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Sarah S.

Sarah S.

Legal research, Article writing

United States - Tests: 4

Thank you for taking an interest in my profile. I graduated law school in 2008 with a goal of becoming a civil litigator, possibly in family law, although I was very interested in criminal and immigration laws, too. I was willing to enter any legal discipline when I experienced a near fatal stroke that left me unable to walk or speak clearly. None of my memories or cognition were compromised. I am able to do anything online, but I cannot speak clearly over the telephone. If an employer prefers to speak with me over the phone I can talk, but regular phone contact with clients is not possible. I am willing to work through the night if you require a fast turnaround time, but ordinarily I require about three days depending on the complexity of the issue. Working at home is easiest for me because I cannot drive or do many of the other things that are required to work outside of the home. I have recently decided I have not just lost everything; I have a great education and mind and I owe it to myself to use it. Just because I cannot pace back and forth giving a closing statement does not mean I should do nothing. My dreams are less grand than they were before, I want to be proud of my work and I want my employers to be satisfied. I will work as hard as I can because I want to begin working as soon as possible and cultivate long term relationships where possible with employers. I have unrivaled honesty and integrity; I am very proud of those qualities so I will never submit work that I am not proud to call my own.

72% Job Success
$22.22 /hr
3 hours

Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.

Licensed Attorney - Legal Research & Writing

Malawi - Tests: 1

I have a history of working under pressure, so my clients can expect a professional experience with plenty of communication and no hassle. Currently an expat living abroad, which means I have all the time needed to focus on your project. My goal is providing reasonable cost for extraordinary product. In my time as a freelance attorney, I have successfully completed research and writing projects encompassing trusts, bankruptcy, contracts, general civil issues and both state and federal criminal law. I have also written original content for criminal defense websites, and written terms of use, privacy policy, and non-disclosure agreements for emerging websites and businesses. Full time subscription to Lexis Advance as well as Lexis National Forms.

96% Job Success
$50.00 /hr
53 hours

Marymichelle Lotano

Marymichelle Lotano

Attorney, Legal Writing, Creative Writing, Blog Writing, Short Essays

United States - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 2

My education includes an undergraduate degree from Springfield College and law degree from Albany Law School. I am an excellent technical legal writer with years of legal writing experience, including appellate writing and educational writing. I am a published legal author with the New York State Bar Association. I am also a talented creative writer. My skills include creative writing, blog writing and short essays. I am currently preparing to publish a meditation book via Hay House Publishing. I also have a humor blog at via Word Press. I am looking for writing projects of varied durations and intensities that can be completed from home.

85% Job Success
$44.44 /hr
8 hours

Dennis M.

Dennis M.

Expert legal and business writing and editing

United States

I am a professional freelance writer who has written two non-fiction books about DWI laws that were published by Reuters. My law degree and 40 years of experience as an attorney have helped me in writing about law-related topics for, and the Houston Chronicle. Attorneys and law firms throughout the country have hired me to write blog posts, articles and website content for them. I take pride in the fact that everything that is submitted to my clients is written by me. I do not subcontract any of the assignments that I accept. Thankfully, most of my clients are so satisfied with my work that they have become repeat customers. Because of my education and background in the law, researching and incorporating the substantive law of any state to satisfy a client's needs is easily and skillfully accomplished. My other career as a professor in legal studies at a local college helps to keep me current on developments in the law throughout the United State.

95% Job Success
$44.00 /hr
4 hours

Lila H.

Lila H.

Contracts, Corporate, Sports, Entertainment, IP

United States - Tests: 1

18 years of experience specializing in commercial contracts, corporate compliance, corporate formations, regulatory, risk management, sports law, entertainment law, internet law, oil and gas, energy, mergers/acquisitions, intellectual property assets and employment related matters. As former In House Counsel for a publicly traded company, I understand a wide variety of legal issues that may arise within your company. I am experienced in all stages of business development, from initial formation and entity selection through the selling of your business or acquisition of another company. My industry expertise includes business/corporate law, energy and natural resources, sports and entertainment law, employment law, intellectual property law and real estate law.

$110.00 /hr
48 hours

Margie B.

