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 to Start a Law Firm: Startup Checklist

      Thinking of opening a law office? The following is a simple, basic checklist to get your office up and running, but the checklist will actually vary depending on your individual needs, the type of law you will practice, staffing needs, and various other factors.


      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

      You've made the leap to start your own law firm. You've thought about costs, practice area, and gone through all the items on your startup checklist. Now you need to figure out how to set up your business. Learn more about the various business structures to decide which one is right for your law firm.


      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.

      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.


How To Start A Law Firm Articles
    • Growing a Law Firm: Checking for Conflicts

      Having conflicts can be a good sign. After all, it could mean that you've been busy representing a number of clients and interests. However, failing to have a good conflict checking system could bring that all to an end by forcing you to withdraw from representing clients or, worse yet, by forcing you to defend yourself against malpractice allegations. This article can help you avoid these problems as it covers ways to organize your client information and to setup a conflict checking system.

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    • Growing a Law Firm: Creating an Employee Handbook

      The staffing decisions that you make for your growing law firm could be the determining factors in your firm's future success or failure. That's why it's important to make sure your employees understand your organization and their roles in it. Employee handbooks are a critical part of that process. Make sure you're covering what's needed in your law firm employee handbook with this article's helpful overview.

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    • Growing a Law Firm: LLP or PC

      Getting your law firm off the ground wasn't easy, but making sure that it continues to grow can be just as challenging. One of the fundamental questions you'll face is how to structure your firm for success in the future. This article addresses the characteristics and strategies associated with various corporate structures to help you decide which one is right for your firm.

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    • Malpractice and the Attorney Client Trust Account

      Failing to properly set up and maintain an attorney client trust account is one sure fire way to find yourself embroiled in malpractice allegations down the road. This article will highlight some of the unsuspecting dangers that lurk when handling client funds as well as the relatively simple ways you can avoid them.

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    • Managing a Virtual Law Practice

      It's inevitable to face challenges when you're operating a virtual law practice, but you may not be aware of all that is required of your practice, including the ethical rules that apply. This article will help you identify and manage the potential problem areas that could arise.

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