Self-Help Resources

Beginning and Ending a Practice

Frequently Asked Questions  
Focuses on getting started as a solo practitioner.  

Starting a Practice: A Checklist
More than you bargained for, but why leave anything out?

Planning for the Lawyer's Retirement, Disability, or Death
Comprehensive materials that merit consideration.

Guide to Best Practices for Client File Retention and Management
Produced in cooperation with the WSBA Professional Responsibility Program, this handbook outlines standard retention times for specific documents, broken out by area of practice. As these are simply guidelines, it is your responsibility to perform due diligence to determine if these timelines are appropriate for your practice.

Planning Ahead: A Guide to Protecting Your Clients’ Interests in the Event of Your Disability or Death
Produced by the WSBA, this handbook outlines the steps, discusses the issues, answers questions, and includes checklists and forms for succession planning.


Coping with Paper and Electronic Files

Guide to Client File Retention
The short answer is seven years, but please read.

Due Diligence Questions for Online Backup Vendors

Recommended Skills Training

Toastmaster Club #2713
The Seattle Downtowners Toastmasters Club can support you in communicating effectively through the art of public speaking.

Thursdays, noon–1:00 p.m.
Skinner Building, 1326 Fifth Avenue
(between Union/University)
7th Floor Conference Room

Contact: downtowners@gmail.com 

Law Firm Business Plan Template

A free template to develop your business.

Self Audit Checklist

A checklist for getting the pulse of your firm.

Affordable Care Act Webinar

Free information on the ACA

Casemaker Legal Research

Free legal research for WSBA members.