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Run Your Law Practice Like A Business Not Like An Expensive Hobby | Ep 23

podcast Oct 19, 2020

It might sound crazy, but being a hard-working lawyer, fully committed to your clients, and thinking 24/7 exclusively in your files won't make your law practice grow. 

Even if you are the most efficient, professional, and skilled lawyer in your region, your family law practice won't grow.

If you are that lawyer that only thinks about the files and ignores the rest, your law practice will turn into an expensive hobby. But luckily, there is something you can do to avoid it.

In this episode, I want to share with you what is the one thing to do to prevent your law practice from becoming an expensive (and not very fun) hobby. 

#bethebestdivorcelawyer #lawyerlife #familylaw #familylawyer #divorcelawyer #worklessmakemore

In this episode:

  • Having systems in place [00:01:00]
  • Creating the life of your dreams [00:02:00]
  • Keeping track of your numbers [00:04:00] 
  • The way I used to look at my numbers [00:05:00] 
  • Paying attention to your payables [00:07:00]
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Don’t Let This One Mistake Happen To You & Your Law Practice | Ep 22

podcast Oct 12, 2020

As we mentioned in previous episodes, delegating is vital to your business' growth. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be aware of your staff's daily operations.

It is necessary to be present in every detail, not as making photocopies or taking phone calls, but knowing precisely how much revenue, each staff member is producing.

For instance, in my law firm, my queen of operations runs all the numbers, and still, I'm aware of them, I absorbed them, and thanks to that, I know exactly where we are all the time, financially speaking. 

In this episode, I want to share what happened to my law firm and me when I wasn't paying attention, so you can avoid it from happening to you. 

 

#bethebestdivorcelawyer #lawyerlife #familylaw #familylawyer #divorcelawyer #worklessmakemore

 

In this episode:

  • My mistake in 2009 [00:01:30]
  • What my clients need from me [00:04:00] 
  • What is wasn't paying attention to [00:05:00] 
  • A book that helped me a lot [00:07:00] ...
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Because Court Is Still Court! - Don't Make This Dumb And Avoidable Mistake! | Ep 21

podcast Oct 05, 2020

As we know, the assumption is the mother of all mistakes. We might be representing our clients differently, and still, some things in court will never change.  

It happened to me last week when I attended this huge hearing, and an assumption ended up causing a delay in a case that was ready to be closed.

In this episode, I want to warn you about this dumb and avoidable mistake that can cost you lots of time and a waste of resources. 

In this episode:

  • Back in court again after a long time [00:02:00] 
  • A stressful litigation [00:03:00] 
  • Everything running swimmingly until [00:05:00] 
  • How we used to do things before the pandemic [00:06:00] 
  • Scrambling around the documents [00:07:00]
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The One Thing You Must Do Before A Zoom Mediation | Ep 20

podcast Sep 28, 2020

Since virtually serving our clients is a reality and is here to stay, we must either befriend technology or have it under control as divorce lawyers.

Imagine facing technical issues when dealing with a pivotal case for your law firm. 

I saw it happen, and believe me, you don't want to see your firm in that place. 

In this episode, I'll give away what is that one thing you must do before every Zoom mediation or negotiation. 

 

In this episode:

  • The most significant Zoom hearing of my career [00:02:00] 
  • What you should check before a Zoom mediation [00:04:00]
  • Zoom meetings should be treated as regular meetings [00:06:00] 
  • Ensure our tech is on point [00:08:00] 
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3 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make At Your Law Practice | Ep 19

podcast Sep 21, 2020

In today's family law industry, managing your law practice is as crucial as getting your clients the best possible outcome. 

At the same time, most divorce lawyers are so busy that they barely have time to breathe, let alone have a bird's eye view of their practice. 

The mistakes I've made and the ones I saw other firms commit taught me that we must avoid three pitfalls if we want to succeed. 

In this episode, I'll unravel the three biggest mistakes you can make in your virtual law practice.   

