Donna Seyle - Freelance Law Firm

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Donna Seyle

Freelance Law Firm

108 Montesano Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Practice Areas
  • Real Estate-Personal
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate-Business
  • Writer
  • Civil Litigation
  • Legal Research
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Actually, I'm a Jersey girl, even though I've lived half my life in California. I have also lived in my three favorite places -- New York City, Los Angeles and Kauai, which makes me different from your average Jersey girl. I now hang my hat in Santa Cruz, CA, a small community of enterprising and creative professionals who enjoy the culture and the beauty of the Central Coast.

Professionally, my 22 years of experience in real estate and business law is a unique blend of traditional firm practice (litigation and transactional), business and real estate entrepreneurship and commercial lease management.  My strength and passion is legal research and drafting, including  pleadings and motions, pre-trial and trial documents, business formation documents, purchase and sale agreements, contracts, real estate agreements, residential and commercial leases, landlord-tenant forms and other related documents.

I am relentless in my research, creative in my thinking, talented in the art of written persuasion and a perfectionist in my composition.  I bring to the practice not just a solid foundation in legal analysis and writing, but also a practical perspective in drafting transactional documents that facilitates ways to get around objections to language and ease of understanding, all leading to positive outcomes.

Freelance Law Firm was founded to serve as an experienced and reliable resource for lawyers and law firms who find themselves without the resources to take on  new business or respond to matters needing immediate attention, and to in-house counsel faced with a temporary overload of projects.

The firm's mission is to provide real estate and business firms or practitioners and in-house counsel with cost-effective, time-saving, high quality legal services so they can increase their billings without increasing their overhead.

Freelance Law Firm is a fully functioning law office

Freelance Law Firm is a fully functioning law firm incorporating all the resources necessary to serve you and your clients as your choice for outsourcing your work. These resources include comprehensive online  research through Lexis/Nexis, including primary and secondary authorities, treatises, pleadings, transactional documents and other forms, as well as malpractice insurance. These costs are not passed on to you, but are included in hourly fees.

Freelance Law Firm is a Virtual Law Office offering a unique benefit

What differentiates Freelance Law Firm is how it works. It is a Virtual Law Office that functions via a highly secure online platform. The technology that links to our server houses all communications, documents preparation, document review by both attorney and client, scheduling, invoicing and all transactions in a secure digital environment. The system is easy to use and requires no training.

The extraordinary benefit of this system is that you can easily access online all of the matter-related materials at any time by logging into our secure server.  It's the same as reviewing a paper file in a brick and mortar office, except that it is available to you and your client for review any time of day, any day of the week.  You have instant access to the exact status of your matter anytime.  This makes handling projects that you have outsourced to us extremely cost-effective and efficient.

Freelance Law Firm is at the forefront of a new way of practicing real estate and business law. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you save time and money, and increase your billings and client base.


Undergraduate: Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.
Law School: Southwestern
Admitted to Bar: 1987
Practice Areas: Business > Business Law
Personal > Real Estate-Personal
Business > Real Estate-Business
Legal Research
Personal > Civil Litigation
Organizations: State Bar of California, California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors
Gender: Female
Status: Married
Children: 2 Children
City of Residence: Santa Cruz, California
Home Town: Oaklyn. New Jersey
Home State: CA
My Interests Social networking, social media, yoga
My Politics: Liberal
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Favorite Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Examples of how lawyers' time and resource management challenges can be met by the use of freelance lawyer services.
Posted by Donna Seyle on 10.22.09 in Law Practice - Law Ethics.

I recently attended the day-long conference entitled Social Networking: Friends or Foes? (now on MP3) hosted by the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice and the UC Berkeley School of Law. The discussion focused on the legal and ethical issues facing lawyers and investigators using social networking contents in legal matters.
Posted by Donna Seyle on 10.28.09 in Law Practice - Law Technology.

In my first post on the legal issues, I discussed the public's expectation that their social networking information is private. Here, I will move on to the challenges presented by the lack of legislative or judicial law pertaining to use of social networking information in civil and criminal proceedings. (See Social Networking - Legal and Ethical Issues for Lawyers and Investigators).
Posted by Donna Seyle on 11.5.09 in Law Practice - Law Technology.

A discussion of ethical considerations in obtaining and using social networking content for prosecuting and defending cases.
Posted by Donna Seyle on 11.12.09 in Articles.

Lawyers must look forward and embrace new ways of doing business in order to adapt. Simply cutting costs or making superficial adjustments will not sustain us, and those who do not grab hold of alternatives will not survive the crisis.
Posted by Donna Seyle on 11.24.09 in Law Practice - Law Practice.

One of the primary advantages of incorporating your business, large or small, is to protect your personal assets from business liabilities. When you form a corporation, limited liability company, or similar business entity, a “corporate veil” is created between your personal assets and your business.
Posted by Donna Seyle on 11.30.09 in Business - Corporate Law.

In a recent panel discussion entitled Defining the Law Firm of the Future, the only point on which there was consensus was this: “The firm that will thrive in the future is the firm that is able to deliver better value through innovation and technology.” VALUE. INNOVATION. TECHNOLOGY. How do we start? Below I’m listing what I call the 5 pillars of change that will hopefully help to organize your thoughts around where to begin.
Posted by Donna Seyle on 12.15.09 in Law Practice - Law Practice.

Any real estate professional, who engages in short sale negotiations, is fully aware of just how frustrating the process can be or even downright impossible.
Posted by Donna Seyle on 12.15.09 in Real Estate.

So you've heard all the great cost effective and time saving benefits of managing your law practice online (also known as a virtual law firm), and you start researching your options. All of a sudden you're reading articles that include words and concepts you have no comprehension of: Saas, Iaas, Paas, public clouds, private clouds. Mind starts spinning, eyes glaze over, and soon those well-known desktop applications and fax machines seem like old, comfortable friends. Let's see if I can help you make sense of this.
Posted by Donna Seyle on 12.21.09 in Law Practice - Law Technology.

And I know the same is true for many of you. Exactly how ARE you going to navigate the muddy waters ahead? Well, actually, I have some good news: it's a really exciting place to be! Think about it: how much did you REALLY like the toys you'd been given to play with? Now that they've rolled away, do you miss them? Maybe there are other toys out there that would be a whole lot more fun. So let's take a walk and see if we can find out way through this minefield. Here are the steps I came up with (with a little help from my incredible friends, of course)
Posted by Donna Seyle on 12.31.09 in Law Practice - Law Practice.