Natural disasters can strike at any time and can devastate a workplace. This is especially true for law offices with their untold thousands of pages of vital client records and their legal duty to protect those files. But what are those duties exactly and how do you go about planning for unknown disasters? Read on for useful tips on how to create disaster plans for your law practice.
Depending on how you structured your law firm, you could be entitled to claim deductions for office equipment and software, but there are important limitations to keep in mind. This article covers the basic rules that apply and how you might be able to upgrade your law firm while easing your tax burden at the same time.
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.
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.
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In general, leasing a commercial space instead of committing yourself to owning commercial real estate can be an excellent move, but there are fewer tenant-friendly laws and no standard lease agreements. You may need a real estate lawyer’s help to negotiate the best deal on a commercial lease.
The best energy and dollar savings are the result of well designed, comprehensive efficiency upgrades to your facility and its systems.
Coworking is an attractive option for the attorney ready to move on from home-based, shoestring operations but not ready for the expense of setting up a private office in town.
In many states, commercial leases are not covered under consumer protection laws that normally safeguard tenant rights. It is assumed that commercial leases are contracts between knowledgeable business people, and therefore less government regulation is needed than in residential leases. Thus it is essential to scrutinize every aspect of the lease and renegotiate unfavorable terms before signing.