Profit planning and budgeting for law firms
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Profit planning and budgeting for law firms by James F. Rabenhorst

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Published by Section of Economics of Law Practice, American Bar Association in [New York] .
Written in English

Subjects:

Places:

  • United States,
  • United States.

Subjects:

  • Lawyers -- United States -- Accounting.,
  • Law offices -- United States.

Book details:

Edition Notes

StatementJames F. Rabenhorst.
SeriesMonograph series - Section of Economics of Law Practice, American Bar Association, Monograph series (American Bar Association. Section of Economics of Law Practice)
Classifications
LC ClassificationsKF320.A2 R3
The Physical Object
Paginationix, 84 p. :
Number of Pages84
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4120787M
ISBN 100897070194
LC Control Number80066287

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