As a small-firm or solo practitioner, you may handle a large variety of cases, thus requiring you to be an expert in many different practice areas. Attorney Cindy Stormer has made your job a lot easier with her book, Texas Small-Firm Practice Tools. Loaded with checklists and over 560 forms, this book focuses on 16 main practice areas, including: civil and business litigation, car accident cases, consumer protection and fair trade practices, landlord-tenant issues, employer-employee relations, credit and collections, small business issues, marriage dissolution, estate planning and administration, criminal defense, and real estate. For each practice area, the author discusses the essential law and procedures with which you need to be familiar and provides you with some useful samples of letters, motions, and client interview questions. It truly is a toolkit for the small-firm or solo lawyer. So, come on down to the Harris County Law Library and find out for yourself how valuable Texas Small-Firm Practice Tools can be to your practice.
As part of Law Practice Management Month, the Harris County Law Library has been offering tips and recommending resources to help solo and small-firm lawyers better manage their practice. Another resource that we have here at the library is How to Manage Your Law Office. Whether you are a solo practitioner, a lawyer in a corporate law department, or an attorney in a governmental law office, this two-volume set is an indispensable tool in opening your office and keeping it running smoothly.
After discussing the organizational structure of the various types of law offices, the authors dive into the issues that affect the day-to-day management of the firm, such as legal fees, accounting basics, the roles of nonlawyer staff members, law office technology, and related ethical considerations and risks. The remainder of the book is devoted to strategic planning and marketing, the hiring of new associates and support staff, and law office design, all matters that can shape the success of your law practice.
It’s Law Practice Management Month here at the Harris County Law Library, and it’s time to highlight some of the resources that we have in our collection that might be useful to your current practice or to assist you in establishing a new solo practice. One of these resources is Solo Contendere: How to Go Directly from Law School into the Practice of Law - Without Getting a Job, 3rd Edition by Marc Garfinkle, Esq. According to Garfinkle, some basic questions that the new lawyer should address before hanging out his shingle include:
- How do I begin?
- What type of law do I want to practice?
- Do I want to focus on a particular specialty?
- Is the cooperative office arrangement for me?
- What equipment and furniture do I need?
The book also offers practical advice for creating a business plan, developing a “real” client base, and going to court. From Garfinkle’s "Practice Defensively: The Ten Commandments" to his thoughts about getting paid for your work, the author provides you with enough information to shed the fear and fly solo.