Starting a Law Firm


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.

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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.


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.


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.

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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.


Podcast #42: How to Choose a Law Partner, with Jayne Sykora & Jen Santini

Law partners Jayne Sykora and Jennifer Santini have great advice on figuring out if you want a partner to start your practice, and how to choose one. Before that, Sam and Aaron discuss the security of If This Then That and Zapier. Task Automation Services and Data Security If This Then That and Zapier Are […]


Podcast #41: Reflecting on the Shingle Life, with Josh Camson

Josh Camson reflects on nearly six years of law practice and the column he wrote when he was just starting out: “The Shingle Life.” Plus, Sam and Aaron break down Net Promoter Score, the closest you’ll get to a magic number for growing your law practice. Breaking Down Net Promoter Score Surveying your current and former […]


Creating a Business Plan, Step Two: How to Actually Write Your Business Plan

Write your business plan to organize your law firm's mission, organization, finances, and other goals.


Podcast #32: Sonia Miller Van Oort’s Non-Traditional Law Firm

What does a law firm look like without the traditional hierarchy? Sona Miller Van Oort's firm has a flat governance structure, transparent compensation, and offers alternative-fee arrangements to every client. Plus, why it's silly to let your hardware dictate your law-firm policy.


Podcast #31: Shantelle Argyle’s Non-Profit Law Firm

Shantelle Argyle has a non-profit law firm, something many people talk about but few attempt. Well, the non-profit firm Argyle co-founded doesn't just work, it's flourishing. Find out more on today's podcast after we talk about the ridiculous disconnect between law and science — and by the way, should trials be held virtually?


Podcast #27: Omar Ha-Redeye on Incubating the Future of Access to Justice

Omar Ha-Redeye is (among other impressive things) co-founder of Fleet Street Law, a law practice incubator focusing on innovation and increasing access to justice. In today's podcast, he talks about how the legal industry is changing and what that means for the future of access to justice. But first, we try to figure out why lawyers let receivables become a problem.


Law Firm Revenue Target Calculator

Check up on your revenue targets often enough to gauge the health of your firm.


Lawyer Hourly Rate Calculator

Figuring out what to charge is hard when you are just starting out. It’s made harder by bar associations, which are wary of allowing any discussion of fees on their discussion lists. But whether or not you are going to charge hourly rates, you need to know what your time is worth.