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Bar News - April 4, 2008

Managing the Small Firm Hear from Those Who Do It

Edward Philpot

Save the date June 20, 2008 for a special day of programming on law practice management basics for the solo and small firm attorney, to be held at the North Conway Grand Hotel, in conjunction with the 2008 NHBA Annual Meeting.

"So You Want to Open Your Own Office," is the title for this comprehensive day of workshops and discussions, being organized by veteran solo practitioner Edward Philpot of Laconia, and Richard Sager, who runs his own municipal law practice in Ossipee. (Please note: Only limited portions of this program will qualify for NHMCLE credit. You should take this program if you want to better manage your law office; do not take it to earn credits.)

The program takes place at the site of the 2008 NHBA Annual Meeting, and will be open to both commuters and Annual Meeting attendees. (More about pricing, registration forms and activities of the Annual Meeting will be available at or in upcoming Bar News.)

The program will briskly cover the wide range of issues you will face in running your own practice, with hard-earned wisdom shared by featuring a faculty of attorneys who run solo or small firms in a variety of NH settings North Country, Lakes Region, and southern NH, representing a variety of practice areas.

The topics, broadly construed, include:

Setting up your office The details about setting up an office, buying supplies, equipping your office with computers and telephones.

Office setup - Part Two Insurance, research resources, staffing, software, and beginning discussion of marketing your practice.

Managing the practice of law selecting areas of practice; "clients, cases and cash," and pointers on keeping clients coming back.

The next step "Now I have clients Help!" will discuss how to manage your caseload as your practice builds, and will also touch on "Partnerships the other civil union."

The business of a law practice - managing the money, billing, trust accounts, and financial management software options, and, most important, why you should hire an accountant to help you.

Note: The Flying Solo program will qualify for 4.25 NHMCLE Hours including .5 Ethics Credits.

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