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Building Your Law Firm: 4 Important Areas to Focus on

July 4 2019 - Starting a law firm of one's own is arguably the dream of most lawyers in general, but just because you passed out from law school with good grades, it doesn't necessarily mean that you are ready for such a huge responsibility right away. We are guessing that you either have significant experience in the legal field of your choice already, or there is a mentor in the family who is going to guide you through the steps. Either way, the following are a few important areas that every legal start-up needs to focus on from day one.

Build a Good Team

It isn't going to be much of a law firm if thereís just one lawyer, who is possibly you! This is one of the many reasons why your experience is an integral and inseparable part of building your own law firm up from ground. When you have worked in the field for a long enough period, you will have developed contacts, and you will have an idea of what to expect from whom.

Also, if you have made a good connection with any of your peers during law school, who had promise, it might be time to check in and see what he/she is doing now. Building a team of dependable and good lawyers is a key aspect of success for any law firm.

Invest in Technology

Legal battles may be fought by lawyers in court in front of the judge and the jury, but a lot of the actual background work can be facilitated by adopting technology to speed up your core processes. Check out which offers a complete software solution to case management.

When you and your team don't have to waste precious time in making estimates, invoicing clients, typing out letter formats, etc. everyone becomes more productive in their work, which is winning cases in the house of law.

You Need an Online Presence

In 2019, it should not have to be said, because it goes without saying that every law firm needs a website, a few social media accounts, and a digital marketing and SEO budget.

Most potential clients nowadays do not call up relatives when they need a lawyer - they Google it. So, it is imperative that you end up at least somewhere near the top of the SERPs for your relevant customer base.

Understand the Difference Between Being a Lawyer and a Businessman

It is common to mistakenly believe that running a law firm is not that different from being a lawyer, when in truth, it's vastly different.

As a lawyer, you are a professional, trying to win cases for your clients, which is effectively not that different from any other professionís core goal. However, when you are heading a law firm of your own, you are running a business, which changes things significantly.

You will need to think more like a businessman than a lawyer. For example, building reputation and fighting pro bono cases even at a loss makes business sense to the top firms in the country, because it's an investment.

As a lawyer, you probably do not need to be told anything about paperwork of course, so we will skip that part and keep this list short. After all, you are a lawyer, and it is more than likely you will figure out the rest along the way.

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