Law Firm Business for Small Law Firms - Strategist
Strategist - The FindLaw Law Firm Business Blog

Recently in Law Firm Business Category

You've hung your shingle. Now it's time to take it down. Whether you're retiring, moving across the country, joining another firm, or giving up on the law, you've decided to shutter your firm.

But closing a law firm isn't like shutting down any other business. You still have ethical responsibilities to take care of when closing up shop. Here's what you should do.

Is Business Slow for Your Solo Practice? Here's What to Do.

Every solo lawyer knows the anxiety of too few clients and too little business. Lawyers often complain about not having enough time in the day. But when free time actually does come around, they start to get worried.

If business is slow, you have to be proactive. For example, it may be time to start contacting past clients to seek a referral. But get ready to be rejected: people generally only want to see their lawyer when something has already gone wrong. Here are a few tips to help you get past your slow business slump.

Your business is growing and you're lucky enough to need another pair of hands to handle all the work. So you've hired an associate, hoping that by bringing on another attorney, you can take on bigger cases, generate bigger pay-outs, and help another lawyer start off their career.

But not all work relationships work out. Sometimes, you have to say goodbye to your associate hires -- or rather, "you're fired." Here's when you should let an associate go.

Lawyering in the age of Yelp can pose some tricky issues. No one likes to be reviewed like they were the neighborhood Thai restaurant, especially when the review is negative, or even false. But lawyers with online reviews are more likely to be hired.

And while online review sites have been around for more than a decade now, best practices and the law are both evolving. To help keep you up to date, here are the top five recent developments in online lawyer reviews, from the FindLaw archives.

How to Deal With Foreign and Non-Native Clients

Unless you're part of a large multi-national law firm, you'll have only your small firm or even only yourself to rely on when dealing with clients from foreign countries. This leads to a conundrum. You want clients from across the globe, but are you equipped to handle them?

Perhaps you are, but it never hurts to be politely reminded of some of the basic best practices a lawyer should follow in when dealing with a foreign client.

As an attorney, your job isn't just to successfully handle a client's legal issue. It's also to let them know that their legal problems are being solved. Keeping on top of client communications is key to keeping clients informed and satisfied. But does that mean that you have to check in on a daily basis, or answer calls that come at two in the morning? Not exactly.

Here are our five best tips for dealing with and improving your client communications, from the FindLaw archives.

If you're finally ready to hang your own shingle, there's one thing you need to keep in mind: running a law firm means running a business. Even if you're the sharpest legal mind in the state, you're not going to survive if you don't have any business smarts.

So before you start out on your own, make sure you have a basic grasp on business fundamentals first.

5 Skills Lawyers Must Have to Succeed Today

The practice of law is not easy. It doesn't help that the legal field is becoming increasingly competitive. To stay on top, it's important to get back to the basics by focusing on the skills that make you a success. No matter what area of law you practice, having these five skills will help you to thrive in your day-to-day life as a modern attorney.

Artificial intelligence and automated legal services aren't anywhere near advanced enough to replace lawyers in serious legal matters. But they're getting closer by the day. And even simple technologies like online legal forms are undermining some attorney business.

How's an attorney supposed to compete when the competition is clad in chrome and capable of processing thousands of documents in the blink of an eye? By being human.

Do Law Firms Need Twitter?

Do law firms need Twitter? Not if they’re one of the most profitable firms in the nation.

It seems like everyone has a Twitter account, but remember: looks can be deceiving. For example, you should note that although many small law firms have Twitter accounts and prominently post on blogs and stay connected on Facebook, virtually none of the most profitable BigLaw firms in America use Twitter.