“Solo by Choice” Part 2 focuses on the things that solos can do to make sure that when they launch their practice things run smoothly. Central to this section and probably the most important to me was the list of steps to get started. The book lays out all the major considerations that you need to keep in mind including the all important financial accounts and legal research options.
What makes this section such a wealth of information is most lists discuss the entire range of options available from free to top-of-the-line. Thus, you will likely find yourself returning to many sections again once you outgrow the free options if you decide to start there.
Other chapters in this section discuss preliminary steps you can take to build your practice, how to make the move from working at a firm to going solo, technology that is available for your practice, selecting a practice area, and generating cash flow. Each section provides in-depth discussions of the numerous options available supplemented by links to blogs and other online resources.
It is inescapable that you sometimes encounter the dreaded mention of how the rules vary by state, especially as it relates to trust accounting rules. However, this lights the spark in the conscientious attorney to take the time and figure out the rules as they apply in his home state. Even in these areas, the discussion is always in depth enough that I leave the book with an understanding of why I should spend the time to comply with my state’s rules.