READY RESOURCES: Ready Resources for Advising Small Businesses

Searching for additional resources to help you advise small businesses? Take a look at the ABA publications below and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GPSolo Division and the ABA. To order any of the products listed below, call the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221 or visit our website at

Attorney and Law Firm Guide to the Business of Law, Third Edition

By Edward Poll (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2014; 5150466; $149.95; GPSolo member price $135.95)

This updated edition outlines the fundamentals of running a successful law firm in practical, clear, and concise terms, simplifying the mystical process of operating a law practice so that anyone can become more effective and more profitable.

Business Divorce: Understanding Its Dynamics and Formulating Solutions

By Stephen H. Knee (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2015; 5150478; $49.95; ABA member price $44.95; GPSolo member price $39.95)

Offering an overview of the practical, legal, and psychological issues most commonly present in a business breakup, this is an ideal reference for anyone working with clients in closely held businesses.

The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm

By Kerry M. Lavelle (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2015; 5150481; $89.95; ABA member price $76.95; GPSolo member price $71.95)

Chosen as a practice management textbook by both the University of Illinois and the University of California, Davis, this book covers, in great detail, the time needed by you and how best to spend it to grow your law firm.

Family Business and Positive Psychology: New Planning Strategies for the 21st Century

By Scott E. Friedman (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2013; 5150459; $69.95; ABA member price $59.95; GPSolo member price $55.95)

The dynamics within a family business are inevitably complex. Clearly written and well organized, this book teaches you how to provide good counsel to family-run enterprises. The chapters and exercises within this book apply the insights of positive psychology to create best practices for achieving harmony and success.

How to Capture and Keep Clients: Marketing Strategies for Lawyers, Second Edition

Edited by jennifer j. rose (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2015; 5150482; $79.95; GPSolo member price $67.95)

In this new second edition, the best and most innovative solos and small firm lawyers offer their secrets, approaches, and strategies to that age-old puzzle of growing your law firm.

Law Firm Cybersecurity

By Daniel Garrie and Bill Spernow (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2017; 5150493; $59.95; GPSolo member price $47.95)

Law firms must take steps to create processes that mitigate and control the risk and fallout resulting from a data breach. A strong step in the right direction, this book is a resource that gives firms the tools they need to defend themselves.

Run Your Firm Like a Business: An Operations Guide for the Solo Practitioner and Small Law Firm

By Frank T. Lockwood (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2014; 5150462; $79.95; GPSolo member price $65.95)

Stop avoiding the administrative part of the profession and start planning your business strategy as you would your case strategy. Revolutionary systems, how to design them, implement them, and stick to them are all outlined in this guide.

Technology Tips for Lawyers and Other Business Professionals

By Jeffrey Allen and Ashley Hallene (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2016; 5150487; $59.95; ABA member price $53.95; GPSolo member price $47.95)

This book provides short tips on a wide range of tech issues. The tips emanate from GPSolo programs and are designed to help both the seasoned tech person as well as the novice.

The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals

By Jill D. Rhodes and Vincent I. Polley (ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force; 2013; 3550023; $59.95; ABA member price $47.95)

This handbook provides practical cyber threat information, guidance, and strategies to lawyers and law firms of all sizes.

The ABCs of Nonprofits, Second Edition

By Lisa A. Runquist (ABA Business Law Section; 2015; 5070689; $44.95; ABA member price $39.95)

This updated second edition is an excellent primer that will help nonprofits and their lawyers figure out where to start, what works, what doesn’t, and why.

Corporate Director’s Guidebook, Sixth Edition

(ABA Business Law Section; 2011; 5070644; $64.95)

Help directors engage in effective oversight and decision-making processes with this ABA best seller. This is a must-have book for business law practitioners and their corporate clients and explores overseeing both strategy and risk.

Cybersecurity for the Home and Office: The Lawyer’s Guide to Taking Charge of Your Own Information Security

By John Bandler (ABA Section of Science and Technology Law; 2017; 5450076; $69.95)

Every lawyer should be aware of the risks of loss or theft of sensitive information. This book makes it easier to understand these risks so a decision can be made regarding where to set the “cybersecurity dial” in home and office.

Emerging Companies Guide: A Resource for Professionals and Entrepreneurs, Second Edition

By Robert L. Brown and Alan S. Gutterman (ABA Business Law Section; 2011; 5070639; $129.95)

This book is a practical resource for those interested in forming a new company as well as for those who are advising them. It is a comprehensive, handy resource of key legal and business aspects of forming, organizing, operating, and developing emerging/growth-oriented businesses.

Fundamentals of Corporate Governance: A Guide for Directors and Corporate Counsel, Second Edition

By Gregory V. Varallo, Daniel A. Dreisbach, and Blake Rohrbacher (ABA Business Law Section; 2009; 5070629; $89.95)

Is the governance of companies “working” the way it should? This valuable guide focuses on the process and structure of corporate governance, and both are critical to the qualitatively better decision making demanded of modern boards.

Legal Project Management: Control Costs, Meet Schedules, Manage Risks, and Maintain Sanity, Second Edition

By Steven B. Levy (ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section; 2015; 5190521; $89.95)

This updated edition looks at the concepts of legal project management and demonstrates how to dramatically increase the odds of a project’s success through simple techniques. The author offers a project management framework designed from the ground up for legal practices and attorneys.

Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers, Second Edition

By Sharon D. Nelson, David G. Ries, and John W. Simek (ABA Law Practice Division; 2016; 5110805; $79.95)

This book covers the wide variety of information security risks facing law firms and how lawyers can best protect their data from these threats—with any budget.

The Portable Bankruptcy Code and Rules, 2017 Edition

Edited by Sally McDonald Henry (ABA Business Law Section; 2016; 5070739; $94.95; ABA member price $84.95)

This annual guide includes the most current provisions to the Bankruptcy Code and Rules. It is useful for any practitioner who deals with bankruptcy issues, whether a general practitioner or seasoned bankruptcy lawyer.

The 2017 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide

By Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek, and Michael C. Maschke (ABA Law Practice Division; 2017; 5110811; $89.95)

This one-of-a-kind annual guide is written to help solos and small firm lawyers find the best technology for their dollar.

GPSolo Division Links

“Representing Small Businesses Seeking Credit,” GPSolo July/August 2011.

Resource page for starting and running a law firm

Solo/Small Firm Forms Library

Sponsors page

Other Links from the ABA

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