Starting Your Own Law Practice? Here’s How to Fail

Take it from Elizabeth Miller, co-author of “From Lawyer to Law Firm, How to Manage a Successful Law Business,” this is what you should NOT do when setting up your law firm.

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“Mr. Beaver, your articles influenced me to become a lawyer, and I was just admitted to the bar in my state. One day I hope to do something like you, writing a newspaper column that educates and helps so many people.

“Due to COVID-19, it is proving impossible to find employment. So, there is no choice but to open my own office, and I would appreciate your advice on the things I should avoid doing. Thanks, ‘Stella.’”

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H. Dennis Beaver, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Author of "You and the Law"

After attending Loyola University School of Law, H. Dennis Beaver joined California's Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he established a Consumer Fraud section. He is in the general practice of law and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "You and the Law." Through his column he offers readers in need of down-to-earth advice his help free of charge. "I know it sounds corny, but I just love to be able to use my education and experience to help, simply to help. When a reader contacts me, it is a gift."