Hanging a Shingle: Starting and Perfecting a Successful Law Practice (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $295 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 7/31/2021

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A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the July 2018 live seminar, Hanging a Shingle: Starting and Perfecting a Successful Law Practice.


Cosponsored with the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar

Whether you are thinking of starting your own law practice or if your shingle has been hanging for a while, you will want to view this seminar. This is a unique opportunity to hear and learn from attorneys who have started their own law firms and can provide you with tips to put you on the right path to hanging (or polishing) your shingle. This seminar will help you prepare and fine-tune your office.

Virginia CLE® has worked closely with solo and small firm practitioners to develop topics that are imperative to the success of your business. From business formation, handling trust accounts and client files, to hiring support staff and purchasing equipment, this program is a must for any small firm practitioner.

Topics include:

  • Get practical advice from practicing attorneys who have started their own successful law firms, including the right office space for your needs, how to hire and maintain support staff, and how to provide insurance for you and your employees
  • Learn what budget-friendly equipment and technology are essential for every office
  • Make office management efficient with the best methods for filing, conflict checking, accounting, timekeeping, and billing
  • Discover ways to stay out of trouble: avoid ethical violations by properly managing your clients’ money and utilizing appropriate fee agreements
 

Schedule

COURSE TOPICS

Opening a Law Practice—Initial Business Considerations
Elliott P. Park
  • Business plan
  • Type of entity
  • Office space
  • Equipment
  • Staff
Budget-Friendly Technology for Your Law Office
Sharon Nelson and John W. Simek
  • Case management, time and billing
  • Document management and assembly
  • Microsoft Office, Office 365, PDF
  • Security suites, e-mail encryption, hard drive encryption, secure cloud computing
  • Computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and a host of other technology needed in today’s law firm
Law Office Management
Zachary A. Kitts
  • File management and recordkeeping
  • Conflict checking
  • Accounting systems
  • Timekeeping and billing
  • Deadline management
Employment Law Considerations
Amy E. Smith
  • Filing and payment of payroll taxes
  • Pay periods/withholding pay
  • Employee benefits
Ethics of Handling the Money
Jeannie P. Dahnk, William E. Glover, and Leslie A.T. Haley
  • IOLTA/Non-IOLTA accounts
  • Recordkeeping considerations
  • Credit card use
  • Type of fees
  • Retainers (really?)
  • Non-engagement agreements
Ethics of Fee Agreements
Jeannie P. Dahnk, William E. Glover, and Leslie A.T. Haley
  • Ethical considerations associated with trust accounts, credit card accounts, and other bank accounts
  • Ethical considerations associated with fee agreements and retainers

Faculty

FACULTY

Jeanne P. Dahnk, Glover & Dahnk / Fredericksburg
William E. Glover, Glover & Dahnk / Fredericksburg
Leslie A.T. Haley, Park Haley LLP / Richmond
Zachary A. Kitts, K&G Law Group / Fairfax
Sharon D. Nelson, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. / Fairfax
Elliott P. Park, Park Haley LLP / Richmond
John W. Simek, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. / Fairfax
Amy E. Smith, Isler Dare, P.C. / Richmond

MODERATOR

Farnaz F. Thompson, University of Virginia, Office of the Virginia Attorney General / Charlottesville

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