The following is an excerpt from a Gene Commander column exploring the results of the State of the Solo Survey conducted by Law Week Colorado. The article was published in a special edition of Law Week Colorado and can be read in full here.

Law Week Colorado, teaming with Gene Commander Inc., recently conducted the first-ever State of the Solo survey. This survey targeted solo practitioners in Colorado to illuminate the issues facing this key segment of the legal profession.

According to the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, solo practitioners make up about one-fifth of Colorado’s active attorneys. Solo lawyers play a critical role in representing countless individuals and small businesses across the state, providing vital legal services in the areas of estate planning, family, criminal, business, real estate and employment law, among others.

Some of the most notable findings of the State of the Solo survey relate to long-range planning for solo practitioners. Roughly two-thirds of survey respondents reported that they do not have a written succession plan in case of death or disability per the strong guidance in the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.