MSBA Selected Readings from ABA Publications

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How to Start and Build a Law Practice
If you have a question about starting and growing your own law practice, or improving your existing solo or small firm practice, Jay Foonberg has the answers in this power-packed, updated, and expanded new edition. Learn it all from a practicing lawyer who provides you with real answers, for real practices, gained from real experiences.

This classic ABA bestseller has been used by tens of thousands of lawyers as the comprehensive guide to planning, launching, and growing a successful practice. It's packed with over 600 pages of guidance on identifying the right location, finding clients, setting fees, managing your office, maintaining an ethical and responsible practice, maximizing available resources, upholding your standards, and much more. If you're committed to starting your own practice, this book will give you the expert advice you need to make it succeed.


The Of Counsel Agreement: A Guide for Law Firm and Practitioner
A revised edition of an ABA Bestseller! This updated third edition will provide every lawyer who is currently Of Counsel or contemplating such a position, and every firm that recognizes the status with the background, understanding and language required to protect the interests of all concerned. This practical and comprehensive guide will help to clarify the duties and responsibilities of an of counsel, apprise lawyers of recent case law on of counsel, and provide samples to help draft the right of counsel agreement.

This edition also includes all sample agreements on disk. This CD-ROM will run on any computer (Windows, Macintosh, or Linux and other UNIX variants) capable of running Adobe Reader 4.0 or later.


The Lawyer's Guide to Buying, Selling, Merging, and Closing a Law Practice
If you are considering buying, selling, closing, or merging a law practice, this book is a valuable resource for information on things to consider before and during the process. The guide provides advice and tips on:

The advantages of buying and selling a law practice
The ethical aspects of acquiring a law practice
Valuation of a law firm
Tax consequences of "retiring" a partner's interest in a law firm taxed as a partnership
Merging law firms
Selling a niche practice
Business responsibilities in closing a law practice
The ethical aspects of winding down a law practice
File preservation
Ending client and employee relationships

The guide includes handy checklists, forms, sample agreements, and sample letters as well as a material from the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer
Newly revised and completely updated, the fourth edition of this comprehensive guide includes practical information gathered from a wide range of contributors, including successful solo practitioners, law firm consultants, state and local bar practice management advisors, and law school professors. All the contributors share tips and advice that can be easily implemented in your solo or small-firm practice.

This classic ABA book first walks you through a step-by-step analysis of the decision to start a solo practice, including choosing a practice focus. It then provides tools to help you with financial issues including banking and billing; operations issues such as staffing and office location and design decisions; technology for the small law office; and marketing and client relations. What's more, the final section on quality of life issues puts it all into perspective. Whether you're thinking of going solo, new to the solo life, or a seasoned practitioner, Flying Solo provides time-tested answers to real-life questions.

Law Office Procedures Manual for Solos and Small Firms
This new, revised edition of the Law Office Procedures Manual for Solos and Small Firms provides you with everything you need to establish an appropriate organizational structure to allow your firm to operate effectively, efficiently, and productively. It's a step-by-step guide offering advice and ideas for building and maintaining a thoroughly professional staff and practice.
You'll prepare a customized procedures manual that:

Presents a clear and accurate statement of your firm's purpose, goals, and credentials
Outlines personnel policies with clarity and sensitivity
Allows you to state expectations for employee attendance and behavior
Sets out standards for confidentiality and ethical conduct of employees
Establishes procedures for billing and record keeping
Specifies formatting of all practice documents and correspondence
Allows you to anticipate questions and implement policies for employee issues
Helps to ensure clients are treated politely and professionally

The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet
In today's competitive environment, it is critical to have a comprehensive online marketing strategy that uses all the tools possible to differentiate your firm and gain new clients. The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet, in a completely updated and revised third edition, showcases practical online strategies and the latest innovations so that you can immediately participate in decisions about your firm's Web marketing effort. With advice that can be implemented by established and young practices alike, this comprehensive guide will be a crucial component to streamlining your marketing efforts.

From blogging and podcasting to e-mail blasts and search engine optimization, you'll discover everything you need to know -- in layperson's terms -- to make an immediate impact to your firm's bottom line. You'll discover how to keep top of mind within your target audience by using your site the best way possible.
The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing Your Practice
This new, revised edition of the Law Office Procedures Manual for Solos and Small Firms provides you with everything you need to establish an appropriate organizational structure to allow your firm to operate effectively, efficiently, and productively. It's a step-by-step guide offering advice and ideas for building and maintaining a thoroughly professional staff and practice.

This definitive marketing resource features approaches and insights from the country's top legal marketers on many topics, from strategic planning and public relations to Internet marketing and market research. Stop "marketing by accident" or "client development by chance" and take charge of your practice, by implementing the clear and effective marketing strategies found in this book!

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