10 Rapid Fire Answers About Opening Your Own Law Practice

Here are 10 rapid fire answers about opening your own law practice:

1. What websites should I read? 

In no particular order: Lawyerist, Solo Practice University, Above the Law’s Small Firm Page.

2. Do I need an iPad?


3. What kind of scanner should I buy?


4. Where should I locate my office?

Near your clients or the clients you want.

5. When should I hire someone?

When doing so makes you money.

6. What should I ask my accountant?

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What I’m Working On

This is a post only my Mom will care about. And maybe that’s stretching it.

First, I’m trying to reduce my caseload temporarily. I’m referring more things out. I’m very busy with what’s on my plate in terms of cases. More importantly, I’m working diligently to further improve systems and processes in the firm. I’m implementing some exciting new technology (really several new technologies) to improve the level of service we are able to provide our clients. Really exciting stuff and more to come on this.

We’ve also developed a column for Solo Practice University. The column is being co-written by me and Allison. It will debut this fall. Posts will be published on a monthly basis. We’re thrilled about this.

I am also working on a book. I’ve been working on this book for quite some time in my head. Recently, I finally nailed the concept. Fingers are getting put to keyboard and the ball is rolling. No idea on when it will be published. The book will fill what I think is a need in the literature on starting a law firm.

Along the same lines, expect more multimedia content in the future from this site. I also expect my work to be featured on more national outlets in the near future.

Finally, our office is now fully rented. I am so excited about the lawyer who has joined the collaborative. I think this person is a fantastic fit. But this is not my announcement to make.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you. I’ll stop navel gazing.

10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Going Solo

Deciding to hang your shingle is tough.

Here are 10 questions to ask yourself before going solo:

1. Am I better off working for someone else? Some very good lawyers benefit from the corporate structure of a firm and would be lost without it for a variety of reasons including support, money, and things being done for you.

2. Can I be my own boss? Being your own boss is hard. Sometimes you’ll be too hard on yourself. Other times not hard enough. 

3. Where am I going to get clients? Clients are the lifeblood of any practice.

4. What is my support system? Oh you’ll need help. Who in your family or circle of friends will be there to support your decision?

5.  Do I have enough money? Surviving the first year is tough. Undercapitalization will lead to loads of stress and bad decision making.

6. Does a partnership make sense? One the plus side having a partner feels like the safer decision and it can be. Having someone else to split the work with is great. However, entering into the “wrong” partnership can take a toll on your business and well being.

7. Is my spouse on board? Your spouse is your partner in this. Is she comfortable with going without a paycheck? Does she understand the risks/rewards?

8. What can I outsource? I built my firm’s entire back office, website, and social media presence. I knew I could do those things. Setting up quickbooks, figuring out taxes – I hired an accountant.

9. Am I prepared? You shouldn’t just go from idea to shingle. You should study, execute, and then hang your shingle. Follow good advice.

10. How am I going to deal with success? You will succeed. What’s your plan for dealing with it?


Ryan McKeen is A Connecticut Attorney he can be reached at (860) 471-8333

Starting Your Law Firm With Quickbooks

Starting your law firm with quickbooks online? Good. You should start your law firm with Quickbooks. Quickbooks done right.

You are asking for trouble if your books are a mess. You are risking your law license, needlessly endangering your clients, and paying the wrong amount in taxes. 

You must start your books off right. Don’t put this off. Don’t think that one day you’ll organize everything. That day will never come. Don’t assume that just because you are just starting and your transactions are few and far between that you can afford putting this task off. You can’t.  Click below to learn some valuable tips:

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4 Things You Need To Know About Renting A Law Office

Are you thinking of renting a law office?

Deciding to go out on your own is MCKEEN LAW FIRM 014-2 weba big decision. Once you’ve made the choice to start a firm – deciding on an office is probably your second big decision.

This post doesn’t deal with finding an office. It deals with 4 things you need to know about renting your first law office. These terms may very well differ from residential terms that you are used to.

Click below for 4 things you must know:

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4 Ways To Fight A Conservatorship In Connecticut

It’s the 4th of July. America is about liberty. Freedom to make choices.

