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Improve Your Law Library With These 7 Practice Guides

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By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on March 24, 2016 12:58 PM

If you've got a question about managing your practice, if you're looking to explore a new area of law, or if you're just curious about the latest legal developments, well, you're in luck. There are literally thousands of resources available. (Look, you're reading one!) But with all the blogs, websites, and online resources available, it's still sometimes nice to have a real, solid book to line your shelves.

Here are some practice guides that could make a helpful addition to your legal library, all from our friends over at Thomson Reuters' Aspatore. (Disclosure: Aspatore is one of FindLaw's sister companies.)

1. Effectively Managing a Solo Practice

Doing it on your own is not easy. Thankfully, others have gone before you and paved the way. This practice guide, part of Aspatore's "Inside the Minds" series, brings together the experiences of accomplished solo attorneys to provide advice on establishing, maintaining, and managing a small practice. So, if you don't have an experienced mentor one office over, you can at least have one on your bookshelf.

2. Dividing the Pie: Law Firm Compensation Systems

Not solo? That means spreading the wealth among your firm's partners. But what's the best way to run a law firm compensation system? This guide gives you some options, surveying the pros and cons of various compensation schemes and providing an overview of law firm compensation based on years of experience in legal management. Whether you're a long-time partner in your firm, or just considering merging your solo practice with another attorney's, this guide has insights you can use.

3. Negotiating and Drafting Employment Agreements

And now, the practice-specific guides. If you work in corporate law, whether advising mom and pop stores, tech startups, or major companies, this guide is for you. Here, expert attorneys set forth strategies for creating employment agreements that can help prevent litigation and mitigate employment issues when they arise.

4. Crowdfunding: Practical Guide to the SEC's FINAL Rules for Raising Capital

Crowdfunding is moving away from Kickstarter campaigns and is ready to become a major source of capital for new companies, thanks to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. The JOBS Act allows regular people to invest in companies, reducing barriers to capital and investment that have existed since the Securities Act of 1933. This practice guide walks attorneys through the basics of the new crowdfunding rules.

5. Home Health Care and Hospice Programs: Regulating, Defending, and Structuring Options

The home health care industry is thriving, fueled by an aging Boomer population and patients' desire to be treated in their own homes. That growth, of course, means that there's increased demand for attorneys who are knowledgeable about Medicare reimbursement, industry regulations, liability, and litigation. This guide is just what you need to help break into this growing legal market.

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