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 to Start a Law Firm: Startup Checklist
Thinking of opening a law office? The following is a simple, basic checklist to get your office up and running, but the checklist will actually vary depending on your individual needs, the type of law you will practice, staffing needs, and various other factors.
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
You've made the leap to start your own law firm. You've thought about costs, practice area, and gone through all the items on your startup checklist. Now you need to figure out how to set up your business. Learn more about the various business structures to decide which one is right for your law firm.
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.Federal and State Business Licensing Requirements
Lawyers looking to start a firm should look into any federal or state license or permit requirements which may be applicable to them.
FindLaw guest columnist, attorney, and "Kelly's Court" legal commentator Jonna Spilbor reveals the advantages she enjoyed and the risks she took in recently deciding to found her own solo legal practice. From her own experience, Spilbor derives five key lessons for aspiring solo practitioners, covering topics ranging from budgeting, to choosing an office, to tailoring that office to your own needs and preferences, to hiring an assistant, to finding clients, to keeping those clients happy.
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Smaller law firms have all sorts of challenges when it comes to technology. Rather than looking for a technology solution, what if it turns out the problem lies within processes and mindsets?
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.
As a solo or small law firm practitioner, the client intake process can be a very crucial part of establishing the right attorney-client relationship at the outset.