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Checklist for Starting a Law Practice in WA State

  1. Professional Licensing
    1. WSBA – Casemaker (Free Legal Research Tool)
    2. Court Admissions
      1. USDC – Western Washington
      2. USDC – Eastern Washington
      3. USCA – Ninth Circuit
      4. Other Federal Courts
    3. CLE’s
  2. Organization / Entity Selection & Registration
    1. PS, PLLC, etc
    2. Agent of Service Designation
    3. Legal Business Address
    4. Permanent Phone
    5. Permanent Email
      1. Electronic Voice Mail
  3. Business & Tax Registrations
    1. Washington Secretary of State
      1. Professional Registration dba’s etc.
      2. UBI Number
    2. Washington State Department of Revenue
    3. Washington Department of Labor & Industries
      1. Only if Employees
    4. IRS – EIN #
      1. Imperative for Bank Account, etc
    5. City of Seattle Business License
    6. King County Business License Requirements
      1. Personal Property Affidavit
  4. Associations
    1. National – ABA, etc.
    2. State – Practice Area Chapters, WSAJ, WACDL, AILA, Etc.
  5. Libraries
    1. King County Law Library
    2. UW Law Library
    3. Seattle University Law Library
  6. Fee Agreements – by Practice Area – check with associations for models
    1. Contingency
    2. Hourly
    3. Flat
  7. Client Intake Forms – Paper and Electronic
    1. Automated Adobe into Excel
  8. Insurance
    1. Professional Liability
    2. Medical
  9. Banking
    1. IOLTA
      1. Opinion 177 Agreement?
    2. General Business Account
    3. Checks Printed, etc.
    4. Electronic Banking
    5. Credit Card Acceptance (not advised due to risk of chargebacks)
  10. Electronic Court Filing Registration
    1. Federal PACER/ECR
    2. King County Efile
    3. Pierce County LINK
  11. Software
    1. Office Suite – Word, Excel, etc.
    2. Adobe Acobat Professional
    3. Accounting Software
  12. Court Records Search Accounts Registration
    1. State Patrol – Collision Reports
    2. SCOMIS
    3. King County ECR Online
      1. Superior
      2. District
  13. Library – Office
    1. Washington State Court Rules Book – Essential
    2. Evidence Handbook
  14. Office Location
    1. Lease Agreements
      1. Premises Insurance, Locks, Keys, Access Cards
    2. Office Furniture
    3. Parking – Self
    4. Parking – Clients
  15. Printing – Paper
    1. Announcements
    2. Business Cards
    3. Letterheads
    4. Envelopes
    5. Pleading Paper
    6. Crack & Peel Mailing Labels
  16. Printing – Electronic
    1. Letterhead
    2. Website
    3. Email w/ IRS Disclaimer
    4. Electronic Signature
  17. Equipment
    1. Scanner
    2. Photocopier
    3. Printer
    4. Telephone
    5. Supplies
      1. Lablemaker, Files, 3 Ring Binders
      2. Calendar
      3. Calculator
      4. 3 hole, 2 hole, stapler, tape, stapler remover, pens, pads, stickies, etc.
  18. Rubber Stamps
    1. Received Date and Name
    2. Name and Address
    3. Banking Deposit General
    4. Banking Deposit IOLTA
    5. Client Copy, Judges Copy, Original, etc.
  19. Postage
    1. com
  20. Vendors
    1. ABC Legal – Service of Process
    2. Others
  21. Marketing
    1. AVVO
    2. LinkedIn
    3. co
    4. Martindale
    5. Lists from Associations
  22. Advertising – Caution
  23. Website – Caution