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The Counterintuitive Truth Behind Your Struggling Law Business: Why Generating More Clients Will Cost You Money, Time, and Energy

Study after study has shown that most lawyers are unhappy – it’s one of the most unhappy professions in the U.S. The fundamental flaw is that, even though they are unhappy doing their law practice as it is now, most lawyers mistakenly believe the key to a successful practice is simply getting more clients. Let me help you unravel why thinking this way is such a grave mistake, which simply leads to compounding your unhappiness. Think about this… Imagine everything stays the same. You keep serving clients as you do. You even get more clients, like the ones you are … 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.

Learn From My Epic Failure: $5,500 Loss Into 7-Figure Triumph

Out of everything that happened that day, it’s the feeling of triumph that I remember most clearly. My brand new client had just signed on for my new $5,500 estate planning “package.” And me? I was ecstatic. Little did I know that, 2 weeks later, the triumph would be replaced by a massive defeat. My practice was new, and I was just starting out on my own after leaving my first law job at the Biglaw firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. I had no idea what to charge for my estate planning service – I pulled $5,500 from the … 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.

From the Archives: What Is A ‘Door Lawyer’ And Why It Sucks To Be One!

Before I can tell you why being a door lawyer is sucking your life away, I need to make sure you are clear on what it is exactly. So, what is a door lawyer? A door lawyer is… a lawyer who, in the past, might have been called a general practitioner a lawyer who takes whatever walks in the door – a divorce here, a criminal case there, a personal injury for good measure and the occasional will and trust, etc. There’s some part of you that knows this is not the best way to serve your clients, but you … Continue reading »

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From the Archives: 8 Steps to Grow Your Law Practice: From “Solo” to Small Firm

“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 »

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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.

Confessions of a Former Door Lawyer: How One Lawyer Reinvented Her Practice, Herself, and Now Serves Clients She Absolutely Loves, Everyday

  You can’t accuse Amie of having an easy entry into the field of law. During her first year at law school, she was diagnosed with cancer. And, later on, she found out she was pregnant and gave birth to her son. She eventually finished law school in 2011, meaning she entered one of the worst law job markets in history. It was so bad, in fact, that she ended up putting her legal career on hold, taking a tech job with no exposure to law. A new mother, she didn’t have a choice – her family needed her income. … 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 One Practice Area That Is Surprisingly Perfect for Most Lawyers — And Too Often Overlooked

The One Practice Area That Is Surprisingly Perfect for Most Lawyers — And Too Often Overlooked

To start off, this advice is NOT intended for every lawyer. It’s not for you if: you’re happy working in Big-Law, or if you love adversarial challenges like you get in litigation, personal injury, and insurance defense, to name a few.   Nor is it for you if you love your current business model of trading time for money, hourly billing, piles of paperwork… constantly stuck on the marketing merry-go-round, and the cash-flow rollercoaster.    The lawyer I’m talking about here dreams of doing and being more. You long for meaningful – and lucrative – work, that makes a real … 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.

From the Archives: Why Estate Planning Isn’t the Boring Law Practice Area You Think

Best Law Practice Estate Planning

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 »

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 To Hire a Lawyer

  Before you hire a lawyer – ever – make sure that lawyer truly has your best interests in mind. It could significantly impact your life. Over the past few days, I’ve again seen the tragedy that happens when people hire lawyers who are economically incentivized (due to practicing under the traditional, old paradigm model) to do harm and escalate fear. Unfortunately, this is more of the norm than any of us would like to see and I share this reminder so you can ensure you are not sucked in by this paradigm. And so you can choose wisely when … 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 I still serve lawyers (even though many are nearly impossible to work with)

Why I still serve lawyers (even though many are nearly impossible to work with)

  There was a time when I considered shifting my attention away from serving lawyers and investing all of my energy and attention to serving the “spiritual” community. It would have been a lot easier in so many ways. As you know, lawyers can be challenging to work with. But, after a year of soul searching, I decided to stick with serving lawyers because I knew I could bring a law practice model to the lawyer community that no one else could and by doing so I would have the greatest possibility of impacting the world in a positive way. … 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 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.