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
    • E-Discovery Processing Cycle Time Explained

      E-discovery has evolved over the last decade from a largely paper-based system to an increasingly complex digital one. The amount of information companies are managing has grown to epic proportions-routinely terabytes of data per matter. For corporate legal teams, managing their e-discovery has become a daunting prospect, particularly when it involves meeting deadlines.

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    • Software Overload: Issues with Technology or Processes?

      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?

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    • Law Firm Office Systems Make an Efficient Lawyer

      Most lawyers starting a practice anticipate and understand the challenges of starting up a law firm such as negotiating a lease, obtaining equipment for their new firm, and staffing. However, many do not look ahead at establishing the necessary office systems to ensure the firm operates smoothly from Day One.

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    • Law Firm IT Policy: Guidelines for Safeguarding User Privacy

      A well-drafted law firm IT policy will establish procedural safeguards to ensure that access to private user data and communications is gained only when appropriate.

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    • Managing Legal Document Integrity and Security

      In today's fast-paced world of electronic information, it's easy to forget that creating a document in digital form is truly revolutionary. In the scope of history, computers themselves are relative newcomers, and only in the last few decades has the concept of replacing hard copy with a digital image even been considered.

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