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General Solos Do It Faster and Better.

Perhaps one of the most remarkable things I have discovered since I started my firm is— adobe acrobat. As a new attorney with a general solo practice, I endeavor to be more like the adobe acrobat professional— practical and intuitive with the power to transform and adapt to changing needs and programs.

In addition to the law, I love tools— especially power tools. I love that feeling I get when I am working on some new project and realize that I have just the right tool for the job— that will make it easier and get it done right the first time. That reminds me of something a good friend said the first time he came into my office, “this is a place where things get done. One way or another, they get done!” He was no doubt moved by the juxtaposition of my fabulous all-in-one copier and my equally fabulous craftsman Laser Trac miter saw. Yes, I can fax, pdf and frame out a door way in the same office!

The other day I found myself desperate for a certain immigration form that had to be completed and filed STAT. It also had to be signed by myself and my client. Enter my AAP. Using my adobe acrobat professional I was able to download, complete via type, sign & send the form to my client for him to sign and return to me via fax in less than 20 minutes! While I waited for him to send it back, I used my Dremel to change and refit the door nob and lock on my office door.

On another occasion I needed to format and print a litigation cover (blue back). Two months ago I spend what felt like days trying to figure out how to properly align Blumburg forms for printing. Those days are gone. Now I simply scan, convert, type and— voilá!

Being a general solo can be very nerve-racking, tiring, scary and overwhelming, but with the right tools, it can also be made simpler and even fun.

FYI, my Potluck Legal Network is still accepting new members for 2010, please feel free to contact me if you would like to join the group. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month to eat, drink, socialize and network. Thanks and happy new year.

Comments (5)

Sharyn Wolf, CSW:

It is great to read about your developing practice and ever-developing skills-legal AND administrative. Your practice is rapidly growing and is a testament to your fine character.


Thank you Sharyn.

Larry J:

Hey, I had some catching up to do. Definitely glad to read the practice is growing. And the blogs have been really entertaining. Keep it up. Even if I don't see you, I know what you're thinking.Nice!


I can relate to everything you are going through. I am a new Attorney...admitted October 2009 and I am going through the growing 'pains' of starting my own practice. It is indeed a labour of love, it is scary yet exhilarating. I would love to join your Legal Network and share stories.


Hello Carmelita and congratulations. The next meeting of my Potluck Legal Network is actually tomorrow evening and you are welcome to join us. I too would love to share stories. I will send you a message to the email address attached to this posting.

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