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Starting a Law Practice

Starting a Practice 

 Starting a Law Practice Kit and Checklist 


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Choice of Entity

An Accountant's View: Financial Trends that Affect Law Firms

Do you need to contact The Missouri Bar if you're forming a law firm organized as a PC, LLC, LLP?

If forming a Professional Corporation, you will need to send the name of the proposed professional corporation to the Clerk of the Supreme Court along with the names of the proposed lawyer-shareholders plus a $5.00 fee for each shareholder. The Court will send you a Statement of Good Standing for each of the shareholders that will need to accompany your Articles of Incorporation that will be filed with the Secretary of State's Office. Write to: Clerk of the Supreme Court, P.O. Box 150, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0150.

If forming a sole proprietorship, LLC or LLP, the above is not required.


A collection of sample forms to help you communicate with your clients to form lasting relationships and develop satisfied clients

ClientKeeper (Word)
ClientKeeper (PDF)

Resources on Starting a Law Practice

Available through the LPM Lending Library:

How to Start & Build a Law Practice
Flying Solo
Running a Law Practice on a Shoestring
 Minding Your Own Business: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer's Guide to a Profitable Practice


All licensed attorneys must certify compliance with Supreme Court Rule 4-1.15 relating to trust accounts. Each attorney must provide information about the trust account(s) they use, or certify a valid exemption for not maintaining a trust account.

Eligible Financial Institutions

Law Firm Partnership Agreements

Available Resources from the LPM Lending Library:

Law Partnership: It's Rights and Responsibilities
Law Firm Partnership Revisited

Professional Liability Insurance

Endorsed by The Missouri Bar - The Bar Plan

Insurance Programs

Why Should I Buy Professional Liability Insurance?

Credit Card Processing for Attorneys

LawPay: Credit Card Processing for Attorneys. Trust your transactions to the only payment solution suggested by over 50 bar associations. Correctly safeguard and separate client funds into trust and operating accounts. Funds are never commingled. The ability to accept credit cards attracts clients, improves cash flow and reduces collections. Plus, members will save up to 25% off their credit card processing fees. If you are considering accepting credit cards or want to confirm that you are processing credit card transactions correctly, call 866-376-0950 or visit LawPay Credit Card Processing.  

Trust Fund Handbook

A practical guide for setting up your trust account and making trust account decisions.

Lawyer Trust Account Handbook (PDF)
Lawyer Trust Account Handbook (Word)


Working with Virtual Assistants

Working with a Virtual Assistant: What Lawyers and Administrators Should Know by Andrea Cannavina
Ruby Receptionist


Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference

Celebrate.Collaborate.Connect. at this conference designed by and for solo and small firm lawyers. Plus, join the Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee and corresponding online community for year-round networking and support.

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Free Online Legal Research


Online Practical Skills Online Sessions

This series of how-to videos are available online anytime at no cost to members of The Missouri Bar. Learn the basics of starting a practice and marketing your firm as well as how to represent a client with a traffic ticket, the fundamentals of handling a name change, writing a simple will, practicing limited scope representation - just to name a few.

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