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Most lawyers think estate planning is boring because of the way they were taught to do it is all wrong. They also don’t understand how profound and necessary a service it is, either. Fact is, estate planning can be a life-changing and it’s not boring at all. Let me give you a personal example of how important estate family is to the families you already serve: When I was in law school, my father-in-law died. He had spent over $3000 on an estate plan put together so that we, his family, wouldn’t have to deal with the probate court or … Continue reading
It isn’t your fault. You bought the fairy-tale story that the law schools were selling. You went to law school with the intentions of joining a large firm, just like countless law students before you. You would make a great living and work on cases that garnered national attention. However, when you graduated, you realized that reality was nothing like the fairy-tale you’d imagined. If you went to a large firm, you probably were compensated better than your classmates. Yet if you compared what you were paid to the amount of hours you put in, you were … Continue reading
Not so long ago, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of our law firm. It was a wonderful event with more than 100 of our friends and past clients. As I approached the stage to address the audience, I was overcome with nostalgia. How did we create this amazing and productive community of lawyers, legal assistants, support staff, and clients, all working together as one successful unit? The synergy of the event was inspirational. I was proud to say the least. At that moment, I realized that I could do more. I believe there are far too few resources directly addressing the … Continue reading
I just read this on Facebook (just this second): “It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” ~ Wendell Berry When we’re up against it, baffled, confused, stymied, unhinged, uncertain, confused, that is the time when confessing what is in our hearts is most powerful. They say that confession is good for the soul. I’m a … Continue reading
“Grow or die!” is a vital mantra in business today, even in the law business. As a solo practitioner, there will come a time when you will be faced with the decision of whether to expand your work or maintain the status quo. If you’re like me, you’ll drool at the chance to make a bigger mark on the world. I’d noticed that my firm’s capacity had maxed out about two years after I opened the doors. I had a deep sense of wanting my work to become “our” work, a work done by a team that joined me in … Continue reading
I’m often asked how I went from being a stay-at-home mom to a practicing lawyer. Every single time, I have flashbacks of all the separate moments it took to first decide to go to law school, to return to studying full time for the first time in 25 years, all the way to passing the bar and then finally to the decision to be my own boss. None of these were easy decisions at the time, but they feel incredibly liberating in hindsight. When I passed the bar, the job market for lawyers was at an all time low (and … Continue reading