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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 »

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.

3 Reasons To Write A Business Plan For Your Law Practice (Even Now!)

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Remember that class you took in your second semester of law school… The one where you carefully laid out your vision for how your law practice would look, feel, function and flow cash from one month to the next? Right. You didn’t have that class. You learned how to “lawyer” in law school. Running a law practice is an entirely different skill set, and it begins with admitting that there are things you don’t know. “Failure to plan, is planning to fail.” ~Benjamin Franklin Fortunately, these things are knowable, and the best part is, you can make many of the … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
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.

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.

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 »

About the Contributor
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.

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.

Work-Life Balance Only Happens By Fully Embracing Both

Martha Hartney - Work Life Balance

**The following article was so popular, this week we’re bringing back this Law Business Mentors classic by Martha Hartney** My home is my refuge, my sanctuary. It’s the place where my soul gets rejuvenated each day. I take the beauty and soundness of my home very seriously. The condition of my home impacts my business in concrete ways. When my home is orderly, my thinking is orderly, and vice versa. I used to feel guilty that I spent so much of my “work day” at home. I’d putter around the kitchen, washing dishes, cleaning counters, fold the laundry, make beds, … 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.

Prospect Engagement: 5 Common Mistakes Lawyers Make & How to Solve Them

Prospect Engagement: 5 Common Mistakes Lawyers Make

When I was learning to engage clients, I thought it would be as simple as doing some speaking engagements in my local community, talking to my friends and letting them know I was now an estate planning attorney and clients would come rolling in the door. But, no, it wasn’t quite like that. Not at all, in fact. You know that though, right? You are likely facing the same thing. Maybe your phone is ringing, but you are not engaging the prospects who are calling. Maybe your phone isn’t ringing enough or at all. Either way, you have a solvable … 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.

Tips for Engaging Clients: The Energetics of Entrainment

Tips for Client Engagement - Entrainment

When I started out in law practice, I kind of thought that my services would just be wanted and needed and that I’d eventually get paid for my expertise. Getting clients would be easy, right? Almost automatic, since I had the qualifications and skills they needed. Then, as I learned the art of working with clients… I was shocked to find out that how I behaved and “felt” in a meeting was the most critical factor of my success. What I’ve discovered is that my expertise is a very small part of the reason why people choose to work with … 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.

Law Practice Websites: Lead Generating Machine or Pretty Brochure With No ROI?

Law Practice Websites: Lead Generating Machine or Pretty Brochure With No ROI?

Are you currently generating leads online? Would you like to be? (Of course you would.) So why aren’t you? Back in 2006, when I began first hearing about the idea of marketing on auto-pilot, I spent loads of time and money to figure out what it actually meant and how I could do it in my own practice. While I loved to get out there and speak to educate my community, I really loved the idea that I could be building my law practice while I slept. So, I decided to learn how it was done. What I discovered is … 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.