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Starting a Practice in New York | 2014 LPM CLE Program

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Friday, May 16, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Special Member and Co-Sponsor Pricing

Starting a Practice in New York | What You Need to Know
Friday, May 16, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7.5 MCLE Credits

Live Program - Sold Out | Webcast Option Still Available
NYC | Affinia Manhattan | 371 Seventh Avenue at 31st
Sponsored by the Law Practice Management Committee of the New York State Bar Association and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education
Are you considering opening your own firm? Are you a recent law school graduate just starting out? Are you considering leaving your place of employment and starting your own practice?  The New York State Bar Association Law Practice Management Committee is pleased to present an MCLE program on Starting a Practice in New York.
This full-day program will provide an overview of what it takes to own your own practice. From choosing a business entity to choosing office space and attracting new clients, this program will provide practical and useful tips for starting a practice in New York.
Focusing on solo practice, this year's program topics include: setting up bank accounts; general accounting information; tax concerns; setting up IOLA accounts; client retainer agreements and intake forms; collecting payments; leaving your old firm; handling referral business; the ethical issues of using the Internet to market your practice; social media considerations; increasing your list of contacts; and much more.
This program sells out.  Seating is limited.  Register early and guarantee your seat at the program.

Registrant Reviews:
“The course was useful to an attorney in practice for over 25 years. New ideas from other experienced attorneys are always useful. This program was not only good for someone looking to start a practice.”
“One of the best CLE programs at NYSBA.”
"Fabulous presenters. Valuable information - thank you for helping me start my practice."


Agenda Topics

Starting Your Own Law Practice: The Basics
·         Your Business Plan (Yes You Need One)
·         Choosing a Legal Entity
·         Home Office or Rented Space?
·         Your Office Equipment and Technology
Insurance Considerations - Protecting Your Practice
Getting Beyond “Everything That Comes In the Door”
What Type of Law Should You Practice? 
Choosing the Right Legal Specialty (or Specialties) in a Tough Market
·         Identifying Practice Areas with Growth Potential
·         Doing “What’s Not Being Done”
·         Letting the Market Tell You Who You Are
·         When the Client, Not the Practice Area, is the “Specialty”

Maximizing Your Marketing | Turning Basic Business Cards, Letterhead and Websites into Marketing Statements

Get the Clients and Cases You Want
·         Finding Clients
·         Exploiting Your Small Size to Get the Clients and Cases You Want
·         Practice and Time Management: Do it Right or Die
·         Coordinating With Co-Counsel to Build Your Practice
·         Special Pitfalls of Litigation to Avoid
Managing and Organizing Your Practice
•    Beyond the Solo Practice
•    When Should You Hire Your First Associate, Paralegal, or Administrator?
•    Human Resource Issues (Payroll, Insurance, General Accounting)
•    Technology: Maximizing Efficiency
•    Practice Management Software
•    Engagement Letters
•    Office Policies
•    Procedure Memos and Templates
•    Emergency Preparedness
Becoming a “Bathrobe Lawyer” | How to Build a Successful Solo Practice Out of a Home Office
·         Can You/Should You Work Out of Your Home?
·         Setting Up Your Home Office
·         Marketing, Managing and Growing Your Home-Based Practice
·         Time Management for the Home-Based Lawyer
·         Dealing with Temptations, Interruptions and “Sidetracks”
·         Legal and Tax Issues for the Home-Based Lawyer
Critical Issues and Ehical Considerations for the Solo Practitioner
·         When You Are “More Than a Lawyer”: Conflicts of Interest in the Real World
·         Working for Chickens: Investing in Clients and Other Nontraditional Forms of Payment
·         What Exactly is the “Practice of Law” and When Is It “Unauthorized”?
·         Partnering with Nonlawyers: the Do’s and Don’t’s
·         Representing Family Members, Business Partners and Other Multiple Clients
·         When Clients Cross State Lines: Doing Legal Work in Jurisdictions Other Than New York
·         “Reader, Advisor, Barista, Attorney at Law”: Combining a Law Practice with Other Sources of Income
Program Fee includes luncheon sponsored by

USI Affinity
Refreshment Breaks sponsored by
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Also sponsored by 
This program is sponsored by the New York State Bar Association 

Antitrust Law Section; Commercial and Federal Litigation Section; Corporate Counsel Section; Dispute Resolution Section; Elder Law and Special Needs Section; Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section; Family Law SectionGeneral Practice Section; Health Law Section; Intellectual Property Law Section; Municipal Law Section; Real Property Law Section; Senior Lawyers Section; Tax Law Section; Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section; Trial Lawyers Section; Trusts and Estates Section; Young Lawyers Section

Also sponsored by

Asian American Bar Association of New York; Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association; Association of Black Women Attorneys ; Injured Workers’ Bar Association; Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York; Albany County Bar Association; New York City Trial Lawyers Alliance, Inc.; New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; New York State Trial Lawyers Association; New York Criminal Bar Association; Orange County Bar Association; Putnam County Bar Association; Queens County Women's Bar Association; Rochester Black Bar Association; Small and Solo Firm Practitioners Committee of the Albany County Bar Association; Schenectady County Bar Association; Society of New York Workers' Compensation Bar Association; South Asian Bar Association of New York; Westchester County Bar Association; Staten Island Women's Bar Association; Yonkers Lawyers’ Association


Learn more about Law Practice Management Resources | www.nysba.org/LPM

LIve Program Sold Out!  Webcast Registration Still Available.

This course has been approved for all attorneys, including those who are newly admitted (less than twenty-four months). This program will also be streamed as a live webcast. Newly admitted attorneys must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit.
Affinia Manhattan
371 7th Avenue @ 31st Street
New York, NY 10001
Online Registration has closed, to register please contact the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452