How To Start A Law Firm

The How to Start a Law Firm section of FindLaw's Law Firm Management Center provides free resources related to startup issues encountered by solo and small law firm practices. Business issues like Offices and Facilities, Marketing Basics, Startup, Firm Structure, Law Office Supplies and Law Technology are crucial to the ongoing success, operation, and growth of your law firm. Hanging one's shingle is an important undertaking. As a small business owner, you need to understand what it takes to start a law firm in order to make informed decisions that will impact your law practice. Browse, read, and share FindLaw's collection of articles, tips and lists that focus on How to Start a Law Firm.

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    • Flying Solo: Starting Your Own Law Practice

      Whether you have just graduated from law school or have been working at a law firm for decades, starting your own practice is always an option. Although it is scary to consider putting on the pilot's hat and flying your own plane, if you follow some of these guidelines, there is no reason why you cannot learn to fly successfully.

      How Much Does it Cost to Start Your Own Law Firm?

      If you are wondering how much it costs to start your own law firm, then you are probably also seriously considering hanging your own shingle. The good news is that in the long-term, your decision to start your own legal practice could be very beneficial.

      Choosing a Business Structure for Your Law Firm

      Many factors must be considered when choosing the best form of business ownership or structure. The choice you make can have an impact on multiple aspects of your business, including taxes, liability, ownership succession, and others. This article outlines different forms or business ownership and business structure.

      How to Start a Law Firm: Office Furniture and Supplies

      Attorneys looking to start up a firm often look for the best furniture, equipment, and supplies available so as to impress their prospective clients once the office is open. However, lawyers just starting out their careers or making a clean, fresh transition from another practice may have to be more practical in their considerations.

      Write a Business Plan

      A business plan should be a work-in-progress. Even successful, growing businesses should maintain a current business plan. Every successful business plan should include something about each of the following areas.

      State Guides to Obtaining Licenses and Permits

      The following links will direct you to information on how to obtain licenses and permits for your new firm in each of the 50 states and Washington, DC.

How To Start A Law Firm Articles
    • LSPA and Staples Offer Office Supplies and Services
      Provided by Legal Service Providers Association
      The Legal Service Providers Association, the only organization dedicated to the growth and promotion of service providers in the legal industry, today announced that it has partnered with Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., to offer LSPA-exclusive pricing on office supplies. Starting immediately, LSPA members can access discounts of up to 60% on Staples orders including supplies, technology, furniture, facilities and business services.

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    • Eight Guidelines for Ethical Online Law Marketing
      Provided by
      There's no single, "one-size-fits-all" set of ethics rules that apply to every law firm's online legal marketing activities.

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    • IP, Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks FAQs
      Provided by U.S. Small Business Administration

      This article provides common answers to common intellectualy property questions regarding copyright issues.

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    • What is a Small Business?
      Provided by U.S. Small Business Administration
      The Small Business Act states that a small business concern is "one that is independently owned and operated and which is not dominant in its field of operation." The law also states that in determining what constitutes a small business, the definition will vary from industry to industry to reflect industry differences accurately.

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    • Networking for the New Attorney
      Provided by Anne C. O'Donnell of FindLaw
      While there are many different approaches out there, here are nine tips for new attorneys wondering where to start on building their network.

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