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What Technology Do I Need to Set Up a Solo or Small Firm Practice?

By Jim Calloway I often consult with lawyers setting up a new solo or small firm practice. There are many items involved in setting up any new business – like applying for an employer identification number (EIN) and deciding on the best entity to use for the business. But there are also aspects of setting...
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Using Technology Tools to Build Financial Security

By Julie Bays Businesses exist to make a profit. Lawyers often go into practice with the goal of helping their clients with their legal needs. Profits often aren’t the first thing a lawyer thinks about daily, but it should be a primary goal every day. Practicing law can be stressful, and lawyers have enormous responsibilities....
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The Billable Hour Today

By Jim Calloway The term “billable hour” has long been a topic of discussion in the legal community. However, for such a simple term, it can be used in different ways. The most obvious answer is that hourly billing and the lawyer’s hourly billing rate is the method, likely still the predominant method, of determining...
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Office Sharing Tips for Lawyers. It Seems Simple Until It’s Not.

By Jim Calloway It is certainly not rare to see lawyers practicing in an office sharing arrangement. Sometimes a law firm that is downsizing finds itself with more office space than it needs, and subletting makes sense. Two or three lawyers might rent an office suite for their individual solo practices. Office sharers can benefit...
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Takeaways from the 2022 OBA Solo & Small Firm Conference

By Jim Calloway The 2022 OBA Solo & Small Firm Conference came back strongly after its two-year hiatus. We had a great attendance and many sponsors supporting the event. Mainly, we all were happy to meet in person again. The conference featured a blend of substantive law programs and practice management/legal technology education. There were...
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The Practice of People Law

By Jim Calloway There is people law, and there is business/corporate law. Over the years, there has been a greater divergence in these two types of law practice focuses. But today I'm going to make the case that increasingly, these are completely different types of law practices, with different types of challenges and processes. Some...
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ABA TECHSHOW 2022: Thoughts and Takeaways

By Jim Calloway and Julie Bays Law office technology tools increasingly impact how lawyers practice law. I recently talked to a lawyer who said, “Okay, I’ve had the third client ask me about client portals. So, I guess it is time to set one up.” Every lawyer needs to understand the basics of cybersecurity. The...
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OBA Solo & Small Firm Conference is Back in 2022

By Jim Calloway The OBA Solo & Small Firm Conference is back, bigger and better than ever! It will be held June 23 – 25 at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, with more educational sessions and more fun. Registration is now open, as is the OBA hotel room block. Visit the conference website www.okbar.org/solo...
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Reading for Law Practice Management

By Jim Calloway Lawyers haven’t always begun their careers by enrolling in law school. Before there were many law schools, a period of study under a lawyer or judge (a practice then called "reading the law") was required, usually followed by an oral exam. The standards for these apprenticeship admissions were occasionally unevenly applied in...
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New Year’s Resolutions and Goal Setting for Lawyers

By Jim Calloway It’s the time of year for New Year’s resolutions. Well, since this comes out in mid-January, it is the time when many New Year’s resolutions have already been made and broken. But with the new year ahead, it is an appropriate time to reflect on your law firm and the goals you...
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