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So Few Lawyers ‘Get’ This, And The Consequence?

So Few Lawyers ‘Get’ This, And The Consequence?

“So I have a strong background in investment math and cash flow model, so I get this completely… 100%. My question is, Will lawyers understand this?” “I don’t know. But they need to. Because if they can understand this, everything changes.”   This week, my copywriter, Eric and I were pow-wow’ing, brainstorming on our marketing campaigns, and getting clear on what you’d need to hear/know to decide if our membership programs are right for you. (Do you have anyone to brainstorm your monthly marketing campaigns with? If not, you should. And, that’s something we do with our members, each month.) … 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 Building a Law Practice Like a Business Is So Freaking Terrifying

Why Building a Law Practice Like a Business Is So Freaking Terrifying

You thought you were going to law school to be a lawyer and counsel clients, and help people. You’d get a well-paying job in a law office afterward, or if you went out on your own, the clients would show up with ease. Now that you are out on your own (or considering making the leap into your own law practice) you are discovering there is this whole other piece no one ever told you about – the business aspect of law practice. Rainmaking. (Those 2-4 clients per month you need to make to even your base overhead every month … 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.

Most Common Law Practice Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Most Common Law Practice Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

In my last post, I revealed the reason why most lawyers and law practices fail themselves and their clients. Judging by the dozens of email replies over the weekend, it struck a nerve. This post is the follow-up, this time with actionable take-aways.   Let’s get right to it. This is my list of the most common law practice mistakes I see lawyers making, after coaching over a thousand lawyers the past ten years – and how to see them, fix them, and create a life and law practice you love.   The 15 Most Common Mistakes Non-Entrepreneurial Lawyers Make … 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 4 Symptoms of a Failing Life and Law Practice and How to Fix Them To Love Being a Lawyer Again Today

The 4 Symptoms of a Failing Life and Law Practice and How to Fix Them To Love Being a Lawyer Again Today

There is a reason most law practices fail, even those that appear to be successful for the lawyers that own them. It’s not bankruptcy. It’s not the sudden loss of a partner or leader. It’s not fraud or malfeasance. It doesn’t even look like a regular business failure. Failure, defined simply, is not accomplishing an aim or purpose. So let me invite you to consider: What was the dream law career that inspired you to study for the LSAT, apply to law schools, work your butt off through the three years of classes and exams, and then take and pass … 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.

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.

How To Combat the #1 Killer of Productivity *Updated*

How To Combat the #1 Killer of Productivity  *Updated*

I tend to be a perfectionist by nature. It is my natural instinct to keep working on a project until it is as good as it possibly can be. Maybe you can even relate to this yourself? Over the years as a business owner, I’ve learned that perfectionism is actually the #1 killer of fast business growth. In today’s tough business landscape, you have to be able to change and implement fast. And if you get stuck trying to make every single project perfect, you will generally only achieve a small fraction of what you could have accomplished during that … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Denise Gosnell
Denise is an entrepreneur who also happens to be an attorney. She owns multiple companies, including a consulting company called Denise Gosnell Consulting, Inc., where she writes various courses and books. One of her other companies is her law firm, Gosnell and Associates, P.C. where she serves Technology, Information Publishing, and Coaching companies as Intellectual Property and Internet legal counsel. She formed her own law firm about ten years ago after working for a large law firm prior to that. She also used to be a software engineer for over ten years before she became an attorney. Over the years, she has authored and co-authored 8 books on technology and business topics, and is currently a blogger for the Huffington Post on various legal and business topics.

From the Way Back Archives: How to Turn Your Fear Into Faith and Take Your Law Practice to the Next Level in 2016

From the Way Back Archives: How to Turn Your Fear Into Faith and Take Your Law Practice to the Next Level in 2016

Back at the end of 2008, the economy was crashing and lawyers were scared.  I recorded this training with my mentor, Dave Dee, to help lawyers turn their fear into faith. I’m sharing it now because as I talk with lawyers regularly, I hear that even though our economy has substantially recovered 7 years later, so many lawyers are STILL in fear.  And everything Dave and I spoke about in this training is still 100% relevant to you today. In the audio training, you’ll hear … the single biggest thing you can do to make your law practice marketing effective … 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 Being a Door Lawyer is Killing Your Chance at Success (Part 2)

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In last week’s article I shared with you how taking every case that comes your way is hurting your law practice and your life. I also shared with you how to build out your law practice business model, if you don’t want to give up the variety of working on many different types of things, but you still want to be able to use systems to take control of your calendar and only work with clients you love. Today we’re going to mainly address the door lawyer who would really prefer less variety (but as promised, we’ve got your variety … 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 Being a Door Lawyer is Killing Your Chance at Success

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A few years ago, Jill Gregory was a door lawyer. What that meant is that she took any kind of case that came in the door. She thought she had to, in order to pay the bills. That also meant she had to work all the time because she really couldn’t build any systems. When every client that comes in wants something different, there’s not much to build a system around. And worst of all, Jill didn’t necessarily feel she was always doing her best lawyering that way. Because she was always needing to learn something new to serve each … 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

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