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.
Podcast #17: Ken White on Popehat, Censorious Douchebags, and Building a Successful Law Firm
Ken White and his partner started his firm with rented desks and unreliable phones and built their firm to around a dozen lawyers today. Meanwhile, he became a champion of free speech by defending bloggers threatened by censorious douchebags. He also reveals the secret of the name Popehat.
Sam & Aaron start out today's show by talking about legal hacking, about which Aaron is a little confused and Sam is pretty interested.
Creating a Business Plan, Step One: What They Are and Why You Need One
A business plan will help you figure out how your firm will stand out when it comes to getting clients, attracting talent, and getting funding.
Podcast #12: Ellie Krug on Starting a Firm and Litigating as Both a Man and as a Woman
Google is going to start directly penalizing websites that aren’t mobile device–friendly. We explain why this is important. Also, in its secret labs Google is learning to tell whether you are lying or not. Just something else to worry about. Then, in this week’s interview, Ellie Krug has a lot of interesting things to say […]
Podcast #10: David Sparks on Going Solo with a Mac
Law school admissions are dropping, but the bar exam is getting harder. Is a smaller bar inevitable? After Sam and Aaron try to figure that out, David Sparks talks about starting a brand-new solo practice, including the Mac tools he is using to make it work.
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.