Law Offices of John R. Horn
Law office for general counsel services to small businesses
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John Horn opened his one-man legal services firm almost ten years ago and consults for mostly small startups. For legal questions concerning incorporation, employment, financing, third-party contracts, trademark, and more, Horn offers pragmatic, affordable service. Horn received his JD from Stanford Law and has been very involved in the startup community every since.
Software used
Intuit Quickbooks
Accounting and expensing
Horn uses Quickbooks to track the time he spends advising and preparing documents. He charges clients by entering his work times directly into Quickbooks.
Adobe Sign
Contracts and e-signatures
The Adobe Sign (formally Echosign) platform allows Horn and his clients to get e-signatures on important business documents and stores records online.
Document sharing and storage
Horn can share documents with his clients and update them based on feedback and requests. He keeps a shared file with each startup that he advises.
What are some of the main problems and challenges that you face?

Responsiveness: Since his clients are startups, Horn said that responding in a timely way to client requests is his highest priority. Startups move fast, so their legal questions need me be addressed quickly.

Fast and predictable quality: Horn has built up knowledge and experience over the eight years since opening the firm such that he can answer inexpensively and quickly without lowering quality.

How do you discover new software to use?
Horn said that, since he isn’t trying to grow his practice, he rarely adopts new software. To keep up with legal regulations, he reads quarterly reports and seminar notes from law firms and adapts his process based on the learnings.