Small Law / Solos

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Hello! I recently opened my own firm with a partner, and we are interviewing for our first legal assistant. Are some of you willing to share how much paid time off you offer to employees.? Thank you!

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I’m a 3rd year insurance defense attorney in a small town. So far this year through June I’ve billed $110,000 and collected $95,000. I expect the second half of the year to be about the same. My salar… more

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What marketing or lead generation methods have worked best for you, esp. during coronavirus when a lot of in person methods are not possible?

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I’m a solo practitioner looking to start taking on personal injury settlements. What are some typical costs and overhead I can expect before reaching a settlement?

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I'm entering my final year of law school but am going part time since I work full time as a paralegal. I have been a paralegal for more 10+ years and I want to open my own firm after I pass the ba… more

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I'm a new attorney at a small firm and have attracted a few clients to the firm. While filing cases I have made a couple of mistakes such as forgetting to file a final disposition form or a specia… more

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Saw some postings for a small/mid-firm in my field of practice targeting current solos, but they want you to come with a book of business. Anyone successfully lateral this way and if so, what’s a typi… more

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What do you feel is a reasonable hourly rate for recent graduates going solo? Absolute low and high caps? Relying on local market data sets fees and expectations too high IMHO.

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Is there a general standard of rule of thumb for associate comp outside of biglaw’s fixed scale? E.g., x% of expected billings, or y% of a contingency fee goes to associate bonuses? How do things work… more

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I’ve now reached the point in my career where I have the experience, a good client base, and consistent referral sources that I’m ready to leave the small firm I’m with and start my own practice. My p… more

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How do I incorporate an assistant without having to constantly double-check work? Have been struggling to incorporate an assistant well. I feel like I have to look everything over so much that it do… more

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Wondering what to pay an intern, a 3L. She’s a certified legal intern. Per hour? Per project?

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How do you balance wanting to be the “go to” person who gets it all done, no matter what, and feeling like you are taken advantage of because of that?

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My managing partner's chronically ill daughter is not doing well. My file clerks nephew died last night. I just found out that our paralegal has put in a two week notice today. Words of encouragem… more

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Any tips on hiring an Of Counsel attorney for small / solo firm looking to grow?

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What're solo's income levels? What size market are you in? Years out from law school? What kind of support staff do you have? What area of law(s) do you practice?

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To the solo attorneys: Is it possible to make a living on a practice centered around a single area of law? I work in a small general practice firm, but the only cases I actually enjoy working on are t… more

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Hi Everyone- I’m going solo soon after four years of being GC. Our company was sold to private equity so there wasn’t really much of a place for a GC anymore. I figured I would fulfill my lifelong dre… more

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Anyone looking to add a new practice area? Auction law is a very interesting niche that a lot of lawyers don't understand. There is a lot of opportunity. Happy to provide guidance.

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