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Month: August 2008

Starting a Law Firm | Creating a Budget

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! A primary key to successfully starting a law firm is managing money to keep your doors open. What I mean is, you definitely do not want to start your criminal law firm from zero dollars in the bank at the beginning of the game. Cash is necessary to whether those first couple of months when theoretically nothing is coming in the door. Getting cash can occur through any number of ways, the primary means of which are: (1)family; (2) loans; and/or (3) credit cards. But getting the cash is no consolation if you don’t know how much you need to survive. Enter the […]

Starting a Law Firm | General Update

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! If you have been reading this for a while, you know there is a lot going on and a lot involved in starting a law firm. I guess in reality it could be done easier and faster than I’m doing it, but I’ve got the time and I am committed to success, and success takes planning, and planning takes time. I decided since most of my posts are pretty topic specific I should give an overview of what I’ve been doing on a bit of a day to day basis to get things rolling. So here is some inside information. In the past […]

Starting a Law Firm | Mentors

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! Whether you are newly out of law school or a seasoned veteran, if you have not tried starting a law firm, figuring it all out can be a daunting task. How do you get past this shortcoming? Ask someone who has already done it for help. One of the great things about many attorneys, particularly those that have hung a shingle or tried to start a law firm, is that they can remember what it felt like when they started. And most of the time there was someone that took a little time out of their day to provide some insight and advice […]

Starting a Law Firm | Drafting the Law Firm Business Plan Part 2

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! You can see part 1 of Drafting the Law Firm Business Plan here As I work through this law firm business plan I am hit with a very harsh reality: my new criminal defense law firm is going to thrive or falter based solely on what I do. If you sit down and think about that for a second, that is some pretty heady stuff. And believe me, when it is actually your butt on the line, it can take your breath away. How do you get through this fear of failure? How do you get through the anxiety that should be associated […]

Starting a Law Firm | Drafting the Law Firm Business Plan Part 1

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! I feel like I have finally exhausted all possibilities regarding naming my new law firm, so it’s on to the next step of starting a law firm. And if you can read I bet you already know what it is. Yep, you guessed it, drafting a law firm business plan. Most people associate business plans with asking for money. While it is true that to have any real shot at getting a loan from anyone other than a relative a business plan is a must (particularly with the economic reality we face today), business plans offer so much more. They make you focus […]

Starting a Law Firm | Naming a Law Firm Part 3

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! If you’ve been paying attention at all to How to Start a Law Firm, you know that I have been contemplating naming my law firm for quite some time. I talked about the basics of picking a name for your business and then delved further into the problems I’ve encountered naming my law firm (you can get the old posts here and here). It’s been quite an ordeal. I wasn’t going to walk you through the specifics, mainly because I didn’t want anyone stealing my law firm name before I had a chance to choose it. But, in the end, I’ve decided not […]
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