Lessons Learned Going from Government to BigLaw to Solo Practice
Starting a law firm after 13 years of practice in government and at a law firm is a very different proposition than going solo soon after law school. Chris Hill made it work. Here’s how, and what he learned.
The Importance of Long Term Goals for Your Practice
Most solo attorneys operate with the business mantra of "just keep the lights on this month." That's a good place to start, but you need to set your goals higher. If you do, you are 100% more likely to develop the practice you want.
Q: Can I Make a Part-Time Law Practice Work?
A: Part-time law practice comes with its own set of challenges, but you can absolutely make it work — and it is a heckuva lot smarter than trying to have a law practice in your spare time. In fact, if you can balance the competing demands of a law practice and whatever you need to […]
Q: Is Starting a Law Practice in My Spare Time a Good Idea?
A: Among lawyers dissatisfied with their current occupation (hereinafter “Evil Day Job” or “EDJ”), it is a popular fantasy that it is a good idea to start a law practice in one’s spare time. Undoubtedly, some lawyers have done so successfully. This does not mean it is a good idea. The problem boils down to […]
“In most states, there is no reason to form a Corporation anymore “
CPA/attorney and LAB member, Jeff Vandrew, on the difference between entity choice and tax status: A single member LLC has a choice of the following tax statutes: disregarded entity (like a sole proprietorship), S-corporation, or C-corporation. A multi-member LLC has a choice of the following tax statutes: partnership, S-corporation, or C-corporation. A corporation has a […]
New Lawyers and Marketing: the Velociraptor You Don’t See
Some lawyers are so focused on marketing that they may get blindsided by other essential parts of a law practice: lawyering and running a business.
The Time Trap: Going Solo Won’t Free Up Your Schedule
The most successful lawyers are also some of the hardest-working lawyers. If you don’t want to work hard, you are in the wrong profession.
Lessons Learned as a New Solo (Part 1 of 2)
A newly minted solo attorney shares his lessons learned in starting your own practice.
How Much is Technology Really Changing Law Practice?
With all of the new gadgets out there for practitioners, how much has the practice of law actually changing?
Solos Are Punk Rock Stars!
Solos exhibit all the important traits of both the Punk and DIY ethics: independence, freedom, self-reliance, mobility, and integrity.
Can You Really Start a Law Practice for Under $3,000?
Starting a law practice doesn’t have to be expensive. A few years ago, Sam added up the “necessities” (reasonable lawyers disagree on whether Sam left out some necessities) and came to about $3,000 for the first year. He’d be the first to caution that diving into a new practice with a hard $3,000 budget is […]
Law Office Management Assistance Programs (LOMAP)
Looking for legal marketing & practice management resources? See if your state bar has a Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP).
Starting a Practice: What it Takes to Succeed
Starting a practice--and succeeding at it--takes commitment and desire. Without those things, most law practices are doomed to fail.
The Future of Law Practice (Panel Discussion at Hamline University School of Law)
An overview of the state of the legal profession and speculations about the future. This post is rife with retrospection, conjecture, and speculation.
Procrastination and Boredom, Evil Twins
8 ways to fight procrastination and boredom in your law practice for improved productivity.