Morning Briefing: Can you make it as a solo lawyer as online services rise?

by Steve Randall25 May 2015
Can you make it as a solo lawyer as online services rise?
While the trend is for some law firms to get bigger while boutiques are increasing is there still a place for a one-lawyer practice? Solo practitioners make up the largest group of lawyers in the US and CNN reports that tax office figures reveal that their average earnings have fallen by 30 per cent from 1988 to 2012 (to around AU$68,000). The article says that the legal profession is under pressure from online legal services with solo lawyers, who are less likely to be working for corporates and more likely to work with individuals, are suffering. The story raises the question of fees and suggests that middle and low-income Americans cannot afford the fees charged by many lawyers and will be increasingly drawn to the online alternatives which may make being a one-lawyer practice unsustainable.
 
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