NML 014: How to Manage Your Clients’ Stress & Anxiety with Athena Inembolidis

Consumer bankruptcy attorney Athena Inembolidis

Technology and running the business of your law practice is important, but a New Modern Lawyer is always focused on the clients. For many clients, especially consumers and first-time buyers of legal services, engaging a lawyer can be stressful and scary. Part of your role as the lawyer is to manage both the potential as well as current client’s stress and anxiety levels from the initial meeting until the representation is over.

Athena Inembolidis is a consumer bankruptcy attorney in Columbus, Ohio. Due to her practice area, she has to manage client fears and concerns every day. Athena discusses how she handles fearful clients through the bankruptcy process.

In this episode you will learn:

  • Clients are often just as afraid of lawyers as the legal issue
  • Calming clients and easing their fears isn’t rocket science, it’s human decency
  • Why it is important to always explain to a potential client what to expect in the initial meeting
  • The importance of humor during a client meeting
  • Clients love when you explain a document they will receive before they receive it
  • Always try to put yourself in your client’s shoes

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NML 013: The Importance of Taking Time Off

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As lawyers, especially solos or small firm practitioners, it is easy to find ourselves completely immersed in our practices. Sometimes, though, we need to take a break from the law and running our firms.

In this solo episode, Brad talks about the importance of taking time off and gives some tips for making it happen.

 

In this episode you will learn:

  • Why it is important for solo and small firm attorneys to take some time away from their practices
  • What the busy lawyer can do to to prepare for taking some time off

 

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NML 012: Going from Solo to Starting a Partnership

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Many solos leave their solo practice at some point to test the partnership waters. There are numerous benefits to starting up a firm, but there are also some pitfalls you need to be aware of before you take the plunge.

John recently left his solo practice to join with another attorney, and he will talk about his decision to do so as well as the process he and his new partner undertook prior to opening their doors.

 

In this episode you will learn:

  • Why you might want to leave the solo life to start up a practice with a partner
  • The biggest benefit of being a solo attorney
  • The process of starting up a law partnership
  • How a business partnership is a lot like a marriage, and why you should treat your potential business partner like a potential spouse
  • Some surprises and challenges John faced when opening his new firm
  • How to get John to send you a perfumed, hand-written note

 

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NML 011: Is Alternative Office Space Right For You?

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Traditionally, a law practice was located in a dedicated office with a lease, furniture, equipment, and possibly staff. It was what was expected of a lawyer and law firm, and there weren’t really many other options.

Now, however, your law practice isn’t restricted to a traditional office. Alternatives range from working from home to co-working spaces to virtual offices. With the options available today, is alternative office space right for you? And how to do you choose which option will work best for you and your practice?

 

In this episode you will learn:

  • You are no longer limited to running your practice from a traditional rented office
  • Some non-traditional options for office space
  • How Brad makes working from home work for him
  • How to determine what kind of office space will work best for you
  • The importance of flexibility

 

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NML 010: Is a Virtual Assistant Right for Your Law Practice?

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A virtual assistant can be a great alternative to on-site staff for solos and small firms. Staff can be one of the largest expenses for law firms. One way to keep costs down is by using virtual assistants. Besides only paying them for the work they do, virtual assistants don’t require expensive office space, which equals less overhead. Especially for true solos, a virtual assistant can help you with a myriad of administrative tasks that might otherwise be swept aside or that should be done by someone else.

 

In this episode you will learn:

  • Brad’s big announcement!
  • Whether a virtual assistant might be right for you
  • How to find a virtual assistant
  • What kinds of tasks you can have a virtual assistant do
  • Tips for communicating and working with a virtual assistant

 

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