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
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
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
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.
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
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.