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
    • Commercial Lease Negotiation Checklist

      In many states, commercial leases are not covered under consumer protection laws that normally safeguard tenant rights. It is assumed that commercial leases are contracts between knowledgeable business people, and therefore less government regulation is needed than in residential leases. Thus it is essential to scrutinize every aspect of the lease and renegotiate unfavorable terms before signing.

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    • How to Negotiate a Commercial Lease

      Leasing a commercial space instead of committing yourself to owning commercial real estate can be an excellent move, but there are fewer tenant-friendly laws and no standard lease agreements. You'll need a lawyer's help to negotiate the best deal on a commercial lease.

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    • Build Client Relationships Through Personal Contact

      Most clients don't know how to judge the depth of your knowledge, skill, judgment or experience. After all, they didn't go to law school and you did, so they couldn't possibly appreciate what you know. But they can measure what they see and feel.

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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 twenty years has the concept of replacing hard copy with a digital image even been considered.

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    • 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.

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