- Solo practitioners and small law firms primarily service clients who earns between $36,001 and $179,000
- Their clients include middle to low income individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.
- They build their clientele through friends, family, community, Pro-Bono and referrals.
- Ninety -four percent still uses an hourly fee structure while 88% charge flat fees.
- Google is the number one legal resource for solo practitioners followed by Case-Maker, Online Trial Court Library, MCLE and West Law.
- Support services often outsourced by solo practitioner and small law firms include investigative, paralegal and deposition, clerical, technical and accounting support.
- General office management
- Hiring, training and supervising staff
The top 10 practice areas for solo practitioners and small law firms are:
1) Estate Planning & Probate
2) Real Estate Law
3) Elder Law
5) Consumer Law
6) Family Law
8) Criminal Law
9) Immigration Law
10) Labor Law/Management
Attorneys reported spending nearly 40% of their workday on tasks other than practicing law. 70% of respondents said they spent too much time on administrative task that would be better assigned to a legal assistant.