The Fulfilled Lawyer: Create the Law Practice You Desire

The Fulfilled Lawyer: Create the Law Practice You Desire

by Kathleen Paukert

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627224512
Publisher: American Bar Association
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Paukert has been named one of Spokane's top lawyers by Spokane-Coeur d'Alene Living magazine in 2008-2013. She is a sought-after speaker, and is equally determined to have a life that is meaningful outside the courtroom. She resides in Spokane, Washington.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Chapter 1 The Practice of Law Is Not the Problem 1

What Is Going on with Lawyers? 5

Have Family Dynamics Changed? 6

Do Lawyers Have to Work Too Hard? 7

Is Practicing Law Stressful? 8

Should Lawyers Practice in Only One Area of Law? 8

Is Being a Lawyer No Longer Respectable? 9

Do Lawyers Make Enough Money? 10

Is Prestige Overrated? 11

Is the Practice of Law Adversarial? 11

Are Lawyers Nothing More Than Paper Pushers? 12

Are There Too Many Lawyers and Not Enough Clients? 12

Are There Enough Jobs? 13

Did You Go to Law School Because You Didn't Know What Else to Do? 13

Did You Go to Law School Because Others Expected It of You? 14

How Do You Deal with the Good 01' Boys Network? 14

What Are Your Issues? 16

Chapter 2 Create the Practice of Law You Desire and Stay in Your Current Practice 17

Large and Medium-Sized Private Firms 18

Small Firms 25

Government 26

Nonprofits 29

In-House 31

Chapter 3 Create the Practice You Desire! Start Your Own Practice! 35

Partners 37

Office Space 38

Staff 39

Furniture 47

Equipment 47

Office Supplies 49

Bank Accounts 49

Accounting, Billing, and Taxes 51

Retirement Planning 51

Marketing 52

Chapter 4 Practice in the Areas That Fulfill You 53

Chapter 5 Create the Balance and Environment You Want to Work In 63

Chapter 6 Be the Kind of Lawyer You Want to Be 69

Honest Lawyer 72

Tough Lawyer 73

Abusive Lawyer 75

Peaceful Lawyer 76

Greedy Lawyer 77

Workaholic Lawyer 79

Pushover Lawyer 79

Egotistical Lawyer 80

Bottom Line 82

Chapter 7 Get Your Personal and Business Finances In Order 85

Personal Finances 85

Firm Finances 91

Bookkeeping and Your Accounts 91

Savings Account 92

Lines of Credit 92

Credit Cards 93

Billing 93

Chapter 8 Create the Client Base You Desire 97

Marketing 98

Networking 101

The Internet 105

The Phone Book 108

Television 109

Radio 110

Bench Advertising and Bus Advertising 110

Billboard Advertising 110

Sponsorships 111

Speaking Engagements 111

Free Publicity 112

Magazine/Newspaper Advertising 112

The Hustle 113

Support for Other Lawyers 113

Chapter 9 Mastering the Art of Getting Back Up Again! 117

Chapter 10 Use Technology to Create the Practice You Desire 123

The Basics 123

Supplements to the Basics 125

Chapter 11 Are You Standing in the Way of Creating the Practice You Desire? 127

Chapter 12 Are You Burned Out? You Can Recover and Have the Practice You Desire! 135

Chapter 13 The Laws of Attraction and/or the Power of Positive Thinking in Creating the Practice You Desire 141

Chapter 14 Making It Happen! 153

Chapter 15 Advice for Law Students and New Lawyers 157

Chapter 16 It Is Your Life, Career, and Choice 163

Index 165

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