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I can never be a solo

Recently I had to cut a day short from the office and worked ambulancechaser201301/31/18
Sorry you didn’t enjoy your work from home day. Most s greenhorn02/01/18
I have all the respect for solos or for that matter any entr ambulancechaser201302/01/18
To no end. ambulancechaser201302/01/18
I had a bad habit of putting briefs off and then got stuck i fettywap02/01/18
fettywap, when I worked at a firm, I often was writing brief blakesq02/01/18
I mean, I knew about the brief for 2 weeks and just put it o fettywap02/01/18
Going by what OP said, I ought to be a solo - I can't stand wolfman02/01/18
The solitude would kill me if I was not busy all the time. I ambulancechaser201302/01/18
Most solos I know, myself included, are not exactly working guyingorillasuit02/01/18
Being a solo rocks if you can deal with inconsistent income cocolawyer02/02/18
It's not for everyone i suppose. I love being a solo. I dopesmokeresquire02/01/18
I agree, OP. I need dat constant human interaction. I need t lolwutjobs02/01/18
i love working with lots of other people. I find the life o defensivelawyer02/01/18
You can be a solo and still be around other lawyers to bs wi nycop02/02/18
ambulancechaser2013 (Jan 31, 2018 - 10:52 pm)

Recently I had to cut a day short from the office and worked from home. It was so bad. I did real work, but the solitude and the fact that I was interrupted and working from my bedroom killed me. I think it would only be marginally better if I worked from my own office in some building. I would ruminate all day.

I don’t know how you solos can do it. Hats off to you.

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greenhorn (Feb 1, 2018 - 12:45 am)

Sorry you didn’t enjoy your work from home day.

Most solos rarely get that chance to sit down and do work. In fact, most only find this kind of solitude at night.

As a solo you will have plenty of phone calls to make and to receive, meetings with clients, running to and from court, grabbing lunch with possible referral sources, etc, etc.

As a solo you won’t be lonely lol.

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ambulancechaser2013 (Feb 1, 2018 - 12:55 am)

I have all the respect for solos or for that matter any entrepreneur who starts a business, law or otherwise. For me I would do it with great trepidation. It does not come natural to me. Could I do it? Yes. Would I be good at it/would it stress me to no need? I don’t know.

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ambulancechaser2013 (Feb 1, 2018 - 12:56 am)

To no end.

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fettywap (Feb 1, 2018 - 9:38 am)

I had a bad habit of putting briefs off and then got stuck in my office writing them at night when I was a solo.

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blakesq (Feb 1, 2018 - 9:57 am)

fettywap, when I worked at a firm, I often was writing briefs late at night to make a deadline. both solos and firm attorneys are ruled by deadlines.

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fettywap (Feb 1, 2018 - 10:36 am)

I mean, I knew about the brief for 2 weeks and just put it off until the last minute because I didn't have a supervisor breathing down my neck to get it done.

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wolfman (Feb 1, 2018 - 10:14 am)

Going by what OP said, I ought to be a solo - I can't stand talking to people at work and cringe whenever someone comes by my office or hails me in the hallway.

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ambulancechaser2013 (Feb 1, 2018 - 10:39 am)

The solitude would kill me if I was not busy all the time. I would look forward to going to Court at 8:30 a.m. and getting my day started. Court appearances, depositions and trials make lawyering worth it. Being in front of a computer putting a motion from scratch make it a drag.

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guyingorillasuit (Feb 1, 2018 - 12:42 pm)

Most solos I know, myself included, are not exactly working back-breaking hours. At least a couple days a month, I work from home. At least once or twice a week, I am able to go home at 3 pm. I do make myself available to clients with emergencies on evenings and weekends, but many people don't.

I do not feel all that isolated at work, either. I spend half my day on the phone, frequently go out to lunch with people, and often share ideas on cases with a small group of solos that I am friends with.

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cocolawyer (Feb 2, 2018 - 2:08 am)

Being a solo rocks if you can deal with inconsistent income streams.

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dopesmokeresquire (Feb 1, 2018 - 2:33 pm)

It's not for everyone i suppose.

I love being a solo. I learned back in my PD days that i didn't hate the work of being a lawyer (although it suck, to be sure), but rather WORKING WITH other lawyers in the same office, the support staff, my supervisors, etc. For me, that is what made Law intolerable: the other people I worked with.

I have one secretary, and my partner is rarely in as he is mostly retired. There is no hierarchy to deal with, no egos to stroke, no supervisors, no departments, in short none of the Office Realpolitk which made law unbearable.

So when i see other human beings, it's much more voluntary and a free association. I don't have to "pretend" to like someone simply because I'm in the same office with them for 8 hours a day.

I rarely work from home though. I find that i like the division between work space, and home space.

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lolwutjobs (Feb 1, 2018 - 7:51 pm)

I agree, OP. I need dat constant human interaction. I need to be able to go down the hall and bs or bounce ideas off them

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defensivelawyer (Feb 1, 2018 - 8:14 pm)

i love working with lots of other people. I find the life of the office highly entertaining. not as entertaining as THE OFFICE, but...still, always interesting.

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nycop (Feb 2, 2018 - 9:25 pm)

You can be a solo and still be around other lawyers to bs with or bounce ideas off of. How about renting one of those office cubicles with shared meeting rooms? I’ve seen ads specifically for solos; 6-7 solos in one big office. Probably a great way to get referrals as well.

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