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How To Increase Your Rates with Longtime Law Practice Clients

How To Increase Your Rates with Longtime Law Practice Clients

We had a member recently ask us about a good way to inform clients who have been with her for awhile (and that she likes working with) that her rates would be going up. This is a great question and something that many lawyers struggle with. We see many of you out there not charging enough for your time and work. One of the things we teach our members, and those in our Boot Camp Programs, is how to implement flat rate pricing rather than offering services on an hourly basis. Charging hourly is often the root of a variety … Continue reading »

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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.

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.

3 Steps to Recapture Lost Time and Money in Your Law Practice

If you are like most lawyers, you spend a lot of time talking with people who know they need to engage with a lawyer, but haven’t prioritized it and taken action to hire you. Or, perhaps you are one of those who get hired, but your fees are, on average, much too low for you to provide a truly valuable service. If you’re having either of these experiences, you may worry that your law practice isn’t even viable with the rise of online, do-it-yourself legal services. If any of this sounds familiar, this could be the most valuable article 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.

The One Law Practice System to Fix to Have a Law Practice You Love

The One Law Practice System to Fix to Have a Law Practice You Love

When I started my own law practice, I had no idea that it would be as hard as it was to earn the money I needed to support my family. After three years at a big law firm, commuting an hour each way, working long hours for someone else, I had visions of hanging my shingle, making a fantastic income, being home every night for dinner and living happily ever after. Boy was I in for a big surprise! The learning curve was huge and running my own practice was a lot harder than I ever dreamed, at first, and … 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.

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 »

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.

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.

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 »

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.

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.

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.