Starting Your Own Law Practice

IV. Conclusion.

This brief article can get you started. The underlying question is whether you are cut out for owning and operating your own practice. I have had brilliant attorneys who wanted to practice law, not business, or who came from government work and didn’t know or think in terms of the need for good billing practices to survive, or who came from big firms and considered it an affront to make their own copies. If you own your own business you may have to start out by being the “chief cook and bottle washer” and knowing how to put toner in the copier without getting it all over you and the floor and in the middle of a rush filing.

So, in addition to the business “skill-set,” you need the business “will set.” You need to really want to have this “business child;” if you don’t, then I would be looking for alternatives, like a partnership, with the roles carefully defined, using a business lawyer to help you do this.

Whatever you decide to do: Good luck!

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