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Working as a solo practitioner has both pros and cons, just like any other attorney. Some of the pros include complete freedom over what cases they work on and making their own destiny. Some of the cons include a lower average salary compared to private practice attorneys and less support staff to help you in than you would have in private practice.
Solo practitioners enjoy various benefits that larger firm practitioners may lack, such as complete freedom over the cases they choose and the nature of their practice. That being said, there are some downsides to becoming a solo practitioner, including reduced staffing and a lower average salary as compared to larger firm practitioners. All in all, you should weigh your options and consider becoming a solo practitioner if it is the right fit for you.
1. Why did you decide to become a solo practitioner?
I always wanted to have my own business and not work for someone.
2. What is the best part of being a solo practitioner?
I create my own schedule.
3. What is the worst part of being a solo practitioner?
Feast and famine. The clients don't always pay.
4. What advice would you give to others looking to become a solo practitioner?
Pay your bills in advance, don't pay them as they come in. This way if it is famine, you can survive.
5. What is a typical day like for you as a solo practitioner?
Court, Office work, Nap.
6. Is there anything else that is important to know about you and your practice, or that you would like to add?
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