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 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.

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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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    • Marketing a Startup Solo Law Practice

      Although success as a solo requires much trial and error, some steps that I took to market my business from the beginning really paid off.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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