Time and Resource Management for the Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Attorney

Jeremy Byellin offers some advice:

There are the obvious, lawyerly tasks like making court appearances, meeting or otherwise communicating with clients, drafting court documents, and researching.

But there are also a number of less glamorous chores that are only tangentially related to the practice of law, if at all, including creating and sending out invoices, managing your schedule, organizing your files, and otherwise keeping the lights on for your practice.  If you’re anything like me, you don’t feel that much like a lawyer when you spend your time doing these things.  But for lawyers in small law firms, they are often a necessity, especially if your firm doesn’t have full-time administrative help.

Perhaps the worst part isn’t that these things need to get done, but the fact that you need to spend as much of your time as possible doing actual lawyer stuff – you know, the stuff that generates income, which, in turn, means that you want to spend as little of your time as possible on anything else.

So we now revisit the same question: how can you get it all done?

The piece, "As a small or solo law firm attorney, how can you get it all done?", can be found at Above the Law.