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We Care. LawSpaceMatch Supports Run For Justice 2017

 

“Stand up for what is right, even if you’re standing alone” is one of the famous quotes which helps us understand the importance of supporting justice, standing up for the right cause no matter how difficult it is.

RUN FOR JUSTICE is a fun and an easy way to show your support for Atlanta Legal Aid and their great work!  They provide civil legal services to persons with very low incomes in Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Clayton and Cobb counties.  Last year, Legal Aid attorneys assisted over 50,000 people and handled over 24,000 cases, primarily involving housing, family, and senior citizens issues.  Begun in 1924 by 17 prominent local attorneys, Atlanta Legal Aid has meant access to justice for countless individuals, who would otherwise be shut out of an increasingly complex legal system because they do not have the money to hire a lawyer.   Check out what they are doing today at www.atlantalegalaid.org

The 27th Run for Justice will start in Oakhurst on November 11th, 2017 at 9:00 am.  Your support is needed.  Awards will be presented to the top 5-k finishers and teams in a variety of categories, including pets, children and strollers. Families, corporate, church, school and community teams are welcome.

LawSpaceMatch is one of the sponsors for this race.   We support  the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and we hope you will too.

See you at the race!

To Start or not to Start? That is the Question.

Are you thinking about opening a solo law firm? Starting a solo law practice allows you to be your own boss and work when, where, and on what you like.  Drawbacks of opening a solo law practice include being solely responsible for everything (finances, management, marketing, etc.) and possibly longer hours.  So before you start a solo law practice, read on for some things you should know beforehand.

Understand Yourself

The first thing you should do when deciding to start your own law practice is to ask yourself the following questions. Do I have the right skills and attitude to run my own business? How well do I tolerate risks? Am I an entrepreneur? Running your own business requires managerial, finance and marketing skills. Not only do you have to be confident with your legal knowledge, but you also have to be willing to learn or refine your business skills. 

Game Plan

If you still want to open a solo law firm after assessing your entrepreneurial and legal skills, develop a plan of action for your practice.

  •  Pick one or two areas of law you want to specialize in. Make sure you choose the right area of law to focus on because some areas are harder to get into.
  • Identify who your ideal clients are and  your specific  business goals:  do you want to reach a revenue goal or an experience goal?
  • Be sure to establish a financial, management, and marketing plan.  See if an intern at a local community college will help with your media plan.
  • Let people know that you are starting your own firm and your law practice specialty.  Join professional organizations that cater to your specialty. Networking is a great source for referrals.
  • Decide what kind of office environment is right for you. Instead of signing a lease for a year find an office  where you can share expenses by seeking other lawyers with empty law space.  Shared law office space is a no brainer as a  solo attorney.  The benefits  of sharing a law office space include: reduced rent, shared office equipment and conference rooms, and built-in networking and referral opportunities. Lawspacematch.com is a great way to find empty law  office space.

Use Legal Apps

Legal apps can assist you in working remotely and being a paperless law practice.

  • Cloud-based apps can be used for document authoring, file sharing, and backups. It provides mobility, flexibility, and security.
  • Google Docs/Sheets/Slides enables users to compose, edit, and share word processors, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • Dropbox allows you to store files in folders that can be private, public, or shared with certain users.
  • CrashPlan provides a safe and reliable means of backing up your documents.
  •  See Three Cloud-Based Tools Every Law Practice Needs – http://www.legalinkmagazine.com/2014/07/three-cloud-based-tools-every-law-practice-needs/ for more information. 

Consider getting a Mentor

Having more experienced attorneys in your law space who can help by advising about how to set flat rates or billing hours, counsel about a particular area of law outside of your growing expertise, valuable introductions to other lawyers and judges and lastly, perhaps referral business.   Again, you can find your mentor with shared law space.

We All Share

 

Sharing. It’s happening everywhere. Not only are people sharing office space, including law space, they are sharing cars, bikes, clothing and equipment. A number of sharing services have popped up in recent years, including ride-sharing services like Uber, Zimride and Lyft. Let’s not forget home-sharing services such as Airbnb. So, this trend of sharing continues. While efficiency may be at the heart of the matter, there is also the aspect of being in an efficient mode (whether you are seeking to create a small law office within another larger law office, or renting a ballgown for an upcoming event).

Ridesharing, apartment/home lending, peer-to-peer lending, reselling, coworking, talent-sharing… The sharing economy, sometimes also called the collaboration economy, is taking off in all sorts of niches. Sharing. It also inspires new legislation. For instance, a top official at the ride-sharing service Lyft and Senator Bo Watson of Tennessee created a new law that allows for car-booking companies to operate statewide to serve as model to other states.  Even Google has entered the new ride-share service arena. It comes down to offering people (including lawyers) a way to use data and space effectively for people to have access to when and where they want it. Co working has become and looks like it will stay the trend.

Overall, there seems to be economies of scale and substantial benefit in sharing. That is why they call it the Sharing Economy!

 

Office Space Rebooted

A new wave of office space design has arrived. And lawyers are keen to replicate this new law office space set up. Many workplaces have scrapped their traditional office plan for an open office plan. Traditional office plans are stuffed with cubicles, dominated by segregated areas and hinders collaboration. Open office plans remove the physical barriers of the traditional office, which increases interaction among coworkers, creates more common areas and reduces operating costs.

According to Cresa Atlanta¹ (a corporate real estate advisory firm), big law firms are also embracing the open office plan by creating more spaces for teamwork and introducing wall-less offices. Some top trends in law office redesign include providing a variety of work areas (including more collaborative space), integrating advanced technology, implementing flexible office design to remodel quickly to future change and “going green.”

