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Podcast #135: How to Shop for Malpractice Insurance, with JoAnn Hathaway

In this episode Legal Malpractice Insurance in One Hour for Lawyers author JoAnn Hathaway explains why you need malpractice insurance and how to shop for it.

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Podcast #133: Why Lawyers Need to Learn Design, with Alix Devendra

In this episode Alix Devendra explains why lawyers need to learn and apply design thinking in their law practices. Design is just a process for creative problem solving, and lawyers building client-centered law practices need design thinking as well as legal thinking to build successful client-service models.

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Use this hourly rate calculator to find out what your time is worth.

How to Keep Your Solo Practice Sustainable and Lean

Make sure you can keep your solo practice running until it succeeds by keeping costs down and overhead low.

How Much Do Solos Really Make?

Well, if you are considering starting your own firm—solo or not—I don't think you should get hung up on these numbers.

Law Firm Tax Planning 101

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How to Deduct Travel Expenses

As a lawyer, you often have to travel to serve your clients. Sitting around is simply not an option. Make sure to deduct those travel expenses for your next tax filing.

The Pros and Cons of Incorporating Your Practice As A Solo Practitioner

Setting up a business entity can minimize your annual tax bill. Many successful solo attorneys operate their practice as a corporation or other separate entity. Here's how you will determine if that is right for you.

Can a Coworking Space Work for Lawyers?

If you only see your family and the person delivering your takeout food, you might want to consider an alternative working arrangement. A coworking space might be the answer to your problems.

Don’t Let Another Attorney Backseat Drive Your Case

Blind reliance is bad; listening to your peers is good. When another attorney tells you that your pants are on fire, heed the warning, but don't take off your pants.

How To Make Money in Small Claims Court

For many lawyers, representing clients in small claims court is not financially feasible. Your time is simply too valuable. But advising small claims litigants can be a good way to both increase your monthly income and start developing some courtroom skills if you are just starting out solo.