If you've recently decided to hang up your shingle, you're mind is probably swimming with questions in how to start a law firm.
Don't worry. There's a whole world of information out there, on the world wide web.
Several years ago, the ABA's Law Practice Today newsletter ran a piece on 50 Web Resources for the Suddenly Solo Lawyer. They recently re-ran this piece with updated information. The article had some fabulous suggestions but we decided to add some of our own suggestions, as well.
Here's our pick of the top 5 resources:
- ABA Section of General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Management. This group is the definitive source of small firm information. While you do have to pay to become a member of the ABA, you can benefit from their online magazines simply by visiting their site. Their magazine, GP Solo, usually has some excellent articles.
- Oklahoma State Bar's Web Directory for Solos. This web directory has numerous links to resources for solo attorneys, including articles on fee agreements, client management and marketing.
- IRS Starting a New Business page: When starting a new business, be sure to check out tax issues. The IRS has listed a few helpful items for your new venture.
- Going Solo on a Budget: This is a great article in the ABA Journal on the costs of starting a law office. The author provides some excellent advice on a range of issues.
- FindLaw's How to Start a Law Firm. Here's a comprehensive source of information on a broad range of topics, from initial considerations to financing your law office.
Of course, never underestimate the value of paid resources. Marketing your firm is important and an online presence is crucial, in this day and age. FindLaw's marketing teams can help you launch your online law firm presence.
- FindLaw Marketing Consultants (FindLaw)
- Going Solo: 3 Things to Consider Before Taking the Plunge (FindLaw's Strategist)
- Law Firm Branding 101: How to Develop Your Niche (FindLaw's Strategist)