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Solo and Small Law Firms

work-life balance and managing your law firm

Want More Balance? Build a Better Team

In “Why Lawyers Really Struggle with Work-Life Balance,” I gave six steps to building a practice that runs smoothly and allows you to have a life. Here we’ll discuss the fourth step, building better teams.

Dustin Cole - July 25, 2018

False Starts: 5 Misconceptions About Starting a Law Firm

Making the decision to start a law firm is difficult. It’s nothing but nerve-wracking until you press start and you’re into it — without a safety net, and too busy to care about hypotheticals anymore. The choice to move forward with launching is ...

Jared Correia - June 28, 2018

Boosting the Value of Your Law Practice

Want to sell your law practice? Assuming your state allows for it (most do), you probably want to maximize your firm’s value and ensure you bring on a competent successor. As a solo or partner in a smaller firm, your law practice might be a ...

Ryan McPherson - June 19, 2018
Documents flying off computer screen Paperless Law office

It Takes More than a Scanner: What Small Law Firms Must Know to Successfully Go Paperless

According to the International Legal Technology Association, almost half of all legal purchases of imaging, scanning or optical character recognition is made by small law firms.* If you’re among them, congratulate yourself for making a smart ...

Thomson Reuters - June 15, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

An Honest Audit Leads to a Brighter Future

There are myriad reasons to run an efficient, sound, organized law practice. Here are two great ones, from an ethics standpoint: First, it helps lawyers avoid making the costly errors that lead to ethics trouble. Second, when lawyers receive a ...

Megan Zavieh - June 13, 2018

Looking for More Profit in All the Right Places

Back in January 2017, I was having breakfast with a local lawyer when he said, “I think I need to raise my rates this year. I am just not making enough money, and raising my rates should make the year more profitable.” This led me to ask, "Do ...

Chris and Peggy Gruenke - March 20, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

Rethinking Your Community to Improve Ethics Compliance — and Your Outlook

In previous columns, I have talked about the concept of tribes and building a network to support you when your practice takes off in a major way and you need extra help. But have you thought about ways to broaden the scope of your community to ...

Megan Zavieh - March 8, 2018
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Ways to Get Clients Quickly After Hanging Your Shingle

Straight out of law school, I joined a small law practice. I didn’t start out as an associate with a large salary and plenty of document review projects to hit my hours. I had to eat what I killed and immediately begin bringing in clients. If ...

Ryan Nevin - March 7, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

Kick Off the New Year With a Law Practice Renovation, Part 1

In my December post, “A Pre-Year-End Checklist for Solos and Small Firms,” we ran through the major systems of a law practice and took stock of concerns to attend to in the new year. (If you missed it, be sure to go back and get the downloadable ...

Megan Zavieh - January 8, 2018
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Five Tax Benefits to Working From a Home Office

Some lawyers choose to limit overhead by working from home. They may arrange for supplemental virtual services and conference room access. While not every practice area may lend itself to working from home, technology has made this a more common ...

Theda C. Snyder - November 24, 2017