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ISO Questions for Tomorrow’s Webinar “Everything You Wanted to Know About Starting A Solo Practice…”

by Carolyn Elefant on November 16, 2011 · 3 comments

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Below are some of the questions that I researched for the second edition of Solo by Choice and which I’ll be discussing at tomorrow’s webinar sponsored by Rocket Matter (for details or registration, visit here).  But what I’d really like are questions from you – so please post questions below for me to address at the webinar. Even if you can’t attend, RM tapes the webinars for future viewing – and I’m happy to post my responses at MyShingle as well.

Here are some of the questions that I’m commonly asked (and accordingly, researched) but I know that there are many more so post them in the comments below.

  • Does law school really prepare you for solo practice?
  • Must I write a business plan before starting a solo practice?
  • How much cash do I need to start my practice?
  • How much do solos earn?
  • How can a new solo find inexpensive malpractice insurance?
  • What are the latest trends in work space?
  • Is working from home always better from a financial perspective?
  • Can I start a solo practice on a part time basis?
  • How can I figure out how to price services on a flat fee basis?
  • What options are available for cheap or free CLE?
  • Can I run my practice on free software alone?
  • Do I need to hire professional SEO to get on page 1 of Google?
  • Do I need a blog, website or both?
  • Guest

    1) Aside from cost, what are the down-sides to getting malpractice insurance?
    2) How realistic is it to start a part-time firm? 

  • Guest

    1) A new law grad with a little pleading/motion drafting experience has been offered reduced-cost office space. Is if feasible for her to open up a practice? 
    2) Does city size have an affect on realistic area of practice choices? Ie, is it really practical to form a niche practice in a small town?

  • Guest

    Some of the things you can do while  in law school (e.g. clinic, volunteer, work, classes) that may better prepare you for a solo practice.

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