Are you a brand new attorney, wanting to hang up your shingle? Or maybe you’ve been working at BigLaw for 10 years, and you want to start your own firm. If you are thinking about being a solo attorney, you need to read Solo by Choice by Carolyn Elefant. This is a must have book!
Carolyn Elefant is a widely-known and well-respected authority on solo and small firms. Her blog, My Shingle, has helped many attorneys (like me!) to break free and go solo. Now you can get even more advice from this spectacular book!
Solo by Choice provides in-depth resources for solo attorneys. The book goes well beyond “should I go solo?” and even “how do I find clients?” It’s full of practical tips, perspectives from current solo attorneys, online resources, and much more.
Carolyn divides the book into five distinct parts, each with several chapters:
I. The Decision
II. Planning the Great Escape
III. The Practice
V. Frequently Asked Questions
As you can see, Solo by Choice leads you through the important parts of starting and growing your own solo law practice. And Carolyn even includes appendices that help you with a business plan, legal research choices, sample forms, and more!
My favorite chapter is #10: Generating Cash Flow. That’s a hot topic for many budding solos, since it can make or break your firm really early. You have to pay the bills, and Carolyn provides good tips to make that happen.
Many legal books (even practice-oriented ones) are extremely out of date. Not Solo by Choice. All of the information is very current. Plus, there’s an entire chapter on “Marketing 2.0,” which covers web sites, blogging, social networking, webinars, etc. This isn’t your granddaddy’s law book. Caroyln knows up-to-date methods for law practice management and marketing. And she shares them with you.
When you’re setting up shop, resources are limited. But you need some good books to get you going. Solo by Choice is one of them. It’s a very reasonable price, and it’s overflowing with helpful information. What are you waiting for? Buy it now!
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