How do I post a case?

To post a case, you must first create an account on Hiremelegal. Once you’ve verified your email address, you can post your case by following the steps below.

If signed out, click the Sign In button on the homepage, sign into your account and click Post Your Case Now!. If signed into your Hiremelegal account, click the red Post Your Case button to get started.  Cases are not published immediately and may go through a short moderation process.

On the case post form fill out the following information:

  1. The name of the case.
  2. A detailed case description –  For your case description be as detailed as possible, including specific information about the work needed, the size of the case, estimated start and completion dates and some background on your company.
  3. You may attach files that help clarify the case requirements and enable Attorneys to prepare more thorough, relevant Proposals.
  4. Select the Category and subcategory that best describe your case and the type of case.
  5. Select a Fixed Price or Hourly Case.  Fixed Price Cases are best when you have well-defined scope and structure for the work.  If the case scope is less certain and you would like to work with your Attorney on a more flexible basis, then choose the hourly option.  Hourly Cases are Work View enabled.  Work View is a safe and efficient way to pay for hourly work online.  For Hourly Cases, you will be asked to indicate the number of hours per week as well as the duration of the case.

    Note: Your work arrangement can be changed after your case is posted. However, once your case is awarded, you will be not be able to change it.
  6. Pick your budget.  You will able to choose from predefined budget ranges or create your own custom budget range.

    Note: Budget cannot be changed after your case is awarded.
  7. Near the bottom of the Case Post page  see Location, Privacy and Other Options for your case posting.  Here you can set additional case preferences. When you are finished, click Continue.
  8. Next you will be able to select your posting type. Hiremelegal offers 3 types of case postings:
  • Featured Case Postings – With a Featured Case Posting your case will be highlighted to stand out from the crowd and attract more candidates.  There is a $30 cost to feature your post.
  • Urgent Case Postings – Urgent case postings will be highlighted as urgent basis on your case post. This indicates to Attorneys that you are serious about starting work, as you have linked a payment method to your account. This is a one time $50 fee for your urgent case.

  • Basic Case Postings – Basic Cases will post your project without any of the features of a Urgent or Featured posting.

If you chose either the Featured or Urgent option, you will be prompted to pay the fee. Proceed to enter in your payment details on the next page and finalize the case post.

How do I choose the correct Category for my case?

Choosing the right category for your case will help you reach the most qualified Attorneys. It also ensures that you receive proposals from Attorneys that have the expertise and skill set that you require for your case.

Examples
  1. Legal Category is where you’ll find legal experts, like an attorney to write a legal agreement for your business.

If you feel that the case was posted in the wrong category, You can edit it.

Which Work Type is best for my case? Fixed Price or Hourly?

When you post a case on Hiremelegal, you can specify whether you want to work with your Attorney on a Fixed Price or Hourly basis.

Fixed Price Cases are best when you have well-defined scope and structure for the work. You and your Attorney will agree upon a Fixed Price at the start of the case based on the requirements and scope of what needs to get done.  It’s a good idea to set up specific milestones so that you and your Attorney have appropriate checkpoints.  As the case progresses, you and your Attorney can update the milestones and scope at any time.

If the case scope is less certain and you would like to work with your Attorney on a more flexible basis, then choose the Hourly option. You and the Attorney will agree upon an hourly rate, and the Attorney bill you on a weekly basis for the hours worked the prior week.  You can also specify authorized hours for the subsequent weeks.

Whether you choose a Fixed Price or Hourly option, be sure to define and document your requirements clearly and establish frequent checkpoints to ensure success.

How do I invite Attorneys to bid on my case?

To search for and invite Attorneys to your post, log into your account and follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to Hire  > Search Attorneys.
  2. Select your criteria from the left column and perform a search.
  3. Click Hire Me and then select the name of the case to invite them to or create new case

Note:  You can also invite Attorneys directly from their profile page by clicking the Hire Me button to the top right.

How do I edit my case post?

Once your case is posted, you can address Attorney questions or clarify your case by communicating directly with Attorneys via the Workroom or by editing the Case Post.

To edit your Case Post, log into Hiremelegal and follow these steps:

  1. Visit Dashboard and locate the appropriate case.
  2. Click on the case name or from the Actions drop-down, select Edit Case Details.
  3. From here you can select which areas of your Case Post to edit.  After saving your changes, the Attorneys will be notified so that they can adjust their proposals if necessary.

Note: Budget, Privacy and Work Arrangement (Fixed Price or Hourly) cannot be edited after a case post has been awarded.

How do I extend the bidding period on a case I posted?

