Setting Up a Law Office

Setting Up a Law Office


Are you hanging out your shingle for the first time and need a little guidance?  If so, you have come to the right place.  This page will provide you links to useful resources to help guide you on the your path.   

As follows: 

The Alabama State Bar Association's Checklist for Setting up a New Law Office would be a good place to start.


The Florida Bar Asssociation has an excellent resource page which includes a start-up checklist, a sample business plan, solo and small firm resources, administrative forms, entity and intial setup considerations, office management, technology, and many other topics.  


The North Carolina Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Division created How to Open a Small Law Firm, an 18 page manual with factors to consider when opening your office.  


The South Carolina Bar Association offers its webpage "Starting a New Law Practice" which is also an excellent resource insofar as creating your business plans and budget, deciding your choice of business entity and name, finding the right office, office sharing, office systems, supplies, technology, and marketing.   


The Texas State Bar Association's Start Up Kit for a Small Law Practice is a 117 page compreheneive manual is a useful resource. 


The Utah State Bar Association posted one of its member's report on setting up a virtual law practice.



The American Bar Association offers a number of resources as well:

Essential of Office sharing and Executive Suites in the ABA's Law Practice Today (May 2009) by Mark Robertson


How Much Money Do You Need to Start a New Firm in the ABA's Law Practice Today (May 2009) by Eric Mazzone



Also peruse the LSBA's Lending Library titles for additional resources.  Consisder the following titles in the Lending Library:

 
2012 Version: The Lawyer's Guide to Creating a Business Plan; A Step-By-Step Software Package
Linda Pinson
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Attorney and Law Firm Guide to the Business of Law
Edward Poll
5150286
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Competing for the Future
Gary Hamel
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Do It Yourself Public Relations
David E. Gumpert
5110352
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Eat That Frog : 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
Brian Tracy
1576751988 BN
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Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer, 4th Edition
K. William Gibson, Editor
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Growing Your Law Practice in Tough Times 2010 Edition
Edward Poll, J.D., M.B.A., CMC
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How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times
Sharon D. Nelson, James A. Calloway, and Ross L. Kodner
978-1-60442-573-4
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How to Build and Manage a Family Law Practice
Mark A. Chinn
978-1-59031-695-9
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How to Build and Manage a Personal Injury Practice 2nd Edition
K. William Gibson
978-1-59031-673-3
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How to Draft Bills Clients Rush to Pay, 2nd Edition
J. Harris Morgan & Jay G. Foonberg
5110495
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How to Get and Keep Good Clients 3rd Edition
Jay G. Foonberg
978-0-9795671-0-0
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How to Start and Build A Law Practice, 5th Edition
Jay G. Foonberg
5110508
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How to Turn Clicks into Clients - The Ultimate Law Firm Guide for Getting More Clients Through the Internet
Ed Rush, Jabez LeBret and Mark Homer
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Internet Branding for Lawyers: Building the Client-Centered Website
Jeff Lantz
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Introduction To Law Firm Practice
Michael Downey
978-1-60442-824-7
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Law Office Policy and Procedures Manual (Revised and Updated Sixth Ed.)
Howard L. Hatoff and Robert C. Wert
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Lawyer, Know Thyself : A Psychological Analysis of Personality Strengths and Weaknesses
Susan Swaim Daicoff
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Limited Scope Legal Services: Unbundling and the Self-Help Client
Stephanie L. Kimbro
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Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers
Sharon D. Nelson, David G. Ries, and John W. Simek
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Louisiana Professional Responsibility Law and Practice
Dane S. Ciolino
0-9707819-4-6
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Managing For Dummies
Bob Nelson
0764517716 BN
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Marketing Success Stories 2nd Edition
Hollis Hatfield Weishar, Joyce K. Smiley
5110511
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Minding Your Own Business: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer's Guide to a Profitable Practice
Ann M. Guinn
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Selling in Your Comfort Zone: Safe and Effective Strategies for Developing New Business
Robert N. Kohn and Lawrence M. Kohn
13:978-1-60442-606-9
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Solo by Choice, 2011-2012 Edition: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be
Carolyn Elefant
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Suddenly Solo
Jay Foonberg and Karen Mathis
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The 2012 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide
Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek and Michael C. Maschke
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The Busy Lawyer's Guide To Success
Reid F. Trautz and Dan Pinnington
978-1-60442-468-3
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The Firm of the Future
Paul Dunn
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The Happy Lawyer: How to Gain More Satisfaction, Suffer Less Stress, and Enjoy Higher Earnings in Your Law Practice
Larry Schreiter
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The Lawyer's Essential Guide to Writing: Proven Tools and Techniques
Marie Buckley
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The Lawyer's Field Guide To Effective Business Development
William J. Flannery Jr.
1-59031-736-x
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The Lawyer's Guide To Buying, Selling, Merging, And Closing A Law Practice
Sarina A. Butler & Richard G. Paszkiet , Editors
1-59031-932-x
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The Lawyer's Guide to Finding Success in Any Job Market
Richard L. Hermann
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The Lawyer's Guide to Increasing Revenue, Second Edition
Arthur G. Greene
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The Lawyer's Guide to Strategic Planning : Defining, Setting, and Achieving Your Firm's Goals
Thomas C. Grella and Michael L. Hudkins
1-59031-423-9
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The Lawyer's Guide to Working Smarter With Knowledge Tools
Marc Lauritsen
979-1-60442-826-1
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The Lawyers Guide to Balancing Life and Work 2nd Edition
George Kaufman
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The Legal Career Guide From Law Student to Lawyer 5th Edition
Gary A. Munneke and Ellen Wayne
978-1-60442-260-3
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Through the Client's Eyes: New Approaches to Get Clients to Hire You Again and Again Third Edition
Henry W. Ewalt and Andrew W. Ewalt
1-60442-027-8
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Time Management for Attorneys: A Lawyer's Guide to Decreasing Stress, Eliminating Interruptions & Getting Home on Time
Mark Powers and Shawn McNalis
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Unbundling Legal Services
Forrest S. Mosten
1-570073-846-7
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Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online
Stephanie L. Kimbro
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Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour: Strategies That Work 3rd Edition
Mark A. Robertson and James A. Calloway
978-1-60442-128-6
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Woman Rainmakers' Best Marketing Tips (3rd Ed.)
Theda C. Snyder


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