While some attorneys have accounting or business backgrounds that provide them with the basic tools for understanding the bookkeeping and accounting processes, either for their own firm or for their client's business, many do not. For the latter, Basic Bookkeeping and Accounting for Lawyers, a short (71 pages) book by Austin patent attorney Antony Ng provides a very useful basic overview of the principles of bookkeeping, geared to the needs of a small to medium firm lawyer. The book is available in paperback, which is what I have, but is probably more useful in Kindle format.
The book starts with the most basic concepts, assuming paper bookkeeping entries for conceptual understanding, but it made particular sense to me since I recently inherited a stack of my parents' and grandparents' old ledgers and books (my grandfather was an accountant in Marshall beginning in the 1920s, and he and my dad both ran small businesses in Marshall, coincidentally both on the same block of East Austin St. that I office in today - yes, that's the Hub in the background). They made absolutely no sense to me as I was organizing them in the garage a few weeks ago, but after reading Antony's book, I can tell that reviewing them is going to be a lot more interesting now. Like most attorneys my age, I have really never had to review paper bookkeeping or accounting records – it has all been computer printouts, so the original ledger entries didn't make a lot of sense. After reading this, it does. Apparently my mother spent way too much money on clothes.