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Approved for 1 hour of General CLE Credit, 0.5 hours of Ethics, and 0.5 hours of Technology.


Valerie Barnhart, esq.


Many attorneys dream of opening their own practice, but don’t necessarily know where to begin. This seminar will walk through some of the steps needed to start – from choosing a professional entity to practice under and finding the right type of location, to hiring good office staff and making sure your technology is secure. Any attorney who watches this seminar will gain a better understanding of: the pros and cons of each professional entity option, including PLLC, PA, and partnerships; the unexpected charges to be aware of when signing a rental or lease agreement for your new office; finding and hiring the right staff; your ethical obligation to maintain competence with technology; Florida Bar Rules governing trust accounts; the issues to be aware of when advising or soliciting clients; and much more!

Course Agenda

  • Choosing an Entity
  • Office Space
  • Staffing Your Law Firm
  • Marketing Your Law Firm
  • Trust Accounting
  • Technology for your Firm
  • Key Takeaways


Slides – Making the Jump: A Step-By-Step Guide On How to Launch Your Law Firm

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