of attorney, advance directives for health care and mental health care proxy, property management and nominations of guardians.

    $18.00 /hr
    11 hours
    5.00
  5. Justin Lancaster

    Justin Lancaster

    Patent Attorney with Contract Law and Intellectual Property

    United States - Tests: 8 - Portfolio: 1

    PATENT ATTORNEY. CONTRACT LAWYER. BUSINESS MANAGER. STRATEGY, You need some legal help fast. And you don't want to drive downtown and pay a city lawyer $750/hour. So you've come here to find a lawyer just as good who will charge you only ONE FIFTH of that going rate. Right? REALLY??!! WELL, YOU'RE IN LUCK!! But, why am I offering you such a crazy deal? First, because I am bootstrapping a startup company to solve human disease and I need just enough money to pay for gas, buy printer ink at Staples, and pay my software coders on UpWork. So, you help me and you'll be helping humanity!! Second, I don't like chasing clients for payment, so the UpWork hourly pay structure solves that problem well! (I prefer hourly to fixed contract!) And, third, because I don't want to work in a law firm downtown. Been there. Done that. So, how can I help you? What busines or legal advice do you need? Do you have a nifty product idea? An invention you want to patent? Or a contract or agreement to get written and negotiated? And, if you are in Massachusetts (or your legal problem is in this state), then I can help with almost any other type of legal problem, too. --- immigrations, employment, contracts, licensing, negotiation, corporate, trademarks, copyright, patents, family, real estate, ... you name it ------------------------------------------------------------- LOOJL ------------------------------------------------------------ Law Offices Of Justin Lancaster ------------------------------------------------------------- -- IP services for customers in any of the United States -- General business coaching and strategy development -- 35 years of legal experience in many branches of law -- Legal counseling, contract drafting, review and editing -- Negotiation services I've served in executive management positions in more than eight high-tech startup companies and can provide valuable sales, marketing, business development, strategy and operations assistance. Trained as a data scientist and researcher for more than a decade, I offer strong skills in research, data-processing, software design and Internet informatics. Ph.D., UCSD J.D., VT Law School Postdoc, Harvard University

    $125.00 /hr
    115 hours
    5.00
  6. Glenn aries D.

    Glenn aries D.

    Legal Word Processor/Transcriptionist

    Philippines - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 2

    I have been in the transcription industry for 7 years (3 years in voicemail transcription and 4 years in legal transcription) and I am very familiar with UK, US and Australian accents. I am a touch typist with 90-100 wpm. I am knowledgeable in MS Office applications. My job description includes: *Data entry *Data archiving and collection *Customized research *Copy editing/formatting deeds and agreements *Transcribes electronic record of interviews, correspondence and admin documents *Perform proofreading on edited legal documents to ensure quality *Ensure that turnaround time for processing transcripts is met *Check transcripts for accuracy *Create captions/subtitles files in WebVTT

    $5.56 /hr
    854 hours
    4.94
  7. Sean Ross

    Sean Ross

    Top Rated Finance Writer

    United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    I am an expert writer, researcher and consultant dedicated to creating original, professional work. I hold a B.S. in Economics, have 8+ years of work in financial services, and have been a published author since I was 16. I help both established and aspiring professional publications and websites to reach their audiences more effectively. All work is designed to be keyword-rich and generate 'clicks.' Work can be tailored to either sophisticated or lay audiences. Available topics include: money, interest rates, inflation, exchange rates, trade, capital theory, economic philosophy, public policy, personal finance, bankruptcy, real estate and security investments, technical and fundamental analysis, credit repair, banking, loans and insurance. I've worked with family businesses, sole proprietorships, and large companies. My recent articles have been featured on several prominent websites, including Investopedia and Seeking Alpha. In the past I've also performed limited work on advanced medical topics, technology and politics.

    $40.00 /hr
    73 hours
    4.98
  8. Anna K Gibson

    Anna K Gibson

    Writer/Editor with Legal Experience

    United States - Tests: 20 - Portfolio: 5

    I have over 3 years of experience in a variety of legal settings as well as a multitude of projects you can view below that include skills such as editing novels, writing academic papers, working on different legal projects, and writing non-fiction ebooks for hire. I am interested primarily in writing and editing projects, but I am also open to legal work projects as they become available. See my online portfolio at: https://greengirl88.journoportfolio.com

    $13.00 /hr
    176 hours
    4.79