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Your Law Practice Hiring Strategy

Your Law Practice Hiring Strategy

Hiring a team is one of the most important things you can do when you want to move your law practice forward into greater levels of impact in your community and freedom for you. .   However where do you start?  How do you begin the work of dividing work up and understanding what needs to be done by others and by you? And how do you get up the courage to make the investment, especially if you don’t yet have the consistent, predictable revenue you can count on to assure yourself you can pay someone else? Hiring strategy is … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely
Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.

Lawyering from Home, a Coffee Shop, or …

Lawyering from Home, a Coffee Shop, or …

These days, office space for lawyers is no longer limited to an office in a big corporate building downtown. And thank goodness for that because I can tell you that one of the worst parts of my biglaw job was the downtown, hour each way a day, commute. Even after starting my own law practice, I began my own firm working on the top floor of the tallest commercial building in Torrance, CA, and I really disliked pulling into that parking garage each day to go to work. I dreamed of an office that felt like home to me, and … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.

Increase Productivity In Your Law Practice

Increase Productivity In Your Law Practice

Managing your law practice, while very rewarding, also comes with important tasks that don’t fall into the area of “practicing law.” Administrative tasks are a key example. Because these necessary tasks take away from your ability to actually practice law, where your skill set obviously lies, it is important to take stock and determine which tasks can be delegated (or automated) to maximize your productivity in the long run. Taking some time at the beginning of each year to identify the tasks/areas that are not the best use of your time will release you to work within your skill set … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.

Do Not Overpay For Website Design. Do This Instead.

Do Not Overpay For Website Design.  Do This Instead.

Chances are, you have some amount of website shame. If you have a website, that is. And, if you don’t have a website, you need to get one set up asap, if you want to keep up in the marketplace. One of the biggest problems with website shame is that you might have a sense that your website sucks, but also not know exactly what to do to fix it. Or, you might be at risk of hiring an expensive company to fix your site, but then not get what you really need. Lawyer websites can sell for as much … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.

Is It Possible To Create a Successful Virtual Law Practice?

Is It Possible To Create a Successful Virtual Law Practice?

With so much business being conducted virtually these days, we are often asked if it is possible to open up a law practice without a consistent brick and mortar location. The answer is a definite yes. However, there are certain steps required in order for your virtual practice to be successful.  A number of our member lawyers have opened up virtual practices. Here are some helpful tips from them to ensure you succeed in this endeavor: 1) Be physically present in your community Having a virtual practice does not mean hiding out behind your computer. Instead, it means you want … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.

How I became a “legal expert” overnight and what it did to my practice and life

How I became a “legal expert” overnight and what it did to my practice and life

It’s Ask Alexis Anything month and so many of you have emailed in asking for more reveals about how I managed to write a bestselling book on legal planning, do all those TV experiences, build my practice to a million a year in revenue AND parent my kids, so in this message I’m letting you in on a big piece of it. It’s a long post, but worth reading IF you are making good money in your law practice, but maxed out on time and don’t see a way to the next level … it’ll take about 15 minutes to … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.

The Best Practice Area for Most Lawyers

I’m going to share with you what I know is the BEST area (niche) of law to practice, for most lawyers. But first, a brief story as background… There was a time when I wasn’t sure I was going to continue serving lawyers. I had a mid-life crisis (or as I like to think of it—a Spiritual Awakening) and I did a deep dive soul-searching inquiry as to what I wanted to be when I grew up. To set the proper context here, this was happening when I had already built two million dollar businesses (one an estate planning and … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.

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 »

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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.

11 Things I’ve Learned About Building A Successful Law Firm

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 »

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Jacob Sapochnick
Originally from Israel, Jacob moved to the U.S. to pursue his LLM in International and Comparative Law. At his first law firm, he realized he was unhappy billing hours, working long weekends, and witnessing poor client etiquette. In 2004, he left his first Law firm job and started his own law office with no plan and no prospects. Now, he has built a seven-lawyer, 14-person immigration law practice with plenty of clients, using social media innovative practices to make it happen. He currently practices Immigration Law in San Diego, California.

9 Questions Every Lawyer Needs to Ask Themselves

I came across this quote on Facebook: “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 firm believer in … Continue reading »

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Martha Hartney
Martha Hartney's is a successful Estate Planning lawyer in Colorado and co-creator of the Estate Planning Bootcamp. As a Law Business Mentor her greatest hope is to help other lawyers claim, or reclaim, the joy and the spiritual pursuit of being a lawyer.