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How to Start a Law Firm

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Fat Stacks: How Much Does It Cost to Start a Law Firm?

Do you have $500? Good. You’re the proud owner of a new law firm! (Seriously, congratulations.) Thanks mostly to the spate of technology advances made possible by cloud services, it is cheaper to practice law than ever before, because lawyers ...

Jared Correia - June 14, 2017

Nimble Legal Tech Companies on How They’re Here to Help

During the ABA TECHSHOW 2017 program "The Startups Are Coming," Andrew Arruda suggested we reframe the sentiment to: "The nimble companies are here to help you." Not as sexy but a lot more accurate than an analogous popular refrain: "Robot ...

Tim Baran - April 5, 2017
Five Tips for Starting Your Own Law Firm

Five Tips for Starting Your Own Law Firm

When I graduated from law school in 2010, legal jobs were hard to find. After a brief stint as a staff attorney, I wasn't optimistic about finding a job that would fulfill the dreams that led me to law school in the first place. So, I started ...

Jeff Kerr - December 9, 2016

Starting a Law Firm: Never a Dumb Question

The following is an excerpt from the MyCase e-book “Starting a Law Firm: Never a Dumb Question” by Edward Poll. “There is no such thing as a dumb question.” This has been the commonly repeated mantra of teachers everywhere. This ...

Edward Poll - March 3, 2016

Five Win-Win Ethics Tips for Start-ups and Solos

It's a win-win. The best strategies for keeping your startup on the straight and narrow, ethics-wise, are often the same strategies that help your practice grow. Mark Bassingthwaighte, risk advisor for malpractice insurance carrier ALPS, ...

Joan Feldman - October 9, 2015

Five Things to Look for in Shared Office Space

Law firms have long been known for sprawling offices, in which even the most junior associates enjoy their own private workspace. While that’s changing as larger firms adopt standard-size offices and move support staff to clustered workstations, ...

Ron Bockstahler - October 7, 2015
Tech Tips Friday Five

Must-Have Tech Tools to Start Up a Law Practice

What’s the “bare minimum” technology a lawyer needs to start up a solo law practice today? For this month's Friday 5+ Tech Tips, we asked practice management tech experts Jim Calloway, Heidi Alexander, Catherine Sanders Reach and Carole Levitt ...

The Editors - September 25, 2015

Not Just for Solos: Seven Startup Tips

In a few months, I will celebrate my third anniversary as a solo practitioner. Without question, this experience has been the most rewarding of my nearly 16 years practicing labor and employment law. In reflecting on this arbitrary milestone, I ...

Russell Adler - July 2, 2015
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Outsourcing for Beginners

When you open a solo law practice, especially early in your career, it’s easy enough to do everything yourself. Often you’re too poor to hire anyone anyhow, and if you haven’t yet built up your book of business, you have the time to figure ...

Ruth Carter - December 10, 2013

Is Solo Practice a Good Fit for You?

In previous posts we asked the question, "How Much Does It Cost to Start a New Solo Firm?" And we received some great advice from practice management experts and a few newly minted solos on how much seed money it takes to start up a solo ...

Ellyn Caruso - August 14, 2012