Innovating In Your Practice Without Fear of Ethics with Melissa Hall [LGE 008]

Apr 3, 2018 | Podcast

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Lawyers no longer have to fear ethics constraints when crafting a law practice that truly reflects their lifestyle desires and needs. It’s possible to build a practice that provides flexibility and fulfillment while allowing lawyers to provide legal services in the way that they choose.

I’m joined by Melissa Hall of Smol Law, a primary legal care practice in Seattle, Washington. Melissa shares how she’s innovating with her law practice without fear of ethics.

What We Discuss in This Episode:

  • How Melissa took an old school practice and brought it into modern day
  • Why it’s important for lawyers to actually care about the work that they do
  • Aside from providing counseling and advice, how Melissa is using her network to help clients find other lawyers
  • How Melissa is able to implement innovative practices
  • Why lawyers rarely stop and think about what they really want out of their careers
  • How to plan for a practice that suits your life and lifestyle
  • What it looks like to have a practice when you have an illness or other medical condition that requires constant attention
  • Planning and preparing for a “backup” lawyer for your solo practice
  • The virtual nature of Melissa’s practice and how she schedules her consultation calls
  • How Melissa’s retainer agreements and early communications with clients anticipate and reduce any surprises
  • The value of providing your services as a monthly retainer and subscription-style service

Resources Mentioned:


Jeena Cho’s Episode 6

Contact Information:

Melissa’s website

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