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Category Archives: Law Practice Financials

Would you spend $25k to save $10k on your taxes?

  As I hope you do, I work closely with my financial team and tax accountant at year end to ensure I pay as little taxes as possible, and maintain as much control over my resources as possible. Do you do the same? If so, you’ve only got a little bit longer to do it because there are many tax savings strategies that disappear when the new year starts, and can you believe it – that’s in less than two weeks! Personally, I far prefer to decide where my money goes, rather than just sending it off to the government … Continue reading »

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This Could Be Why You Are Stuck In a Law Practice You Don’t Love

This Could Be Why You Are Stuck In a Law Practice You Don’t Love

Until I had the first hand experience of seeing that the right investments, at the right time, would earn me back far more than anything else I could do with my time and money, I kept trying to build my law practice by “spending” as little as possible. I thought of investing that way, back then. I was spending my money. I didn’t get that properly investing in my law practice wasn’t spending my money at all. It was creating more with my least valuable resource. You see, today I get that money in a bank, or available on credit, … Continue reading »

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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 »

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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.

The $350 Investment That Turned Into a Million Dollar Law Practice

The $350 Investment That Turned Into a Million Dollar Law Practice

The first time I ever invested in my career as a lawyer (post-law school) was when I was an associate at a big law firm. I had never considered the possibility that after investing so much in going to law school, I have to invest more in learning how to practice law the way I wanted. I went to law school thinking I was going to get paid, not that I’d be paying more! I was super resistant to the idea of having to invest more, especially with $100,000 of law school loans owing. More of that story and how … Continue reading »

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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 »

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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.

Tax Time Strategy For Your Law Practice – Part 3

Tax Time Strategy For Your Law Practice – Part 3

  Welcome back to my special tax time series to help you see how you can bring awareness to your patterns around taxes and use that awareness to uplevel your life and income. In my first post I shared three tax time tips to help you immediately whether you are getting a refund, have a big payment due or ignoring taxes altogether. In my second post, I shared my $100,000 tax mistake and how it can help you. In this post, I want to share how a terrifying tax audit got leveraged into my 2nd million dollar business. This strategy … 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.

Tax Time Strategy For Your Law Practice – Part 2

Tax Time Strategy For Your Law Practice – Part 2

  The year was 2006 and I had hit a $1,000,000 in revenue in my law practice for the first time. As you can imagine, I was thrilled to have reached that magic number that so many strive for, but part of me was terrified because I knew that I had done it with a broken business foundation and at some point that would catch up with me. You see, I hit a million in revenue by focusing all my energy on sales and marketing, which is what all the business gurus I was learning from said I should focus … 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.

Tax time strategy for your law practice – Part 1

Tax time strategy for your law practice – Part 1

  How you deal with taxes can show you a great deal about whether your law practice is on track to create a life and business you truly want or where you can make some necessary shifts to get back on track. You are either excited to be expecting (or have already received) a refund, stressed about paying or perhaps you are ignoring it altogether. My personal tax story is instructive for you, no matter which category you fall into. I’ll be sharing the details over the next few posts, so keep an eye out for my tax time series, … 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 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 »

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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.

Hiring for Your Law Practice: The Million-Dollar Strategy

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.