Secrets of Solo Success – Interview with Hope Wood, Esq.

Hope Wood
Hope Wood Esq.

Hope Wood, Esq. is tech savvy when it comes to her estate planning, family law, and business law practice in Iowa.  She has a  paperless office and her website features secure portals for clients.

Hope has also reinvented estate planning to make it easier for her clients. She posts her fees for estate planning packages on her website so her clients know what to expect.  And her unique concept of “Will in a Day” allows her clients get their estate planning done in a streamlined and painless way.

In our interview, Hope gives us tips about her practice and the truth of what it takes to be a successful solo practitioner.

Q. Why did you make the leap to start your own law firm?

Several factors lead my path to a solo practice.  (1) I attended law school during the height of the recession (2009-2012) so there were few firms hiring.  I started solo right from law school and knew by my 3L year that my own practice was going to be my plan.  (2) It was important to me that I had flexibility in my schedule to attend my son’s school events and to have freedom to work remotely for long periods of time if I need to take care of my parents as they age.  (3) I worked in management for 8 years prior to going to law school so I was less afraid of the business part of practicing solo.  (4) I like making business decisions and having input on how a business operates – I only have to negotiate with myself as a solo. Read more

5 ways to stay on top of your law business

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Law practitioners soon realize that their law practice is really a law business.

It is not just winning cases, defending clients, writing briefs or contracts. Much of your time will be handling administration, client management, marketing and many other things that you were never taught in law school.

Run your business so it won’t run you ragged. Follow these 5 ways to stay on top of your law business:

Delight Your Clients

Clients are wonderful but they can also be difficult, demanding and downright ornery.  Do not take clients for granted! You’ve heard that quote: It takes months to find a customer and seconds to lose one?  Keep your clients happy by communicating with them and doing good work.  Survey them for feedback to improve your services. For more tips on client satisfaction read our post How to Get Your Legal Clients to Love You. Read more

Secrets of Solo Success – Interview with Karen Persis, Esq.

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Karen Persis, Esq.

Karen Persis, Esq. is used to many accolades. A University of Florida alumni, she was selected as a Florida Rising Star for seven consecutive years, a distinction awarded to no more than 2.5% of the lawyers under the age of 40. She was also named a Florida Trend Legal Elite Up and Comer for 2017. She is a member of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. Most recently, she received the Orange County Bar Association’s prestigious Young Professionalism Award for upholding high professional and ethical standards.

Karen has a niche law practice focusing on adoption, surrogacy and reproductive law in Orlando, Florida. Since she has been getting noticed as a stellar attorney, we wanted to ask her about her secrets of a successful solo law practice.

Q. Why did you make the leap to start your own law firm?

I wanted to practice a niche area of law, Assisted Reproductive Technology, which was not supported by the firm at which I was employed at the time.

Q. What makes your practice unique?

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5 Easy Steps to Organize Your Office Now

desktopRunning your own law practice or business keeps you pretty busy.  It is hard to stay on top of all the paperwork and clutter.

Having a disorganized office will bring you down and slow you down.  Here are some tips to an organized your office to bring you joy and maximize efficiency.

Get Rid of Clutter

When you are working in the same place, you get used to your surroundings.  Pretend you are a client. Walk into your office with an objective eye and what do you notice? Dusty silk flower arrangements? Outdated magazines? Mismatched furniture? A picture askew? Files everywhere?

Or better yet, have a friend come in and give you their impression of your office. Clearing out unnecessary clutter will give you and your surroundings more breathing room.

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Avoiding Problematic Legal Clients – 9 Red Flags to Watch For

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As a solo law practitioner starting your firm is a challenge, especially when retaining clients.  It is tempting to accept any client that comes your way.  You do have to pay the bills.  However it is advisable to be selective in your clients to avoid headaches down the road.

Any problems you perceive with a prospective client in the beginning will only be magnified once you have put a lot of time and effort into the representation. And untangling yourself from a troublesome client is much more difficult than spending your energy into attracting new ones.

Here are some red flags to avoid problematic clients:

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