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3 Reasons Not to Practice Law at Home

There are lots of good reasons for lawyers to work from home.

It saves on commute time, office expenses, and other overhead. It offers flexible work hours, freedom to practice on the go, and the ultimate perk -- working in pajamas or flip-flops.

But there are at least three reasons not to practice law at home. The Number 1 reason is a practice-killer.

According to recent reports, 2018 was a great year for law firms. Net income, profits per partner, rate growth, demand, and productivity all increased.

The actual percentages of each metric above may not have reached record highs, but as the ABA Journal notes, this may be the best year for many firms in a decade. In one survey, it was reported that 61 percent of firms saw an increase in demand, year over year, and over 70 percent had increased profits per partner.

Across the country, the federal shutdown continues to cause havoc both politically and in many individuals' everyday lives. Many government attorneys know this first hand as many have stopped receiving pay.

Not only are workers going unpaid, and federal services facing stoppages, but the public is clearly not in support of the shutdown. And for federal courts and law firms that maintain federal practices, it isn't exactly business as usual. Courts have been asked to scale back to focus on completing the "mission critical" work, which likely includes ensuring the federal criminal docket continues unimpeded.

Why Build a Multi-Generational Law Firm?

Starting a law firm is one thing; building a legacy is another.

It's not about adding lawyers to the roster. It's about establishing a practice that will survive over time.

Large or small, a multi-generational law firm should provide for lifetimes. Here are reasons to do it for your family.

Is This the Year to Start Your Own Firm?

Starting your own law firm is like jumping off a rock into the ocean.

It's a little scary, especially if you are jumping from some height. But the longer you think about it, the higher it seems to get.

In real time, fear is the only thing between you and the water. You just have to jump.

We Can Do Better With Diversity, BigLaw Says

One problem with being a leader is that people expect more out of you.

Just ask the guys at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. They have 12 new partners, and 11 of them are men.

In a law firm announcement, a photo shows the group of men and the one woman. Others are asking: "Where did you put the rest of the women?"

Big Firm Invites Only Women to the Partners' Table

Not so long ago -- like seconds ago -- it would be business as usual for a law firm to promote only male partners.

Today, it shouldn't be unusual for a law firm to promote only female partners. But it is; and that's why it's news.

No matter which way you slice it, however, it is good news. Welcome, ladies, to the class of 2018.

What's Happening With Expert Witnesses?

Being an expert witness is good work if you can get it.

According to a new survey, however, more than 90 percent of the time lawyers want experts who already have litigation experience. It makes sense, and also shows that the road to getting expert work is narrow.

That's why The Expert Institute put together responses from 1,000 attorneys. The survey says it's not only hard to be an expert; it's a challenge to find the right one.

It seems to be a near constant lament of new lawyers and those that hire them, that law schools don't teach lawyers any business skills or how to actually practice. But have you ever considered going back to school to learn to be better at business?

Sure, legal business may be a bit different. But many of the skills you'll learn are highly transferable. And thanks to the world we live in, you can do that without actually having to go anywhere or pay anything. Simply put, if you feel like you're not making enough money at your practice, you might want to consider taking a few online business courses to give your business a boost.

Most Small Firm Challenges Don't Involve the Law

In the course of a year, small firm lawyers are working for free after mid-July.

That's because they spend about 40 percent of their time doing non-billable work. It is one of the tough realities of small-firm practice.

According to a new report, the biggest challenges have nothing to do with the law. It's just business.