Startup

This is FindLaw's Law Firm Management Center's collection of free articles on Startup. Startup refers to the very early stages of running a solo or small law practice. There are many business details to consider in the early stages of starting and running your law practice. Start your research with FindLaw.
Startup Articles
    • Flying Solo: 5 Key Lessons From Starting My Own Practice

      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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    • How to Perform Solo and Small Law Firm Client Intake

      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.

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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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    • How to Start a Law Firm: Picking a Practice Area

      Picking a practice area for your law practice is an important decision for many reasons including: avoiding legal malpractice; being able to pay the bills; and career satisfaction. Increasingly, clients expect their lawyers to focus their practices on a particular area of the law.

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    • 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.

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    • Hiring a Legal Administrator

      When it comes to management at law firms, management does not simply refer to case management. It is also connotes the fact that law firms are businesses. Therefore, lawyers must also manage the business aspects of the firm, including payroll, purchasing supplies, and human resources. However, most lawyers are not specifically trained to handle the business side and would prefer to stick to the legal matters.

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    • Strategies for Small Business Owners in a Down Economy

      Teresa Mason, CPA and chair of the California Society of CPAs Small Business Advisory Committee, discusses basic strategies small business owners can pursue as we move into tough economic waters.

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    • 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.

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    • Starting a Law Firm: Finding Your Niche

      A key decision when launching a new firm is deciding "what you are." The days of the general practice lawyer are gone. Your chances for success are much greater if you limit yourself to a particular area of law where you can become an expert.

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    • What is a Small Business?

      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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