Building A Practice: Stepping Up The Hardware

Admittedly, the basic hardware for a law office is not very sexy, but utilitarian seldom is. It will get the job done until the money starts rolling in. Now, should you want something a bit more, here’s what I’d add:

  1. A large LCD monitor, and a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. While that laptop keyboard and screen are fine for on-the-go work, for long hours at a desk, an external monitor, and a fullsized keyboard and mouse will significantly reduce eye, neck and finger strain.
  2. A plain paper scanner (preferably one that will scan both sides of a page simultaneously). Anything that will reduce the amount of paper in your office is a time-saver. It is far easier to keep a digital client file organized than it is to track all the paper associated with the hard copy version.
  3. A removable USB hard drive system like the Iomega REV system. This is a backup to your backup. The idea is to have a set of periodic backups that you can store at a remote location and can cycle through on a periodic basis. This way you have a series of backups so that you are not dependent on any single storage device to preserve your data.
  4. A dual monitor desktop computer.  Add this last, it ties you down and eats up desk real estate and for most purposes does not add a great deal more functionality than that provided by your laptop.

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Bruce Cameron

Bruce Cameron, JD, MS is a second career attorney, practicing Quaker, FAA Certificated Pilot and advocate for small town law practices (see also: LittleLawOfficeOnThePrairie.com). Working from an office on the edge of suburbia, and looking outward to serve rural communities, his Minnesota solo practice (CameronLawPLLC.com) focuses exclusively on estate planning and collaborative law with just a soupçon of mediation for excitement.