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Month: October 2008

How to Start a Law Firm | Specialty Practice or General Practice?

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! So, you’ve decided to start a law firm. Great. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or newly out of law school a very important decision that needs to be made before you start out on your own is if you want to have a specialty law practice or niche law firm, or if you want to be a general practice law firm, handling a little of everything. If you have some experience in a particular area this may be a fairly easy decision. Depending on the work available (and never, ever let the fact that you are a small firm keep you from […]

Starting a Law Firm | Networking to Get Clients

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 there is one constant in any law firm, whether just starting out or established for decades, it is the need for new business. In almost any circumstance, current clients, although possibly returning for services at a later date, will only need your services for a short amount of time (or for a limited need). Once a project or conflict is resolved, then the client moves on and you are left needing a new client. Getting clients to your new law firm in most cases is not that hard. There is, however, a right way and a wrong way to do (or at […]

Starting a Law Firm | Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

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! In a previous post I laid out my starting a law firm to do list, including 13 or so items I needed to get done so my firm can hit the ground running when the doors open. So far I haven’t gotten any of the things done, though I have started at least 3 of the to do list items. As I look back through the list again I can see I have set myself up for failure for two reasons – so I need to modify the to do list and modify my philosophy for completing the to do list. First and […]

Starting a Law Firm | The Best Law Firm Website

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 are starting a law firm and haven’t thought about what your website will look like, how you will get people to your website, or what purposes your website will serve, you have not yet gotten out of the starting blocks. And you will notice that I didn’t mention considering having a website. If you are going to have a law firm in this day and age, you need to have a website. And if you are going to have a law firm website, you might as well make sure people can find it. Below I’ll give you a little information answering […]

Opening a Law Firm | New To Do List

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! In the past few weeks a lot has happened, slowing my posting here. First, I am officially an eminent domain trial lawyer! I finished up my case in Kansas and ended up with a great result. Second, I am preparing for my move to Seattle, Washington, which will take place in exactly three weeks! And although my Seattle DUI law practice won’t be able to open until May, there is a lot I can do now to get ready. The New Starting a Law Firm To-Do List So, without further delay, here is what is next on my list of things to do […]

Starting a Law Firm | Does the Economy Matter?

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! The short answer is no, you should not worry about the economy when starting a law firm. The practice of law seems to be a funny thing in that even in hard times legal advice is needed. That is not to say, however, that when the economy is tanking, as it is right now, that you can just announce you are open for business and begin counting money. The Top 5 Things You can do to Help Your Law Firm Survive an Economic Downturn 1. Make Sure the Law Firm Business Plan is Well Thought Out and Very Thorough. Know how they say […]
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