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3 Reasons Business Owners Could Be Your Best Clients

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If you are not currently serving business owners, now might just be the time for you to start. You see, handled the right way, business owners are great clients because…   They always need lawyers They have money to hire lawyers They are seriously appreciative when you serve them outside of the norm of the lawyers they are used to hiring. Here’s three even better reasons business clients are great for lawyers: 1. Business Owners Are Busy The owner of a business knows that she needs legal help. She knows she needs her business entity maintained. She knows she needs … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a Law Business Mentor and creator of the New Law Business Model. She built her law practice from scratch into a million dollar a year generating business in just three years with the new law business model her family and her clients loved.

Lawyer Tips: How Negative Self-Talk Holds You Back From Success

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I think lawyers have it the hardest of all the professions in terms of that negative judgmental voice in our heads. It was that voice, the one that told me that I would fail, that I was stupider than everybody else and that I would never be successful that actually drove me to graduate first in my class from Georgetown Law. I allowed that voice to convince me that I needed to study harder than everybody else because otherwise I would fail. So, in a way, that voice served me, and as a result, I carried it with me for … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a Law Business Mentor and creator of the New Law Business Model. She built her law practice from scratch into a million dollar a year generating business in just three years with the new law business model her family and her clients loved.

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

8 Steps to Grow Your Law Practice

“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.

The Power of the New Law Business Model (Part 1)

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In this two-part series, I’m going to share how the New Law Business Model can change your practice and your life. Let me start with how it came to be… The New Law Business Model was born after I went out on my own, starting my own law practice, expecting I would follow the model of so many other lawyers and create success and freedom for myself rapidly. Very quickly though, I saw that the old model of law practice is broken. If I followed that model, I would not have anything close to what I considered to be success … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a Law Business Mentor and creator of the New Law Business Model. She built her law practice from scratch into a million dollar a year generating business in just three years with the new law business model her family and her clients loved.

Successful Lawyers: The Most Common Denominator

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I’ve had the good fortune of getting to interview some of the most successful members of our training and coaching programs over the past couple of weeks and I’m beginning to sense a common denominator that I want to share with you. This common denominator is not common among lawyers, frankly. In fact, most lawyers I know and have worked with do NOT exhibit this trait. You might think what creates success is being really good at your practice, being really smart, or even having a lot money. Nope. That’s not what I see as the common denominator among the … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a Law Business Mentor and creator of the New Law Business Model. She built her law practice from scratch into a million dollar a year generating business in just three years with the new law business model her family and her clients loved.

15 Steps to Jump-Start an Estate Planning Law Practice

15 Steps to Jump-Start an Estate Planning Law Practice

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 »

About the Contributor
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.

Choosing a Law Practice Area: The Hedgehog Concept

Choosing a Law Practice Area: The Hedgehog Concept

Did you read Martha’s newest article, yet? It’s a good’un. And while the article and Martha’s success is certainly slanted towards Estate Planning, and you might not (yet) practice that… Overall I think it’s important to consider the nature of selecting a practice area. In Jim Collins’ book, “Good to Great”, he talks about The Hedgehog Concept, which you can learn more about on his website. Basically, it defines your sweet spot in business as the overlap of 3 circles: Let’s take a look at each one as it relates to finding the best area of law to practice for … Continue reading »

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Craig Allan
Craig Allan is co-founder and President of New Law Business Model. He has over 11 years experience building marketing-based businesses with integrated online systems. Craig believes that family is the most important unit of society and feels lawyers have a unique responsibility to positively impact families, communities and future generations.

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

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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 Law Business Mentor and creator of the New Law Business Model. She built her law practice from scratch into a million dollar a year generating business in just three years with the new law business model her family and her clients loved.

Law Firm Marketing: Engaging Your Prospects & Clients (How Not to Bore Your Audience to Death)

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Last time I talked about how it is essential to build a relationship with your prospects and clients. (Read that here) When someone first meets you, often they are not quite ready to buy from you. Unless you are able to create and keep a connection with them, you lose a potential client. Likewise, without having a way to stay in touch with current or previous clients, you are wasting a valuable opportunity to remain top of mind, while developing a stronger connection, credibility, and the likelihood of repeat business. It comes down to this—If you want more referrals from … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a Law Business Mentor and creator of the New Law Business Model. She built her law practice from scratch into a million dollar a year generating business in just three years with the new law business model her family and her clients loved.

5 Reasons to Be a Legal Entrepreneur Instead of an Associate

5 Reasons to Be A Legal Entrepreneur

Here’s a truth for you: I have a vision of the world in which every person is an independent contractor with his or her company/ies… Where we freely trade our gifts, time and expertise for compensation in a fluid, conscious, enjoyable way instead of being shackled to a desk for 8+ hours a day. Let me tell you how I came to this… The year I got out of law school, the legal industry was undergoing a major contraction. There were no jobs to be had in law firms. Even unpaid internships were at an all time low and the … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
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.