Posted by Jay Kamlet on Jun 01, 2017
Grow your small law firm by adding another lawyer
As an independent lawyer, there may come a time when you decide that you need some additional help. Bringing another lawyer into your firm can be a great way to grow your business and reach more clients. Here are some tips for adding another lawyer to your practice:
- Decide what kind of lawyer that you want to hire. If you specialize in a niche area of law, do you want someone who also works in that practice area? Do you have more clients than you can handle in this expertise? Or would you prefer to branch out and offer complementary legal services that this new attorney will handle?
- Really think about the position before you hire. Do you want to hire a lawyer part-time to help you, or are you looking for a partner to help you run the business? Are you willing to hire more office and research assistants in order to help your new lawyer?
- Ask around. You may already know some lawyers that could be a good fit for your practice. If not, seek referrals from colleagues and friends, or advertise the position at local law schools.
- Do several interviews. Even if you really like one applicant over the rest, it is important to interview several people. Think beyond skills and resumes; you want someone who fits into your firm’s culture. Pick someone with whom you can develop a good rapport and level of trust.
Hiring another lawyer is a big step in the growth of your small law firm. Take your time and choose wisely. You might even consider hiring an attorney on a contract or conditional basis to be sure it is the right fit for both of you.
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