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Category Archives: Managing a Law Practice

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.

3 Woo-Woo Secrets to Building a Million Dollar Law Practice

3 Woo Woo Secrets to Build a Million Dollar Law Practice

I’m a pretty woo-woo gal. But at the same time, I have also built four million dollar a year plus revenue generating businesses using very practical strategies, which I share with you here. The first business was my law firm, then the Family Wealth Planning Institute, then the New Law Business Model and Eyes Wide Open businesses. And, truth be told, I’ve been hiding some of the woo-woo from you because I’ve always thought you wouldn’t take me seriously if I did. But, over the past several months I’ve been beginning to realize that maybe that’s my own limiting belief … 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 Practice Money: Where Should You Invest?

Law Practice Money: Where to Invest

Chances are the one thing keeping you from the success you want in your practice (and your life) is the way you are thinking about money. In all my years being an estate and business planning attorney and then teaching and coaching lawyers and business owners… What I’ve come to see is that people who aren’t stressed out about money are happy. People who are stressed out about money, aren’t happy. It doesn’t have anything to do with how much money they had or didn’t have, it had to do with their thinking about money, how they used it, what … 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.

How to Add Estate Planning to Your Law Practice… And 7 Reasons Why You Should

How to Add Estate Planning to Your Practice

Whether you are looking for an additional revenue stream for your law practice, or to switch from a law practice area you detest… If you’ve ever wondered about adding estate planning to your practice (or starting up an estate planning practice from scratch), this article is for you. 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 easy to incorporate this lucrative and fulfilling revenue stream into your law practice, no matter if you are a multi-partner establishment, … 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.

Shocker: I Hate Estate Planning

Shocker: I Hate Estate Planning

Yes, I know. It’s shocking. The gal that Alexis always talks about being in love with her practice actually hates the words “estate planning”. I hate estate planning because it conjures up the images of a bunch of stuffy, grey-haired lawyers sitting around a marble, diamond-encrusted conference room on the top floor of a skyscraper, talking about kicking the bucket and who’s going to get mom and dad’s fortune; cutting out Junior because he got a tattoo when dad forbade it; deciding how much each kid will get each month to live on. That image both bores me and bothers … 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.

What Legal Marketing and Fishing Have in Common

Fishing and Legal Marketing

Have you ever been fishing? It’s a great metaphor when you’re thinking about lead generation: 1.) What kind of fish do you want? 2.) Where do they hang out? 3.) What bait will get them to bite? If you aren’t clear on all these things, you could do what my dad and I did growing up… We’d get up at 4:30 am, lug all our gear down to the cold, dewey shore of Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, load up our little metal row boat and motor across the bay to the place where my uncle caught all the big fish. … 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.

Legal Marketing: Would You Hire These Lawyers?

Would You Hire These Lawyers?

I got a piece of lawyer advertising in the mail last week and I just knew I had to share it with you as an example of both what TO do and what NOT to do. First of all, let’s look at what’s really working here: 1. These lawyers are marketing! So even though the marketing could really use many improvements, I will give them major credit for getting out there in the community. One of the things we see repeatedly is that when lawyers just start doing some marketing, any marketing, everything shifts. “I listened to one of your … 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.

Why Your Legal Marketing is Failing (& 7 Tips to Fix-It Now)

Why Your Marketing is Failing (& 7 Fix-it Tips)

This past week on our Law Business Mentor’s Council webinar (this is the small mastermind for our highest level Personal Family Lawyer®  members), Martha Hartney shared with us that she just had her best two months yet. Her revenue has doubled the last two months in a row compared to the prior year and when we asked her why, here’s what she had to say: 1. Martha is no longer drafting all her legal documents. Why would this double Martha’s revenue? For two reasons: First, because it’s freed up her energy tremendously so she can focus more on being out in … 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.