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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.

4 Mistakes Stopping Your Law Firm’s Phone Ringing

4 Mistakes Stopping Your Law Firm's Phone Ringing

Last time we were together, I shared with you the 5 common mistakes lawyers make when it comes to engaging clients, and how to solve them. (Read that here) We got great feedback on the article (thank you, I love hearing from you) and one of the things I heard was — Alexis, thanks for the great tips about engaging more clients in my law practice, but what I really need to know is how to get my phone ringing. So today, I am sharing the 4 mistakes you are making and the secrets that will fix it. Mistake 1: … 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.

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.

The Myth of the Difficult Client (It’s Not About You)

The Myth of the Difficult Client

My life lesson: when I encounter resistance or difficulty, I can do one of two things. I can take it personally (and all the crap that comes with that), or surrender (and flow down the stream easily). This week, I had a client couple coming in who appeared to me to be unhappy with the work we had done for them. To be transparent, some of our systems didn’t work the right way while we were in the middle of a move and restructuring of the firm. And there were things that I personally could have done better to improve … 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 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.

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.

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.