Practice Guide

The Practice Guide section of FindLaw's Law Firm Management Center provides free resources dedicated to operational and risk management issues encountered by solo and small law firm practices. Business issues such as Disaster Preparedness, Malpractice Insurance, Client Relations and Practice News are critically important to the success and survival of your law practice. Risk management limits business liability exposure and can put your practice on the road to recovery in the event of a disaster. Staying current on the news, events and trends in your practice area allow you to keep ahead of the competition. Managing the client relationship is a core issue and challenge for any law practice. As a small business owner, you need to understand these issues well enough to make informed decisions that impact your law practice. Browse, read, and share FindLaw's free collection of articles, news and tips that make up the Practice Guide.

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    • State of the Legal Profession: Client Driven Innovation

      Innovation in the legal services industry is frequently driven by client demand. Over the years, large corporate clients, in particular, have had a substantial impact on the way law firms handle core matters, such as billing and staffing. Recently, large clients have established new varieties of financial and practical requirements that legal service providers must meet.

      Answers to Common Legal Malpractice Insurance Questions

      Before you consider buying malpractice insurance, it is important to understand the basics of insurance.You need insurance in order to protect yourself and your clients. As with other types of insurance, malpractice coverage can protect your personal assets against loss. In addition, as attorneys cannot limit their personal liability by agreement or entity selection, insurance provides protection against catastrophic loss.


      Negotiating Better Results for Your Law Firm's Clients

      For a number of years I have been doing research into how one's behaviors at the negotiation table affects financial and other outcomes. For lawyers who negotiate on their clients' behalf day in and day out, understanding this connection could be highly beneficial, or failing to notice it, highly detrimental.

      Thinking About Law Firm Risk Management

      If you're a good lawyer, you won't get sued for malpractice. This belief may be comforting, but it's a myth. Good (and bad) lawyers get sued. There is no simple way to predict if your client will sue you for malpractice. In fact, risk management begins as soon as a person becomes a potential client.  


      How to Deal with Difficult Clients

      Though no one will admit it, more than a few attorneys who are otherwise competent negotiators have returned to their office after a client meeting, closed the door, plotted revenge or, worse, wept (metaphorically speaking). Why do some clients have this aggravating effect?

      Team Conflict Management

      Watching fireworks light up a summer sky awakens the wonder in us all. When fireworks light up a conference room and team members are ready to explode, it can be the true test of your Project Management and leadership skills. When team conflict is enthusiastic, challenging and results in a better outcome, it's healthy and a sign of a team that trusts each other enough to engage in debate and discourse.


Practice Guide Articles
    • State of the Legal Profession: Client Driven Innovation
      Provided by Andrew Zangrilli of FindLaw

      Innovation in the legal services industry is frequently driven by client demand. Over the years, large corporate clients, in particular, have had a substantial impact on the way law firms handle core matters, such as billing and staffing. Recently, large clients have established new varieties of financial and practical requirements that legal service providers must meet.

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    • Team Conflict Management
      Provided by Michelle LaBrosse of Cheetah Project Management

      Watching fireworks light up a summer sky awakens the wonder in us all. When fireworks light up a conference room and team members are ready to explode, it can be the true test of your Project Management and leadership skills. When team conflict is enthusiastic, challenging and results in a better outcome, it's healthy and a sign of a team that trusts each other enough to engage in debate and discourse.

      Read More »

    • Thinking About Law Firm Risk Management
      Provided by Editorial Staff of FindLaw

      If you're a good lawyer, you won't get sued for malpractice. This belief may be comforting, but it's a myth. Good (and bad) lawyers get sued. There is no simple way to predict if your client will sue you for malpractice. In fact, risk management begins as soon as a person becomes a potential client.  

      Read More »

    • Answers to Common Legal Malpractice Insurance Questions
      Provided by Editorial Staff of FindLaw

      Before you consider buying malpractice insurance, it is important to understand the basics of insurance.You need insurance in order to protect yourself and your clients. As with other types of insurance, malpractice coverage can protect your personal assets against loss. In addition, as attorneys cannot limit their personal liability by agreement or entity selection, insurance provides protection against catastrophic loss.

      Read More »

    • Don't Let Personal Injury Liens Be a Headache for Your Practice
      Provided by Anne C. O'Donnell of FindLaw
      Liens are a difficult aspects of personal injury law practice. But liens don't have to cause you a major headache.

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