Margie B.

Contract specialist


With over 15 years experience working in government and commercial contracting both in Australia and internationally, I offer: - A focus on preparing, negotiating and reviewing contractual and other documents - Extensive experience in advising of contractual rights and obligations, compiling and analysing proposals, agreements, and contract performance data - Demonstrated ability to establish and review contracting templates to form basis of future arrangements - Strong communication skills and reliability.

$50.00 /hr
0 hours

Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson

Reliable, Professional Proofreader and Copy-Editor

United Kingdom

I provide a high-quality, dependable proofreading and copy-editing service. My professional background is in academia and legal services, but I have experience of reading, writing and editing publications of all types. I am a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and regularly accept freelance work from individuals and large publishing houses. You have already done the most important part of any project: the writing. You've worked hard at it and you've put in all the content it needs. But, like anything, a piece of writing needs to be polished before it's displayed to the world. That's where a professional proofreader and copy-editor comes in. Perhaps you're not a native English-speaker. Perhaps you are dyslexic or simply find it hard to fathom the panoply of seemingly mysterious rules and conventions that govern our language. Perhaps you want a fresh pair of eyes to pick up on what you missed or need to move on to your next project. Let me take care of it for you.

$10.00 /hr
0 hours

Katharine Sherwood

Katharine Sherwood

Certified Paralegal

United States - Tests: 3

Certified Paralegal with 4.5 years of experience. I have experience working as a litigation paralegal, family law paralegal, criminal law paralegal, and overseen office management in small firms. My training in office administration and client services has equipped me with a multitude of skills including; office management, business operations, and exemplary customer service. I possess an Advanced Paralegal Certificate from an ABA-approved paralegal program. My work ethic and attention to detail is unparalleled. I do have references should you require them. I am efficient and understand the confidential nature of the legal field. I am technically savvy and use that to my advantage by creating processes that make me more efficient and accurate. I can draft legal documents such as pleadings, discovery, wills, and deeds, as well as letters. I have extensive legal research experience, as well as e-discovery retrieval and document review. I understand the rules for ESI preservation and have experience creating ESI search terms, ESI preservation letters, and reviewing ESI. Examples of the jobs i'm suited for include: legal document preparation, document review, contract administration, e-filing, memo writing, brief writing, deposition summaries, litigation support, customer support, internet research and writing. Some of my administrative support skills include: email correspondence, transcription, interviewing clients, maintaining calendar, preparation of excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, drafting documents, hiring and managing job posts, and more!

$22.00 /hr
334 hours

Emerson Cruz

Emerson Cruz

Hardware Technical Support // Paralegal Research

El Salvador - Tests: 10 - Portfolio: 3

Years of experience providing hardware tech support for US and Latam customers in English and Spanish therefore able to translate text with more accuracy, handle emails and documents, data bases also sales (placing and processing orders). Experience with two important companies Dell and Stream Global Services, Oriented to provide solutions and deliver excellent results. I´m the kind of person who likes to do things right at fist attemp even if that requieres an extra effort. As lawyer in my country I practice law and understand commom law system so I can translate texts to spanish with real native sense and legal meaning if requerired, also technologic-computer related texts, of course I translate to English too. As paralegal I have experiencie submitting legal petitions to US gov agencies (FOIL/FOIA) Im very use to work under metric parameters. I enjoy the work not because it´s funny but because you can feel proud when you do it right I am always available for a hire test so you can see the great results I can provide you

100% Job Success
$8.89 /hr
1,519 hours

Nick P

Nick P

Talented and Committed Business and Marketing Consultant

New Zealand - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

I have a host of experience in the business and legal sectors and am wanting to develop my skill set further with involvement in international ventures and projects. Having worked with a range of different clients and companies, I have been able to gain valuable insights into the standards required in the marketplace and have produced exceptional reports and results. I am currently involved in a legal capacity for a technology start-up and am operating several other creative projects as a hobby. I am looking for one off or part time projects which would allow me to use and further develop the skills that I have acquired. I am interested in legal research and advice, financial planning, social media marketing, market research, business plans and business writing.

97% Job Success
$44.44 /hr
971 hours