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.

  • 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.  

Practice Guide Articles

  • Report: Law Firm Women's Initiatives Lack Strategy and Funding

    Most law firms do have women's initiative programs, however, the NAWL Survey concludes that they lack strategy that is tied to the specific goals of advancement and retention, and they are woefully underfunded. This article addresses the survey's findings which could help to improve your firm's initiatives and strategies.

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  • Attorney Malpractice and the Unintended Client Relationship

    You've been there a thousand times.  Someone finds out your a lawyer and has a "quick legal question" for you. While you want to be helpful, you also don't want to expose yourself to malpractice or create an unintended client relationship. This article focuses on how unintended client relationships can be formed and the best way to navigate through those murky waters.

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  • Unique Challenges of Solo Law Firm Practice

    While much that is written about malpractice claims is applicable to all lawyers, solo attorneys should also understand the unique malpractice dangers of their practice.

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  • 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?

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  • How to Handle Difficult Clients

    A lawyer who has been practicing for any length of time at all no doubt has encountered the "difficult" client. This is not necessarily the client who simply presents a difficult case with complex legal issues, the client who stops paying a lawyer's bills as it nears bankruptcy or even the client who involves the lawyer in conflict of interest or ethics problems.  

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