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Paralegal Services USA


Paralegal Services USA is the nation’s first franchise for freelance paralegals working under the supervision of attorneys. Paralegal Services USA provides freelance paralegal services to lawyers in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Paralegals work under the supervision of lawyers, drafting documents, conducting research, interviewing clients and preparing for trials. Though the idea of a paralegal franchise may be new, the paralegal profession is changing and the time is right for a such a service, with the need for paralegals continually growing. Paralegal Services USA was founded by Dorothy Secol and Peggy Stalford, to trailblazing paralegals, the first to franchise their business, and aiming for nationwide representation.

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Although you do not have to be a paralegal to purchase a Paralegal Services USA franchise, the services provided by the franchise must be administered by qualified paralegals, according to company regulations. Founders Secol and Stalford will provide franchisees with advice on business planning, setting up an office, hiring staff, marketing and advertising.

Paralegal Services USA Franchise Opportunities – History

Paralegal Services USA was founded by Dorothy Secol and Peggy Stalford in 2006, in Allenhurst, New Jersey, where the two women have operated their paralegal business since 1986. Secol and Stalford had already had many years of paralegal experience when they teamed to run their own business. In 1990, a committee appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court wrote an opinion that lawyers could not use freelance paralegals because the paralegals weren’t properly supervised. The decision was appealed with Secol and Stalford leading the fight. Secol then wrote a book about paralegals starting and managing their own business. After many inquiries from paralegals wanting to follow their lead, Secol and Stalford started franchising their business.

Paralegal Services USA Franchise Cost / Initial Investment / Paralegal

Services USA Franchise Income

The initial franchise fee to open a Paralegal Services USA franchise is $15,000. Ongoing royalties and marketing fees equaling 10 percent of gross receipts is paid to the company. Paralegal Services USA recorded annual revenue of more than $400,000.

Paralegal Services USA Business Opportunities: Other Information

Secol and Stalford believe strongly in remaining active members of the community. They both belong to community associations, paralegal associations and their state bar association. They also volunteer in their community and constantly support their profession.


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