Solo and small law firms can adopt the open office plan through coworking spaces, which allow individual professionals to work independently, but also collaboratively in a shared office. Working from home has its distractions and renting a traditional office is expensive. Being a member in a coworking space can help you focus and connect with other lawyers in the office. Building relationships with attorneys in your coworking space can lead to referrals and opportunities to brainstorm together. 

Other benefits of participating in a coworking space is not having to deal with a long-term lease, high rent and purchasing office amenities. Coworking spaces can “go green” by using a shared printer and scanner to reduce paper waste. Mail, packages and trash can all be picked up or delivered to one location, which results in a reduced carbon footprint. Solo and small law firms can reap numerous benefits from being a member in a coworking office. 

Lawspacematch.com is a great tool to jumpstart your way into a coworking office space. 

  • We help connect attorneys searching for a shared office with law firms who have excess office space. 
  • Attorneys can easily search for their desired law space and law firms can conveniently post key cost-reducing information about their available offices. 
  • Lawspacematch.com can help you save time and money. 

  Consider changing your law space design in 2017. 

¹ https://www.cresa.com/files/64212_Cresa_BigLaw.pdf

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We all need New Clients….Here are some tips

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According to a survey conducted by Thomson Reuters Solo and Small Law Firm group, the biggest challenge for solo and small firm law practices is acquiring new clients. Here are some tips for getting new clients.

1. Network, Network, Network!

Attend conferences and networking events. Join a bar association, professional organization or committee. Reach out to other lawyers, but also connect with non-lawyers who work in the same field as you. Let your family, friends and acquaintances know about your practice and specialties. Besides networking in person, be sure to network online too. Do whatever you can to get the word out about your practice.

2. Establish and Maintain an Online Presence

Establish a professional website for your law practice. Create a social media account on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Avvo. Continually update and participate in social media like contributing to Avvo forums or posting tweets about legal matters. Start a legal blog that provides helpful information your target audience is interested in. You can link your blog posts to your Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter account.

3. Referrals

Maintain relationships with past clients and inform them of all the services your law practice provides. Referrals can also come from other attorneys. Attorneys who work in a shared office space can recommend potential clients. Sharing an office space with other attorneys provides many benefits like a strong attorney network, shared resources (printers, wi-fi, conference rooms etc.), reduced rent and a focused work environment.

4. Karma is Real

Just because a particular client isn’t a good fit for your practice doesn’t mean they’re not a good fit for someone else’s. Don’t be afraid to refer a client you wouldn’t normally take to other practices. Who knows, maybe other attorneys just met with someone that would benefit more from your area of expertise.

Source:

Exclusive Survey Results: Small Firms’ Greatest Challenges And What They’re Doing To Address Them

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Jamming Again – LawSpaceMatch.com supports LawJam 2014

It’s True. Lawyers jam. The LawJam 2014, a charitable event by the Atlanta Bar Association, was held on June 7th, 2014, at the Variety Playhouse. Hundreds of lawyers showed at this annual event where proceeds support pro bono legal services and Atlanta Bar Association youth programs.

Young or old. Lawyers, as busy as they may be, remain committed to charitable organizations and the Atlanta Bar Association once again parlayed its organization maneuvers into a fun night with food, drink and a great variety of music. www.lawspacematch.com was a part of that night and supported the outreach to youth.

Due to lawspacematch.com’s leadership as a LawJam 2014 sponsor, along with law firms and other  orgainizations, and our contribution to the Atlanta Bar Foundation, Atlanta-area pro bono legal service organizations will continue to receive vital funding that provides worthy high school students with mentoring and employment through the Atlanta Bar Association Summer Law Internship. Additionally, deserving Atlanta-area law students will receive clerkship opportunities through the Atlanta Bar Association Minority & Diversity Clerkship Program.

Keep on Jamming Atlanta Bar Association. See you next year.

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PetitWorrell joins Atlanta

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Petitt Worrell has joined the ranks of law firms in Atlanta setting up its office located at One Glenlake 1 Glenlake Parkway, Suite 1030, and Atlanta Georgia 30339.  The Glenlake Parkway office is now a home to the Tampa, Florida law firm with Andrew Worrell heading up the new law office. The law firm provides expertise in various practice areas including, real estate, litigation, zoning and land use, and general counsel.

These savvy lawyers are conscious of the economic trends and client needs. “We can tailor fee arrangements on a case-by-case basis,” Pedro Bajo said. “When you’re smaller, you have that flexibility and can control your overhead” (as quoted in 2010). One of the ways Petitt Worrell is controlling overhead so that it can make impact in Atlanta is seeking other lawyers who are willing to share office space.  The law office space available at the lovely office of One Glenlake includes a modern class “A” office building, conveniently located on the perimeter, adjacent to Georgia 400 and easy access to most of Atlanta. Window office on 10th floor with great panoramic views and an interior office are available.  All offices are fully furnished with beautiful furniture. Secretarial spaces are also available and/or limited secretarial help may be negotiated.  Rent includes full use of office including beautiful conference room, copier, fax and kitchen. Attached covered parking deck with free parking.  The building has a bistro on the first floor, workout area and shoe shine.  Perimeter Mall and numerous other retail and restaurants are close by.   Check out the details at www.lawspacematch.com/listing-details/529711.

Welcome Petitt Worrell! It looks like this law firm will be here for a long time.

http://www.petittworrell.com

Petitt Worrell’s Tampa offices are located at One Urban Centre 4830 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 475Tampa, 33609