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9 Questions Every Lawyer (EveryONE) Needs to Ask Themselves

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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 »

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 Signs your Law Practice is Going to Fail

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Hating your practice is not enough to tank it. True, some lawyers lose decades of their lives to practices they hate, but they just keep turning the crank… “time to make the donuts.” At the same time, lawyers who love their law practice go out of business every day, and it’s a tragedy we are committed to transforming. Like everything else that requires real change, the first step is awareness. Here are 3 tell tale signs that portend not only the collapse of a lawyer’s practice, but often their family and their lives. Sign #1 — Contained Chaos When your … 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.

Break Free of Paralysis and Get Your Law Practice Going in Two Steps

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“Analysis Paralysis” could be the biggest reason you’re not making progress toward the life you want. As lawyers, we’re uniquely terrified of failure, more so than almost any other profession. Rule 1.1, the VERY FIRST RULE of lawyering requires that we have competency to render services in any particular area.  As we consider launching into a new arena, especially… We wonder how on earth we’re going to become proficient enough to practice. I’ve been coaching and training fellow lawyers to onboard into the estate planning practice area for three years now. The most common barrier to their success I’ve seen … 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 Secret Weapon of the Rich

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Have you ever wished that there were 25 hours in a day? Let’s face it, there are days that no matter what you do, you simply can’t get everything done that you wanted to. If this sounds like you, then you are not alone. Many business owners feel overwhelmed at one point or another in their business. It’s like a tug of war game where you are being pulled in so many directions that you never seem to get anything done. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a secret weapon to help you win this war for your time? Here’s … Continue reading »

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Denise Gosnell
Denise Gosnell is an attorney, 8-time author, and entrepreneur. Through her law firm, Gosnell & Associates, Inc., Denise focuses on providing recurring legal services to information publishing, training, and tech companies to help clients grow their company's value through the proper intellectual property and other protections, while also reducing the biggest operating liabilities.

Why Are So Many Lawyers Broke? (Part 2 — Differentiate Yourself)

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Let’s be clear… Competing on price is NOT a strategy for the long-term success of your law practice. It diminishes your value in your client’s eyes, not to mention your self-worth, which will eat you alive over the life of your career… Particularly when you’re struggling to keep the lights on. When there are more lawyers than demand for legal services, you risk becoming a commodity. In your client’s mind, “a lawyer’s a lawyer’s a lawyer…” and depending on your practice area, they probably wish they never had to call you in the first place. That’s a sucky situation. But … 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.

3 Insurance Pitfalls That Can Put Your Law Practice At Risk

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In 2011, I had to deal with a house fire that destroyed my entire home. Traumatic as that was, I learned some valuable lessons from that experience. So many, if act, that they cannot easily be covered in just one article. For  today, I’d like to expand upon some all too common insurance pitfalls that could be putting you and your practice at risk if you ignore them. 1. Separate Coverage Is Needed For Business Property At Your Home One thing I’ve learned about insurance that surprised me is that most homeowner’s policies (including mine) have limits on how much business … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Denise Gosnell
Denise Gosnell is an attorney, 8-time author, and entrepreneur. Through her law firm, Gosnell & Associates, Inc., Denise focuses on providing recurring legal services to information publishing, training, and tech companies to help clients grow their company's value through the proper intellectual property and other protections, while also reducing the biggest operating liabilities.

6 Ways To Grow Your Law Practice With Content Marketing

6 Ways To Grow Your Law Practice With Content Marketing

There are ways to leverage content marketing that can help you grow your law practice. What is it? Content marketing involves creating and posting helpful, valuable content online, while increasing exposure, credibility and awareness for your business. It also serves to engage with your audience, be that current clients or potential clients. Examples of content marketing include submitting articles, blog posts, photos, videos, or podcasts to various types of online sites and publication channels. One reason why content marketing is such a valuable tool is because it can be a “free” (or certainly low cost) way to advertise your business. However, content … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Denise Gosnell
Denise Gosnell is an attorney, 8-time author, and entrepreneur. Through her law firm, Gosnell & Associates, Inc., Denise focuses on providing recurring legal services to information publishing, training, and tech companies to help clients grow their company's value through the proper intellectual property and other protections, while also reducing the biggest operating liabilities.

6 Steps to Turning Clients into Raving Fans (Who Refer You to Everyone)

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The two most important systems in your law practice are your system for engaging new clients, and your system for serving those clients in such a way that they become raving fans. My last article laid out 7 steps to a great system for for engaging new clients in your law practice. Today’s article will focus on your system for turning those clients into raving fans by keeping the connection with them AFTER they leave your office. Think about it — once you have engaged your client, collected a check and signed engagement letter, then what? In most law practices, … 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.

7 Reasons You Should Add This Niche to Your Practice

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**Here’s another look at this popular article from last year** 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 … 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.