Financing A Law Firm

The Law Firm Finance section of FindLaw's Law Firm Management Center provides free resources related to financial issues encountered by solo and small law firm practices. Business issues such as Finance Basics, Legal Funding, Loans and Credit Cards, How to Price Legal Services, and Closing Business are vital to the long-term success of your law firm. Finance is the engine that propels business. As a small business owner, you need to understand financial issues well enough to make informed decisions that impact your law practice. Browse, read, and share FindLaw's collection of articles, tips, and lists that focus on Law Firm Finance.

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  • How to Price Your Legal Services

    Setting fees for legal services is obviously a major issue to consider, not only when establishing your practice, but throughout the life of your law firm. There are various ways to price your fees. Some methods require heavy calculations, while others simply require you to survey the market to help determine your fees.

  • Financing Basics: Do You Have Enough Business Capital?

    Sufficient capital is essential for a successful business, as is having the understanding of how to manage it properly. To avoid missteps, there are several key considerations every business owner should reflect upon before seeking financing.  


  • What Attorneys Should Know About Accepting Credit Cards

    While achieving victories for your client is certainly rewarding, the case really doesn't end for you until your fees are paid. Many firms take credit card payments as this is often an easier option for clients, but it's important to understand how the credit card purchasing process works. This article covers some of the key credit card processes you'll encounter as well as more affordable options that exist.

  • Financial Management in a Contingent Fee Practice

    This article illustrates how borrowing funds and converting non-deductible litigation expenses into tax deductible expenses has the cumulative dual benefits of creating a larger pool of funds for law firm investment in litigation costs, growth and partner distributions, and reducing the firm's net cost of using borrowed funds.


  • What is a Balance Sheet?

    The balance sheet is a statement of an organization's financial condition on a given date. It is a crucial tool for you and others to understand the value of your company and the state of its financial health. Find out more about the various sections that make up a balance sheet.

  • Lawyers: Accepting Credit Card Payments Via Smartphone or Tablet

    With mobile credit card processing through your smartphone or tablet, it's easier than ever to get your legal fees paid by credit card.


Financing A Law Firm Articles
    • Five Ways Attorneys Waste Money

      The one thing that's predictable about litigation is that it's completely unpredictable. Even when you have a case centering on a novel question of the law, you could still find yourself dragged into a month's long dispute over service of process. In spite of these uncertainties in the process, there are still ways to make your litigation practice more efficient and better equipped to deal with the changing currents of litigation. The first step is identifying the inefficiencies. Read on to learn about five common attorney inefficiencies that can harm you and your clients.

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    • What Attorneys Should Know About Accepting Credit Cards

      While achieving victories for your client is certainly rewarding, the case really doesn't end for you until your fees are paid. Many firms take credit card payments as this is often an easier option for clients, but it's important to understand how the credit card purchasing process works. This article covers some of the key credit card processes you'll encounter as well as more affordable options that exist.

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    • Litigation Funding: Is It Right for Your Case?

      Litigation funding services have been put in place to provide relief to people who are involved in pending litigation and through no fault of their own, need financial assistance, but do not qualify for traditional loan products. However, litigation funding can be, and often is, expensive. How do you know if this is right for your case?

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    • Small Business Succession Planning Strategies

      There are more than 27 million small business owners in the United States. At some point during the life of the business, many business owners will have to decide when the right time to step out of the business will be, and the best way to do it. There are many tools business owners can use to transfer their business. Selecting the right one will depend on the circumstances -- whether business owners plan to retire from the business or keep it until they die. If the business owner has partners, it can be one of the most important decisions a business owner will make.

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    • How to Price Your Legal Services

      Setting fees for legal services is obviously a major issue to consider, not only when establishing your practice, but throughout the life of your law firm. There are various ways to price your fees. Some methods require heavy calculations, while others simply require you to survey the market to help determine your fees.

      Read More »

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