Family law practitioner Elise Buie has built a paperless practice that is super streamlined and optimized for remote work. She and Ernie share thoughts about how Hurricane Katrina helped motivate lawyers to adopt technology that improved their practices. Listen in and find out why she says that learning to practice virtually not only helps your firm run smoother, but also dramatically improves your quality of life.
For example, she observed that “it’s so much easier to file a difficult brief from a beach in New Zealand than from your office.” She knows this from direct personal experience, and you can learn from her experiences by listening closely to this episode. And it would probably help to take careful notes as you listen.
- Elise Buie’s firm website.
- Check out Ernie’s course on paperless lawyering that Elise mentioned that she took.
- Check out Ernie’s LawFirm Autopilot Slack Group
- Read Ernie’s article about why Slack is valuable as a form of group chat.
- Sign up for a Zoom account and learn how to do virtual meetings with video.
- Get Ernie’s free *Tech Resource Guide* for solo and small firm lawyers, which includes recommendations about working remotely.
Want to take your practice to the next level?
If you want to make big changes and massively improve your law practice check out my upcoming Small Firm Bootcamp conference – a 2-day conference for attorneys who want to learn how to better leverage tech (i.e. automation, paperless practice, mobile/virtual practice) to transform their practices. Special “early bird” pricing is still in effect as of the recording date of this episode
And as soon as you register for the Bootcamp you’ll get access to 60+ lessons that have been pre-recorded, plus you’ll be invited to a weekly webinar series that will run each Thursday or Friday up until the May 7th & 8th Bootcamp.
In case you’re wondering how the current global virus crisis will affect the Bootcamp, it won’t affect it much. We’ll have the live sessions in New Orleans and live stream those for folks who want to participate remotely (and get access to recordings of the live streams).
And if for any reason, we can’t do the live sessions in the hotel we’ll shift to completely virtual programming via GoToWebinar sessions all day on May 7th and 8th. And those sessions will be recorded as well.
So, once you sign up for the Bootcamp you’ll get access to pre-recorded content and to live webinars, which are all being recorded.
If you don’t want to register for the Bootcamp, but want to attend the weekly webinars you can do so by signing up here (you won’t get access to any recorded material; just the live weekly webinars).
Finally, if you’ve enjoyed this podcast you’ll probably appreciate my Co-Pilot coaching program …which is designed to help you to harness the power of modern technology so you can start working less, earning more, and enjoying more time off.
BTW, I’d love to hear your questions or get feedback (if you want to record your thoughts using this cool tool).
Also, you might want to download my free Guide to Working Smarter in the Digital Age (to help you optimize your practice —so you start working less and relaxing more).
And if you want to make improvements faster, check out my Working Smarter course.
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P.S. If you want to create better systems for your practice, check out this Ultimate Guide.