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Why Are So Many Lawyers Broke?

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**Updated April 20th, 2015** Many people don’t believe it. Even lawyers are known to scoff at it. But many of you know the truth — you go to law school, spend a small fortune and come out to find the pickings are lean. Looking deeper than 6 figure school loans and the trend of fewer Big Law positions available to absorb the glut of new law school grads every year… Let’s examine the real reason why so many lawyers are broke. “…the number of jobs in small firms has generally been increasing in recent years, and for every job in a … 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.

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.

Lawyers: Are Even YOUR Parents and Inheritances at Risk?

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Recently, I wrote here about the story of Milo Elofson, who is currently a victim of elder abuse at the hands of the legal system, despite the fact that his son Greg was appointed as his guardian. (Thank you to all of who responded to come to Greg and Milo’s aid.) What I’d like to cover today is how to know if your parents or even possibly you could be at risk of this exact same kind of thing. Unfortunately, I see it frequently, not only do most lawyers not have their own legal planning handled properly—their own parents planning … 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.

6 Essential Secrets to Engaging More Clients in Your Law Practice

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**Revisiting a Classic from 2014** I’ve sat through many practice-building seminars in the last five years, each one promising that if you follow their tips and tricks, you will grow you practice N-fold. By and large, these seminars describe in detail how to market to referral sources who, they promise, will send you clients with big bucks. And while there’s nothing wrong with the techniques they teach (usually), there is something foundational missing in each one. What’s missing? They do not teach how to engage the clients who do walk in your door. Alexis has always told me that she … 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.

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.