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
    • 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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    • 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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    • Starting a Virtual Law Firm

      There are always challenges when you decide to strike out on your own and the same is true when starting a virtual law firm. This article covers key factors and strategies that you will need to consider as you get your virtual practice off the ground.

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    • 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.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Law Firm Office Systems Make an Efficient Lawyer

      Most lawyers starting a practice anticipate and understand the challenges of starting up a law firm such as negotiating a lease, obtaining equipment for their new firm, and staffing. However, many do not look ahead at establishing the necessary office systems to ensure the firm operates smoothly from Day One.

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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.

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