Once your case is posted, you have the option of extending the bidding period. You can only extend the bidding two times, up to 6 months from the date of the original posting.

To extend the bidding, log in to Hiremelegal and follow the steps below:

  1. Visit Dashboard and locate the case on the My Cases page.
  2. Click on the case name and select Extend Bidding from under the case’s Actions menu OR from the Actions drop-down on your My Hiremelegal page select Extend Case.
  3. Enter the date you would like to extend the bidding period to, enter Reason for Extending and click Submit.

Is my case post visible to all in Hiremelegal?

All Cases posted on the Hiremelegal site are posted with a Public—Visible to everyone in the Hire Me Legal community options. If you would like for your case to only show to the attorney you invite for, during the case posting process, check Location, Privacy and Other Options at the bottom of the case posting page. Then checked the box, private – Do not show on Hire Me Legal cases list. Only attorneys I invite can respond.This will prevent your case to show all attorney.

Note:  Once your case is published publicly, it cannot be changed to private. However, you may change a private case posting to public at any time.

Featured Posts are case posts that receive enhanced prominence on the site and attract the highest quality proposals. You can set up your case from the beginning as a Featured Post or re list an existing Case Post as Featured.

Featured posts:

  • Are highlighted at the top of case search results.
  • Receive more proposals – Featured Cases on average receive 30% more proposals than non-featured cases.
  • Attract the highest quality candidates – Featured Cases signal that you mean business.
  • Receive tailored proposals – Attorney invest more to respond to Featured Cases.
  • Get proposals faster – the Featured sort option makes your case stand out in the marketplace.
  • Allow you to invite as many Attorneys as you’d like.
  • Let you Re-list the case after you post. It will be placed again at the top of case search. (Limit of two re-listings per case).
  • Let you hang onto any proposals you’ve already received (if a case post is Re-listed as Featured).

There is a $30 cost to feature your post.

Can I save my case post before I publish it?

If you are not ready to post your case description on Hiremelegal, you can save it as a draft.  Some Clients do this to review their budget or time-frame, or to make sure they have a detailed description prior to posting a case.

When you are ready to review/edit/post your case, log into your account follow the steps below:

  1. Click Dashboard in the top left navigation bar.
  2. Click onAll on the Case Status bar and then select Drafts from the drop-down.
  3. Click on the case name which will then take you to the Case Posting page, where you can edit any text or details.
  4. Click on the Continue button at the bottom of the page to preview your case.
  5. Choose whether or not to Feature your Case Post.
  6. Click the Post This Case button to publish the case on Hiremelegal. Candidates will now start sending you their proposals.

What are some case posting tips?

A well-written and thoughtfully crafted case description is a great way to attract the best candidates with the right skills and expertise for your case. Here are some specific tips:

Write a good case description

Describing your case in a clear and concise manner is a great way to increase the number and quality of proposals you receive.  It helps Attorneys craft targeted proposals with accurate pricing. Some things to include may be your goals for the case, detailed scope requirements and time frame expectations.  Using examples as references is a great way to make your ideas more concrete.

Determine your approximate budget

When posting a case on Hiremelegal, the budget you set in the beginning does not lock you into a price range.  Attorneys can propose higher or lower amounts based on what they estimate the case will cost to complete and how much they want to win your business. Communicating an estimated range helps Attorneys target their proposals to your needs. If your budget range is unrealistic for the amount of work to be done, Attorneys may not think it is a serious case, and the likely result will be fewer and lower-quality proposals.

Choose the category that best matches the skills you need

Choosing the right category  is important as it defines the group of professionals that will be able to submit proposals for your case. Choosing a relevant subcategory helps Attorneys search for your case, but does not limit which Attorneys can submit a proposal within that Category.

Select the appropriate skills

When posting your case, you have the option to select the top 5 skills you are looking for in the Attorney you hire.  The skills selected will be used to tag your case so Attorneys easily find it by searching case postings.

Choose the right posting type – Featured or Basic

Featured Posts get extra attention that help them stand out to high-quality Attorneys. Featuring your case post is a great way to attract high quality proposals from the most experienced Attorneys on Hiremelegal.  Additionally with a featured post, you can invite as many Attorneys to the case post as you like and can relist your case as Featured up to two times.

Expect multiple responses within days

You should start to get multiple proposals from qualified Attorneys within the first few days.  Every situation is different, but the quality of the proposals is more important than the number of proposals received. if you don’t feel like you are getting the right quality proposals for your case, we highly encourage you to give us a call or send an email to give us the opportunity to help you out.

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