Law Firm Breakups and Operating Agreements with Jonathan Hawkins [LGE 077]

Lawyer for lawyers and their firms, Jonathan Hawkins, joins Megan in this episode to talk about the business side of law firms.  Partnerships and other firms should have operating agreements in place, because without them, the inevitable breakup is ugly and messy.  This is a great companion episode to Episode 75 on succession planning with[…]

Small Firm Roadmap from Lawyerist with Stephanie Everett [LGE076]

Lawyerist is a community of forward-thinking lawyers, and its leadership team has written a book to help lawyers build their own small law firm of the future.  In this episode, Megan sits down with co-author Stephanie Everett to talk about the book, why it was written, why change is coming to the legal profession, and[…]

Succession Planning for Law Firms with Dylan Hyatt [LGE 075]

Estate planning lawyer Dylan Hyatt joins Megan on this episode to talk about how to protect a solo lawyer’s biggest professional asset – their firm.  Highlights include: What happens when a lawyer is suddenly incapacitated with no succession plan in place Why we need a succession plan, and it’s not only for sudden incapacity or[…]

Let’s Talk UPL Exceptions Under ATILS Proposals [LGE 072]

The UPL exceptions proposed by California’s task force seem to be stirring up a lot of anxiety amongst lawyers.  In this episode, Megan breaks down the actual proposals and encourages public comment on each of them.  Allowing more players in the legal services game is not half as scary as reactionary comments on social media[…]

Legal Coaching: Law Firm Service of the Future with Jennifer Gerstenzang [LGE 71]

Legal coaching, or limited scope representation, can address a tremendous need for participants in the justice system to get access to information not otherwise available to them.  In this episode, criminal defense attorney and legal coach Jennifer Gerstenzang talks with Megan about her coaching practice.  Highlights include: – How legal coaching bridges the gap for[…]

Non-Lawyer Ownership: Public Comment to California ATILS [LGE 070]

Non-lawyer ownership of organizations providing legal services is a broad topic encompassing solos sharing their operating accounts with their spouses all the way to publicly traded law firms.  As California considers rule changes that would allow non-lawyer ownership, this episode explores what non-lawyer ownership may look like, common arguments in support of the ban, thoughts[…]

Stop Using Ethics Rules as a Crutch/What’s Really Holding You Back with Jess Birken [LGE069]

So often lawyers are afraid to try something new (or new to them), and they often cite the ethics rules as one of the reasons they cannot do whatever it is.  After reading Seth Godin’s recent blog post Fear of Kohlrabi, Jess Birken and Megan got into a discussion of what really hinders lawyers’ ability[…]