Pros/Cons, You don't generate revenue, If desperate, may be good in short term, Lessor generally gets better bargain
How to Find?, Ask around, Do due diligence on arrangement
How many hrs. req'd?
Is value you give > cost of lease?
Does lessor want to help, or rip you off?
Pros/Cons, Can be costly if used many hrs., Pay for only what you need, More attractive space than could otherwise afford, Space can be generic
How to Find?, Online, Other lawyers
Pros/Cons, Cheap, Convenient, May be hard to discipline to work at home, Some still look askance
Other Issues, To tell or not to tell?, Where to meet clients?, Courthouse, At their place, Go completely virtual, Does bar allow completely virtual firm?, Separation work/life, Use separate space, Separate phone, office equip., Use home address?, can use PO Box, use virtual address, Decision depends on practice, Staff?, Use virtual workers, Can others work in your house?
Pros/Cons, Can be costly, Can make good impression, Can get overflow work, May be inconvenient for lawyer/parents
How to Find, Craigs List, Bar Journal, Leads from other lawyers
How long is the lease?
Can I afford it?
Will it help generate clients?
Do I need it for discipline?
What's the best location?, Close to court?, Close to clients?, Roadside visibility?
Sharing Space, With other lawyers?, Will they steal your clients?, Overflow work potential, With client?, Good work potential, Possible conflicts?, With former firm?, Convenient, Awkward?, Malpractice Considerations, Protect Client Confidentiality, Is there appearance of one uniform firm (as opposed to several subtenants?)
Do you need to take an exam?
How much does waive-in cost?
Will it generate new business?
Do you need it?(e.g., federal practice may not)
Do you know lawyers who can help pro hac vice?
Is it professional?
Same taxes as individ.
Added liability shield (except for professional malpractice)
Some states don't allow LLC for lawyers
Can look more professional
Consider for more than one
How to structure
Added liability shield, New node
Req'd by bar?, New node
Other attny recommend
Do you need it?, Will hold money in trust?, Only taking flat fees or post-work payment, Does bar treat flat fees as fee earned or money to be held in client trust?
Will bar allow credit cards?
Will bar allow PayPal?
Do you need merchant account?
How will you handle chargeback?
Does credit card payment go into trust acct. if for retainer?
What laws and/or bar rules govern security for holding client credit card numbers?
What accounting software?, Online?, Desk based, Trust acct. balancing features?, Compatibility w/other practice management tools
Freelance bookeeper, Where to find?, Other attnys, Assns. of legal virtual assistants, Craigs' List, New noe
1 state only?
All fed/state library?
Lexis/Westlaw, First rate, pricey, Negotiate/aggregate w/others for discount, Is per diem service available?
Free kiosks, inconvenient, High quality for free
Alternatives, Examples, Fastcase, Casemaker, Versuslaw, Loislaw, Pros/cons, cheap, quality varies, coverage limited, Flexible plans - no lock in, New node, ask for free trials to test
Pros, Tried & True, One time payment, Designed w/lawyers' needs in mind
Cons, Becoming obsolete, May need to pay $$s for experts to install, Need to reinstall to upgrade - time consuming
Wave of the future
Monthly cost, can be more expensive
Automatically upgrades w/out reinstall
Due Diligence, reputation of company, security of data, Fall back (what if company goes out of business?
Non-legal apps cheap or free
Does non-legal have adequate security?
Does non-legal app have different terminology?
How important is expensive printer if you are paperless?
Kinkos/outsource for large jobs
Necessary for paperless
Can use as substitute for copier
Stand alone/combo w/printers?
Pros/Cons, Convenient, one place for multiple tools, Calendar, Internet/email, Contact management
Wordprocessing, MS Word, WordPerfect, Open Office, Google Docs
Adobe, Standard for efiling, imperative for paperless office, useful for forms
Practice specific, e.g., Casesoft (litigation), Doc/filing prep (estates, bankruptcy, etc...)
What can you repurpose?
Options, Laptop, Desktop, PC, Mac, Subnotebook
What are your goals?, Mobility, System for large staff