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Geoff Hoatson

Geoff Hoatson,
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New Law Business Mentor, Geoff Hoatson grew up in Central Florida, and attended law school at Emory University in Atlanta, specifically because of its estate planning reputation and faculty. When it came to protecting families and their legacies, he wanted the best education that he could find. He focused intensively on estate planning and related specialties before graduating and returning to Florida to begin helping the families there.

He left his Orlando firm with no clients and no strategy and started the Family First Firm 2009, so that he could focus on helping families in the way that he wanted. He’s helped countless families achieve their goals through their planning and gain peace of mind by protecting the legacy they’ve built. Along the way, he developed a successful and thriving family law practice, but estate planning and asset protection has always been his first love.

Three Reasons Hourly Billing Is for the Birds

Three Reasons Hourly Billing Is for the Birds

Chances are you already know this. You struggle to capture all of your time.  You spend the end of the day going through your time records to ensure that you’ve billed your clients for every minute you can.  And, like every other attorney, you probably hate doing it.  Yet, what other option is there?  Attorneys have been billing hourly since the dawn of time and who are you to blow against the wind?  Well, I’m here as a testament to the fact that you can get away from the billable hour and it will change your life – and your … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Geoff Hoatson
Geoff Hoatson is an estate planning and elder law attorney who founded the Family First Firm in Orlando, Florida. He attended Emory University School of Law and focused exclusively on advanced strategies for helping families protect their children, their senior parents, and their assets. Geoff is a member of Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, and regularly speaks in the community - educating laypersons as well as professionals about estate planning and asset protection.

Don’t be a Door Lawyer

Don’t be a Door Lawyer

  I’m sure you’re wondering what a “door lawyer” is and why you shouldn’t be one. Well, a door lawyer is a lawyer (generally a solo practitioner) who takes any case that walks through the door!  Why shouldn’t you be a door lawyer?  Well, the legal field is moving – and has been doing so for quite some time – towards specialization.  More and more, you’ll run into “family law attorneys” or “civil litigators” or “estate planning attorneys” and with good reason.  Being a jack of all trades isn’t great for your clients.  It takes you more time to learn … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Geoff Hoatson
Geoff Hoatson is an estate planning and elder law attorney who founded the Family First Firm in Orlando, Florida. He attended Emory University School of Law and focused exclusively on advanced strategies for helping families protect their children, their senior parents, and their assets. Geoff is a member of Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, and regularly speaks in the community - educating laypersons as well as professionals about estate planning and asset protection.

You Don’t Need to Work 60-80 Hours a Week to Have Good Revenues

You Don’t Need to Work 60-80 Hours a Week to Have Good Revenues

Now that you’ve read the title, I know what you’re thinking.  You’ve worked for a large firm, so you know that I’m wrong.  You are a litigator and know there’s no way to make good money if you aren’t making your billable hours.  But here’s a secret – the billable hour model is the reason you’re not taking home your hourly rate.  Certainly, there are areas of law where you have to bill hourly.  However, estate planning is not that area.  Estate planning lends itself to the flat fee model.  This is because the client does not care how many hours … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Geoff Hoatson
Geoff Hoatson is an estate planning and elder law attorney who founded the Family First Firm in Orlando, Florida. He attended Emory University School of Law and focused exclusively on advanced strategies for helping families protect their children, their senior parents, and their assets. Geoff is a member of Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, and regularly speaks in the community - educating laypersons as well as professionals about estate planning and asset protection.

4 Things You Need to Do to Increase Your Revenues

4 Things You Need to Do to Increase Your Revenues

You’ve done it – you finally opened your own law firm.  However, now you’re knee deep into it you are wondering, “is this is it”?  The monthly overhead, silent phones, empty calendar.  Is this what “lawyering” is supposed to be like?  Fortunately, the answer is no.  I was there not even 3 years ago.  I finally decided that I needed to make some changes and get out of the “is this it” place I had found myself in.  After implementing those changes, I drastically increased my bottom line and they allowed me to start loving my law practice.  So what … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Geoff Hoatson
Geoff Hoatson is an estate planning and elder law attorney who founded the Family First Firm in Orlando, Florida. He attended Emory University School of Law and focused exclusively on advanced strategies for helping families protect their children, their senior parents, and their assets. Geoff is a member of Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, and regularly speaks in the community - educating laypersons as well as professionals about estate planning and asset protection.

Why Law School Failed You

It isn’t your fault.  You bought the fairy-tale story that the law schools were selling.   You went to law school, probably 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 … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Geoff Hoatson
Geoff Hoatson is an estate planning and elder law attorney who founded the Family First Firm in Orlando, Florida. He attended Emory University School of Law and focused exclusively on advanced strategies for helping families protect their children, their senior parents, and their assets. Geoff is a member of Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, and regularly speaks in the community - educating laypersons as well as professionals about estate planning and asset protection.