Starting a Law Firm

Starting a law firm is one of the most exciting things you can do.

To get started you will need to select your law practice niche; launch a website or law blog; get some malpractice insurance; stock your office with the necessary technology and software, including a ScanSnap s1500 scanner for your paperless law office; put together a marketing plan, a social media plan, and a networking plan; decide on your billing structure; and decide if you need an office or if you will be a virtual law office.

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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 to Select a Law Firm Business Entity

Deciding on the right business entity for your firm is one of the most important decisions you can make. Here's what you need to know to choose wisely.


Podcast #5: Brian Tannebaum’s Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering

Morning pages, robot lawbreakers, and an interview with Brian Tannebaum, the eminent law blogger who just published The Practice: Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering.


Podcast #3: Carolyn Elefant on Advance Planning for Going Solo

In today’s podcast, we discuss what you can and should do in advance if you are planning to go solo.


“Those Who Can’t Do, Teach” Apparently Applies to FIU’s Solo Practice Incubator

The Florida International University LawBridge program “provided highly subsidized office space and personalized training for law graduates wanting to start their own law firms.” Call it a solo practice incubator. Unfortunately, LawBridge’s own business plan was shaky. Its landlord found a paying tenant and canceled LawBridge’s donated space. Now the program is considering throwing in […]


Retirement Options for Solo and Small Law Firms

Going solo does not mean foregoing a comfortable retirement. There are plenty of options to make sure you aren't litigating on your death bed.


Book Review: The Practice

The Practice: Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering is full of excellent advice from Brian Tannebaum about how be a lawyer and build a successful law practice from a lawyer who likes to play the part of a troll online. I have been reading Brian Tannebaum’s blog for almost as long as he has been writing it, […]


7 Solos You Meet at Bar Functions

Bar functions are full of solo lawyers, and the solos you meet at bar functions will tend to resemble these archetypes.


New Solo Technology Shopping List: the Basics

Choosing a laptop and selecting a document scanner aren’t covered in law school. To make it easier, here is my “shopping list” for new solos. Just get what you need and get back to focusing on your clients instead of poring over practice management software reviews. Obviously, this does not cover everything you need, but […]


Podcast: Essentials for Starting a Law Practice

At this year’s Clio Cloud Conference, I sat down with Adriana Linares to talk about what you need to spend money on at the start of a new law practice.


The One Secret to Online Legal Marketing

All law-firm websites plans should be created with this one simple idea in mind.


Is There a Future for Solos and Small Firms?

“I do not see much of a future (beyond 2020) for most small firms ….” — Richard Susskind, Tomorrow’s Lawyers


Going Solo: Debunking the Top Ten Fears

Going solo with your legal practice may not be as scary as it seems.


Go Rural, Young Lawyer!

In tough economic times like these, some new lawyers may want to open their minds to a different type of risk and go west — or north, or south, or east — to find a job beyond their urban dreams.


Law Firm Finances: Everything You Need to Get Started

This is a must-read for anyone who manages a law firm's finances or is even thinking about starting one.