Are solo practitioners feeling isolated in their law practice?

A solo practitioner in Brazil was inquiring  online of other lawyers about being isolated in their law practice.   The responses from lawyers practicing on their own affirmed that solo lawyers can get segregated from other lawyers.   Solo practitioners and small law firms (ten attorneys and under) make up approximately 49 % of active U.S. lawyers.  While the American Bar Association has not broken down the number of actual solo practitioners versus small law firm practices, solo lawyers are so busy hustling for clients, performing legal duties and billing clients,  that it can be isolating.   Sarah Stock of Legal Back Office and Stock Legal in St. Louis, Missouri  agrees.  “When people start running their own firm, it can be overwhelming and lonely.”   https://molawyersmedia.com/2018/12/11/new-services-or-products-that-support-missouris-legal-community-jaimee-hall-sarah-stock/

 

Attorneys are practicing in the same office with other lawyers absent the creation of a "law firm" across the United States.  These lawyers are an association of independent attorneys.  See Model Rule below.

 

  • In our blog Tips for Sharing Law Space with other Lawyers,  we talked about safeguard tips for sharing law office space with other lawyers who are not affiliated with your law firm.  http://www.lawspacematch.com/posts/84  Considering the effect of conflicts and other ethical rules such as Model Rule 7.1 (avoid appearances of a partnership with attorneys sharing law office space),  lawyers are finding a group of lawyers having synergy and practicing in a shared office space.   This co-working situation among lawyers is a great solution.  Not only could this increase potential revenues, it could zap that feeling of isolation in your solo law practice.  

 

  • And working with other lawyers (not necessarily a member of one’s own firm) can boost confidence and morale.  Check out our blog post:  Can Working in a Shared Office Space really make you Happier?  https://www.lawspacematch.com/posts/54   According to Deskmag, an international online magazine about co-working, their survey suggested that there is a difference in levels of satisfaction on whether the lawyer formally worked in a traditional office versus the home.  Simply,  the lawyers sharing office space possessed more self-confidence.  Deskmag reported 90% higher confidence where lawyers were working in a shared office space situation.  Supporting reasons for this increased confidence  included but were not limited to:   the ability to choose co-working lawyers, and reduced stress due to choosing a LawSpace closer to home.

 

  • Also, many law firms are moving forward on a “hub and wheel” approach.  This means lawyers leave with their client base and work for newly innovative law firms allowing a type of sharing of law firm resources.   These remote attorneys do not work in the principal law office of the larger firm but instead are allowed to  take advantage of the efficiencies that technology makes possible.  The remote attorneys find office space while they electronically tap into the hub law firm’s resources.   Firms in Atlanta trying this approach include:  Taylor English http://www.taylorenglish.com/careers-experienced.html, Fisher Broyles http://www.fisherbroyles.com.  According to Taylor English, “One of the key distinguishing characteristics of our firm is our first-of-its kind hybrid business model in which we blend the full-service features of a centralized office – our “Hub” – with the efficiency and geographic scope of a virtual law firm, with our ‘Remote’ lawyers situated close to clients across the country while collaborating with our Hub attorneys and each other on a shared technology platform.”  http://www.taylorenglish.com

 

These lawyers are looking for shared law office space.   And that is one of the reasons we created www.LawSpaceMatch.com.  Created by lawyers for lawyers who share law office space.  We are revolutionizing how lawyers connect for space sharing. 

 

Law Office for rent -Civic Opera House Building

Chicago, Illinois - we know it is frigid and lawyers are trying to make it to the courthouse.  Stay warm and land in a great law office for your law practice. 

Location for this law office  is 20 N. Wacker Drive in the Civic Opera House building.   Zip code 60606-2901.  Lawyers on the move can check this out.  Also, check out our blog about lawyers space sharing being happier.  https://www.lawspacematch.com/posts/54

Office is an east view and annual law office rent is negotiable. 

Practice Areas are estate and probate, business, general litigation, personal injury and real property.   Internet and electricity included. Contact Chris Matern at 312.236 3510 for more detail.

Stay warm Chicago lawyers! 

New Year. New LawSpace in Raleigh NC - office sharing opportunity

New Year and New LawSpace for Rent  - Lawyers Sharing Office Space

It's a new year and we have new LawSpace available for attorneys seeking to share law office space.   Office Sharing opportunity in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Check out all other amenities by searching zip code 27612.   Join lawyers who are already practicing law and reduce your law firm expenses.   You work out the deal with this law firm and move ahead with practicing law.   This law firm practices business, elder law, estate planning, general litigation, personal injury and real property law. 

Don't forget to check out our other blogs about ethics and office space sharing.  https://www.lawspacematch.com/posts/84

Great Atlanta Law Office Available Near Braves Stadium

Spacious and law office sublease available near Braves Stadium in Atlanta.  This  LawSpace is perfect for an attorney desiring to network with numerous other lawfirms and attorneys.  The owners of this LawSpace sublease to attorneys in various practice areas, and pride themselves on creating, by subleasing to talented attorneys,  a welcoming and harmonious legal community.   

Do not miss an opportunity to share space with  lawyers with law practices in these areas:  real estate,  social security disablilty,  domestic, probate litigation, bankruptcy, consumer contract law, commercial real estate, international law and securities law, personal injury, criminal, divorce, business and civit lititatin and trial.  Joining this group of lawyers space sharing at this convienent location would be a plus for any attorney.   

 Office address:  1820 The Exchange Suite 150 Atlanta, Georgia 30339.

The office is approximately 177 square feet.   For more details  please contact Michael Mclaughin at 770. 952.5000.  

Tips for Getting New Clients

Tips for Getting New Clients

 

According to a survey conducted by Thomson Reuters Solo and Small Law Firm group, the biggest challenge for solo and small firm law practices is acquiring new clients.   Here are some tips for getting new clients.

 

 1.            Network, Network, Network!          

 

Attend conferences and networking events. Join a bar association, professional organization or committee.  Reach out to other lawyers, but also connect with non-lawyers who work in the same field as you.  Let your family, friends and acquaintances know about your practice and specialties.  Besides networking in person, be sure to network online too.  Do whatever you can to get the word out about your practice.  Part of networking may derive from sharing law space with other lawyers.  After all,  they are right next door to your office and may not practice in the area of law in which you are an expert.

 

2.            Establish and Maintain an Online Presence

 

Establish a professional website for your law practice. Create a social media account on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Avvo.  Continually update and participate in social media like contributing to Avvo forums or posting tweets about legal matters. Start a legal blog that provides helpful information your target audience is interested in.  You can link your blog posts to your Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter account.

 

3.             Referrals

 

Maintain relationships with past clients and inform them of all the services your law practice provides. Referrals can also come from other attorneys.  Attorneys who work in a shared office space can recommend potential clients.  Sharing an office space with other attorneys provides many benefits like a strong attorney network, shared resources (printers, wi-fi, conference rooms etc.), reduced rent and a focused work environment.

 

4.            Karma is Real

 

Just because a particular client isn’t a good fit for your practice doesn’t mean they’re not a good fit for someone else’s.  Don’t be afraid to refer a client you wouldn’t normally take to other practices.  Who knows, maybe other attorneys just met with someone that would benefit more from your area of expertise.

 

Source:

http://www.lawsitesblog.com/2016/07/exclusive-survey-results-small-firms-greatest-challenges-theyre-address.html

 

 

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