When lawyers decide to open their own firm, they think a lot about the location of their new office, the staff members who have served them well and the clients they want to take with them.

But they do not seem to anticipate many of the new skills they will need to properly set up shop. For example, how will they manage timekeeping and accounting? How will they select new employees — and how will the staff they brought with them react to new software and protocols? How will the lawyers practice law, yet tackle all the administrative tasks of a new operation?

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