 

In this episode:

  • Most divorce lawyers barely have time to breathe [00:01:00]
  • My first time serving a client virtually [00:03:00] 
  • Virtually serving clients and its pitfalls [00:05:00] 
  • Showing up on Zoom and the little details [00:07:00] 
  • A virtual background can prevent a headache [00:09:00] 
  • Befriending technology [00:11:00] 
  • The support staff and the virtuality [00:13:00] 
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Are You Sure Your Practice Is Not An Expensive Hobby? | Ep 15

podcast Aug 17, 2020

If you've chosen to become a lawyer, doing numbers is most likely, not your specialty. Still, to have a profitable law practice, you must run it like a business. It is vital to know things like where your clients hear of you or what happened with those who sent an email asking something. Do you know how often clients hire you after a meeting? Only after knowing this information is when we can tweak our strategies to make them work. In this episode, I want to share some hints about the data you should keep an eye on and make sure you're not running your law practice as an expensive hobby.   

 

In this episode:

  • Knowing where is your practice every week [00:03:00]
  • Where did your client hear of you[00:04:30]
  • How many leads end up being a client after a phone call? [00:06:00]
  • The lifetime value of a client [00:07:30]
  • Keeping track of your Google Ads [00:08:30]
  • If you don't know your numbers, you have an expensive hobby [00:10:00]
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How To Reach Peace At Your Practice In 3 Easy Steps | Ep 14

podcast Aug 10, 2020


Most of us have a case from "h-e-double hockey sticks" in our practices. No matter how hard we work on it, we will always feel something is missing, or perhaps that we could have done something different or better. I have one of those that has haunted me for the past eleven years. Luckily I've found a way to deal with it, and I would love to share it with you. Today, I would like to show you how to reach peace at your law practice in three easy steps. 

 

In this episode:

  • We all have a case that takes our sleep at night [00:01:30]
  • Our thoughts are real [00:03:00] 
  • How do I get back to that place of peace? [00:04:30]
  • Wise-breathing technique [00:06:00]
  • The last 10 seconds [00:07:30]
  • Firing your client [00:09:00]

 

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The Worst Thing You Can Do Is Work Hard | Ep 13

podcast Aug 03, 2020


When we think about our law practice, work hard seems to be the best idea. Working on weekends, skipping lunch, hitting the desk early in the morning and staying late makes perfect sense. After all, it is our profession, our life. Still, being so immersed in the daily routine could stop us from taking a look at the big picture. Perhaps we work hard because we have an inefficient method, and that hard work might bring better results if used more wisely. Today I would like to tell you why sometimes, the worst thing you can do is working hard.

In this episode:

  • The working-hard honour badge [00:01:30]
  • How my life used to be [00:03:00]
  • Adding extra-work for no apparent reason [00:04:30]
  • Making hard what is already difficult [00:06:00]
  • What working hard can stop you from seeing [00:07:30]
  • Do you know how many people reach you? [00:09:00]
  • Do you know if your marketing is working? [00:10:30]
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You Are Losing Clients Thanks To Your Website | Ep 12

podcast Jul 27, 2020


These days it is hard to imagine a law practice without a web page. However, it is easy to find big companies (not only law practices) with low quality, annoying, slow, or "user-unfriendly" websites. Failing to see the importance of having a smooth, professional and fast website can cost you lots of new clients. Today, I would like to share a few simple yet useful tips to upgrade your site and take your law practice to the next level. 

 

In this episode:

  • How do you use Google? [00:03:00]
  • Implementation is better than perfection [00:04:30]
  • Remember that Google is the place to start [00:06:00]
  • How fast does your website load? [00:07:30]
  • Make it mobile-friendly [00:09:00]
  • Book an appointment here! [00:10:30]
  • A general physician or a brain surgery specialist? [00:13:30]
  • Showing up in video [00:15:00]
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Are You Exploiting The New Normality? | Ep 11

podcast Jul 14, 2020


The new reality forced us to adapt our lives. Nowadays, we have virtual birthday parties; we added the facemask to the indispensable items list before going out, and we can appear in court over the phone. But this change doesn't have to be necessarily negative. For instance, last week, I decided to work from a place I love, Whistler, in British Columbia. We can't change the way the world is working, but we can adapt our law practice and exploit the new normality. 

 

In this episode:

  • What have you done during this pandemic to grow your practice? [00:01:30]
  • Now that I have the time I wanted, what? [00:03:00]
  • Location-independent work [00:04:30]
  • Working from an Airbnb on a Tuesday [00:06:00]
  • Using the spaces in my calendar [00:07:30]
  • Things you shouldn't forget while working from home [00:09:00]
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