Perhaps you have been considering going solo. It may seem like a good idea to you but you want to make sure you are prepared to do things right the first time. You probably have no idea what sorts of things are necessary at the beginning of your practice. You also may want to hear from attorneys who have gone solo that this is a good path to follow and has a good chance for success.
In this multi-part posting, I will review a book that many legal bloggers out there have said should be essential reading for anyone considering going solo. The book is called “Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be (2011-2012 Edition)” by Carolyn Elefant. After I saw enough similar glowing reviews from attorneys who maintained quality blogs that was enough for me to take the plunge and order the book. But if you want to have a better idea of the sorts of things covered in the book, check out the upcoming 5 part review for a detailed overview of what exactly you are getting for your money.
If you just want a short answer I can say that “Solo by Choice” is very detailed and covers a wide range of issues that attorneys who want to do their due diligence before opening a solo practice need to consider. The book is split into five main sections ranging from The Decision—on helping you decide if solo practice is right for you—to Solos in Transition—on how attorneys who have some solid experience before going solo may change their approach to marketing to fit their expertise. I can’t think of a better starting point for your path to solo practice.