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Category Archives: Engage More Prospects

Don’t be a Threshold Lawyer

Don’t be a Threshold Lawyer

  I’m sure you’re wondering what a “threshold lawyer” is and why you shouldn’t be one.  Well, a threshold lawyer is a lawyer (generally a solo practitioner) who takes any case that walks through the door!  Why shouldn’t you be a threshold 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.

Clients for Life: How to Become a Trusted Advisor *Updated*

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What does it really mean to be a trusted advisor and why would you care? Well, when you’re a trusted advisor to your clients vs. just a “lawyer” they consult for one thing, one time… It really shifts everything about your law practice in a most wonderful, meaningful way. Because right now, you are probably taking clients on a one-off basis. What that means is that you are constantly in search of the next new client, spending money on marketing or doing tons of networking, hoping to get referrals. They come one by one and then you serve them, collect … 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.

4 Steps to Consistently Draw Media Attention to Your Law Practice

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“People are sheep. TV is the shepherd.” ― Jess C. Scott, Literary Heroin (Gluttony): A Twilight Parody I’ll start with a story from a while back… It was a pretty normal Sunday for me. I woke up early for my morning run, prepared breakfast for the kids, and was getting ready for some much needed yard work. At 11am my cell phone rang and a CBS news TV producer was on the line: “We need you at the TV studio in one hour, for a breaking news story. Can you make it?” There was not much time for deliberation. I showered, changed, … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
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.

Hiring for Your Law Practice: The Million-Dollar Strategy

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While you CAN run your estate planning law practice (and many other types of law firms) as a true solo practice — and many lawyers begin that way — you will not be able to recognize the true freedom of being a business owner until you bring on team to support you. The first hire you will likely want to make is a Client Services Director (CSD), even if just on a part time basis. When your CSD first comes on board, he or she will be your everything person unless you already have a full client load. If you … 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.

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

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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 »

About the Contributor
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.

6 Essential Secrets to Engaging More Clients in Your Law Practice

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I’ve sat through many practice-building seminars in the last five years, each one promising that if you follow their tips and tricks, you will grow you practice N-fold. By and large, these seminars describe in detail how to market to referral sources who, they promise, will send you clients with big bucks. And while there’s nothing wrong with the techniques they teach (usually), there is something fundamental missing in each one. What’s missing? They do not teach how to engage the clients who do walk in your door. Alexis has always told me that she can teach anyone to get … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
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.

10 Actionable Steps to Engaging More Prospects

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been at it for a while, if you want to build a successful law practice, you’ll need to know how to turn prospects into clients and charge the fees that you deserve. When I first started my practice, finding a way to get my prospective clients to hire me was the biggest obstacle that stood between me and success. But, as you know, after much investment and learning, I turned my practice into a 7-figure revenue generating business. How? Well, over time (and with a whole lot of trial 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.

5 Uncommon Ways for Lawyers to Successfully Connect with Prospects

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Here’s a fact: Clients come to you because they’re in discomfort and they want your help in relieving that discomfort. In learning to meditate, teachers will first instruct students to “take their seat.” This instruction has more meaning in it than just the words directing one to sit down. It means settle into a solid posture from the base of the spine, through to the top of the head where you can hold be still for a long period of time, even in discomfort; it means to root into the ground and allow an awareness of the support gravity and … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
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.

5 Reasons Why You’re Not Engaging Clients to Your Law Firm

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In a previous post, I promised to write about how and why client engagement goes off the rails for many attorneys. As I reflected on that, it dawned on me that there really are only a few reasons people don’t engage with me… All but one of of which I have some measure of control over. I’ve found five main factors when we fail to engage a client. They are: 1. Slow Handling of Inquiries/Leads If someone expresses an interest in your firm, jump on it within 24 hours. Someone who has reached out to your firm absolutely MUST be … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
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.

7 Secrets to Engaging More Clients to Your Law Practice

7 Things You Need to Do to Engage More Clients in Your Law Practice

I am back with an article on the specifics of what it looks like for you to have systems in your law practice for engaging clients, and to be serving those clients in such a way that they turn into raving fans.  Just as a reminder, having systems in your law practice is the ultimate key to you having all the cash flow you want from your law practice while loving being a lawyer again. Law practice systems are easiest to implement in “transactional” practice areas like bankruptcy, real estate, divorce, immigration, criminal defense, and estate planning. However, ideally your … 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.