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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
Introducing our newest Law Business Mentor, Geoff Hoatson. The following is an example of an article you can use for your clients to educate them on proper estate planning: Many people are familiar with probate and all of the headaches which it entails. Whether they lost a loved one or a friend, no one looks on the probate process with a friendly gaze. I often have clients come into my office having made an attempt to avoid probate on their own. Most commonly, they have done this by adding children’s names to real property, investment accounts, and bank accounts. While they … Continue reading
I just read this on Facebook (just this second): “It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” ~ Wendell Berry When we’re up against it, baffled, confused, stymied, unhinged, uncertain, confused, that is the time when confessing what is in our hearts is most powerful. They say that confession is good for the soul. I’m a … Continue reading
“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
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
I’m often asked how I went from being a stay-at-home mom to a practicing lawyer. Every single time, I have flashbacks of all the separate moments it took to first decide to go to law school, to return to studying full time for the first time in 25 years, all the way to passing the bar and then finally to the decision to be my own boss. None of these were easy decisions at the time, but they feel incredibly liberating in hindsight. When I passed the bar, the job market for lawyers was at an all time low (and … Continue reading