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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.

The Best Practice Area for Most Lawyers

Best Practice Area for 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 »

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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.

7 Reasons You Should Add This Niche to Your Practice

How to Add Estate Planning to Your Practice

**Here’s another look at this popular article** Whether you are looking for an additional revenue stream for your law practice, or to switch from a law practice area you detest… There is one niche in particular that you should consider, first. It might seem like the last one you’d consider, but stay with us. There’s more to it than meets the eye. What is it? Estate planning. You see, even if you’ve been practicing for years, you can add estate planning to your services. The same goes for being a new lawyer fresh out of law school… It’s actually really … 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.

Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!

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*Back by Popular Demand* As lawyers, most of us have been moved by the injustice of the world to study the realm of ideas, opinion, and arguments. We’ve read thousands of pages and talked until we turned blue in the face. We have gobs of words at our disposal and have learned how to use them to cut through crap and argue a point of view with enthusiasm—to destroy the other side’s arguments. More than any profession, the law breeds professionals with a whole lot to say. What learning the law does not teach us is that silence can be … 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.

Lawyers: Is It Time To Quit Law?

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You don’t have to love being a lawyer. There’s no requirement that you do. In fact, there’s no requirement that you continue practicing law. Think about that… You’re smart. You can accomplish whatever you put your mind to. Afterall, you made it through law school, passed the bar and started practicing. That’s worth celebrating. (I’m not joking.) Take a deep breath and congratulate yourself. You’re in an elite strata of society. You’re a do-er. You can do anything if you care enough. This is your new Point A. Wherever you find yourself right now. Just put yourself on the proverbial … 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.

5 Uncommon Ways for Lawyers to Successfully Connect with Prospects

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Here’s a fact: Clients come to you because they’re in discomfort and they want your help in relieving that discomfort. In learning to meditate, teachers will first instruct students to “take their seat.” This instruction has more meaning in it than just the words directing one to sit down. It means settle into a solid posture from the base of the spine, through to the top of the head where you can hold be still for a long period of time, even in discomfort; it means to root into the ground and allow an awareness of the support gravity 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.

Lawpreneur Lifestyle: The Freedom & Rewards of Discomfort

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Has it ever occurred to you that the quality of our living is directly proportional to our willingness to be in discomfort? I don’t mean our quality of life, which is all about comfort. I mean the depth and breadth of the act of our living and what kind of discomfort we choose and how we embrace it. There seems to be a strategic difference between people who choose the discomfort of being an entrepreneur versus those that choose the discomfort of working in jobs that are just jobs. I know a few people who love the work they do, … 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.

Statistical Evidence Of Happier Lawyers

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We’ve seen some comments on various media streams lately that imply (or directly state) that… Being a lawyer requires a resignation to working too hard for too little money. Being “happy” isn’t part of the deal. Like, ever. Of course, if you know anything about us, we not only don’t believe that, we actively work against it. We believe you should not only love being a lawyer, but that you can. Of course that means different things to different people, so let’s just combine all those elements under that one loaded word: happy. In this article, you’ll see statistical evidence … 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.

A Sad and Scary Tale: Why Legal Documents Simply Are Not Enough

A Sad and Scary Tale: Why Legal Documents Simply Are Not Enough

If you’ve been following along here for any length of time, you’ve seen me write quite often about the need for every adult to have specific legal documents in place. What I haven’t written about quite as much is why legal documents themselves simply are not enough to ensure the well-being and care of your family when something happens to you… OR the clients you serve. Case in point: the story of Milo, a United States Veteran. Milo had a legal document in place giving his son, Greg, written authority to manage his financial affairs in case he could not. … 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.

Take Stock Now So Your Law Practice Thrives in 2015

Taking Stock

As the end of the year approaches, now is a good time to take stock of our successes — something a friend of mine poetically calls “harvesting”. As entrepreneurs who commit to changing the legal profession through the way we practice and through our lives… It’s critical for us to reap what we’ve sown, consciously and carefully. Many people will look only at their revenue to figure out if they met their goals, but at Law Business Mentors, we know that wealth comes in many forms — not all of which are financial. This time last year, with the help of … 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.