By Enrique Flores, Flores Law Group LLC
Until last year, I practiced at small firms. I also was a law clerk at the Attorney General’s office, so I was never by myself during regular business hours. I used to crave weekend work since I could be more productive without interruption. “If only it could be like this all the time,” I thought. At the same time, I was spoiled by support staff and the social aspect of a bustling office. I often wondered how my solo colleagues got along. How do they stay on task? Who prepares their letters? Where do they hide the horn they grow when they go solo?
I am now in my second year as a solo attorney. My paralegal joined the practice at the end of September last year. I still handle almost all phone calls, daily tasks and substantive attorney work. I alone handle the financial and operations side of the practice. Things I did not do before. I talk to inanimate objects and laugh by myself all the time, but I did those things before going solo. The truth is that solo attorneys are practicing the same as attorneys in firms, except with more responsibilities. In his blog entry for Lawyerist, Nine Myths About Solo Attorneys, Randall Ryder dispels the myths and misconceptions that surround solo practitioners. Ryder gives a truthful tour behind the scenes of our show. I recommend this if you are a solo looking for solace or if you are an attorney wondering about the solo life.
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