Conservatorships deprive folks of their liberty. The right to choose where you live? Gone. The right to make medical decisions on your own? Gone. The right to bear arms? Gone. The right to vote? Gone.

In it’s place is notice on the land records that a person is incapable. 

No one should be conserved without effective aggressive representation. We have successfully fought conservatorships for 10 years in Connecticut.

Here are 4 ways to fight a conservatorship in Connecticut:

1. Don’t Accept The Application At Face Value

We treat the application as being untrue until proven otherwise. I can’t tell you how many times applications don’t tell the full story. We work with our clients to get the full story. For example, we recently won a case where a social worker alleged that an elderly man was abusive to his wife on account of him yelling at her. Turns out, the man was yelling because his wife didn’t have her hearing aide in.

2. Challenge the Medicine

So often physicians evaluations are simply conclusive – “patient has dementia”. We don’t accept this. Many times other treatable conditions such as thyroid problems can present as dementia.

3. Expose the Applicant’s Motives

Who is filing the application? Why are they filing it? Is it a sibling looking to grab control of a parent’s money? A nursing home looking to keep someone as a client?  Sometimes the applicant is motivated by doing good and sometimes there are alterior motives.

We’re not shy about asking the tough questions.

4. Telling Your Story Through Witnesses

We work with our clients to find witnesses to tell their story. In one case we know of, an elderly woman spoke of her husband dying in a tornado. This was used as evidence of her dementia. Her lawyers dug deeper, spoke with relatives, to find out that her husband was killed in the Windsor Locks tornado.

There are more than 4 ways we fight conservatorships. Just like a football team, we don’t post our playbook online. These 4 ways can only be effectively deployed by an attorney with conservatorship trial practice. Otherwise, they may backfire.

Don’ let them strip you or a loved one of your rights. Fight back. Call Ryan McKeen, he can help (860) 471-8333. We fight conservatorships throughout Connecticut.

As Close As I’m Getting To Yale

Yale let me in! Well more accurately they linked to me. Close enough. Close as I’m going to get.

While doing some routine site maintence I noticed an inbound like from the Yale Law School Library.  Aside from going to the Peabody Museum with my children this is as close to Yale as this proud Framingham State and WNEC Law grad can get.

When I clicked on it, here’s what is what I found: 

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Did My Lawyer Commit Dram Shop Notice Malpractice?

Did my lawyer commit dram shop notice malpractice?

Far too many folks are injured as a result of drunk drivers. Many of these drivers are visibily intoxicated when they are being served alchohol at a bar. In that case a person may be able to recover money for harms and losses against both the bar and the driver. This is known as a dram shop claim. 

A person must  to file a notice of a dram shop claim within 120 days of the date of the injury.

Notice must be given within a 180 days if the person is dead or incapacitated.

Failing to file notice means a claim cannot be made against a dram shop for damages.

If notice is properly filed then a person has one year from the date of an injury to bring a claim.

In an initial consultation, an attorney must make inquiry into whether or not a dram shop claim exists. If an attorney fails to do so or does and fails to file notice to a bar and you are harmed as a result, you are likely the victim of legal malpractice. Your lawyer may have cost you up to $250,000 in recovery (the statutory limit on a dram shop claim).

In order to protect your rights, you should immediately speak with a Connecticut Legal Malpractice attorney.

Know your dram shop law legal malpractice rights.

At McKeen Law Firm, LLC we are presently handling such a case. We can help. Call Attorney Ryan McKeen at (860) 471-8333 for a free consultation.

Buy This Pen For Your Law Practice

Are you going solo? Opening your own firm?

Everything matters. You must sweat the details. Right down to the smallest details. Perhaps especially the smallest detail.

Your firm is going to be great. Your pens should be to. Your clients are going to use them to sign important documents.

Buy this pen for your law practice, the Pilot G2 (blue ink):

It screams that you care. That you care that your clients are writing with a smooth instrument that moves across paper with grace.

I’m not paid by Pilot. This isn’t an ad. You will be amazed how many times your clients comment on this pen. Having this as an office plan shows your client that you care. And the details matter.


Ryan McKeen is A Connecticut Attorney.