The latest issue of Family Lawyer Magazine is required reading for those wanting to grow their law firm. 

You went to law school to become a lawyer: not a business manager, an IT professional, or a marketing specialist. Unfortunately, you may find yourself spending more time managing staff, dealing with new technology, billing existing clients, or trying to attract new clients than actually practicing law. Today, a lawyer needs to be able to think like  the owner of a successful business to build or maintain a thriving law firm. This is especially true for small firms and solo practitioners – but even medium to large firms can have partners whose billable hours suffer when they regularly have to wear other “hats” at the office.

With a special focus on practice management, client relations, and marketing – which are crucial to a prosperous practice – the Spring 2017 issue of Family Lawyer Magazine explores how lawyers can reduce:

  • time spent on tasks that don’t directly contribute to the bottom line,
  • errors in files, and
  • risk to their firm.

As a family lawyer, what can you delegate, outsource, or automate – without negatively impacting your clients’ experience with your firm?

If you didn’t receive a copy in the mail, you can download the latest issue of Family Lawyer Magazine at www.FamilyLawyerMagazine.com, where you will find answers to some of your most pressing questions, such as:

‌• How do I build and maintain a solid client base? A successful law firm must have lawyers who know and understand all aspects of the law. But that firm’s policies regarding client relations are equally important: lawyers who know the law backwards and forwards but can’t maintain a solid client base could cause their firm to fail. Read “6 Ways to Improve Client Relations” to learn more. 

‌• Is it possible – or even advisable – to have a paperless family law office? Twenty-first-century clients expect their lawyers to have all the information about their case with them at all times, wherever they are. Unless you want to drag around boxes of files everywhere you go, the only way to achieve this is to go paperless. “5 Practical Tips for a Paperless Family Law Office” discusses how going paperless can make your firm more organized and enable you to serve your clients better.

‌• How can I figure out what my client’s financial priorities are? This is never an easy task. Ask a client what they want and you’re met by a confused stare, an incoherent vent, or an angry answer. If you hope to get an informed answer, you need to read “What Drives a Client’s Financial Attitudes and Goals?”

Women of Influence

Before the election last Fall, Hillary Clinton wrote about being one of a handful of women taking the law school admissions test at Harvard. While she was nervously waiting for the exam to start, a group of male candidates started yelling at her to leave. “One of them even said: ‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I’ll die.’ And they weren’t kidding around.” Although it got very personal, Hillary knew she couldn’t respond without risking her ability to complete the test successfully.

Gender equality has been in the news in the last few months: the 2016 “Global Gender Gap Report” by the World Economic Forum revealed that it would take another 170 years to reach economic gender equity; Google “Did Hillary Clinton lose because she’s a woman?” and you’ll get 36,800,000 results; and on January 21, millions of women marched to protect their rights and freedoms around the world.

Because we like to provide food for thought as well as practical advice and tips, you’ll find “Women of Influence” in the pages of this issue. The re-invigoration of the women’s movement inspired Family Lawyer Magazine to ask four successful female family lawyers what it has taken for them to rise to the top, and what role – if any – gender plays in their practices. This article allows these extraordinary women to tell their own stories about how they blazed trails to the top of their profession in a field once dominated by men.


Published by Divorce Marketing Group, Family Lawyer Magazine’s mission is to offer information and advice that will help family lawyers achieve excellence – both professionally and personally. The magazine – which reaches more than 30,000 family lawyers – also includes a directory for those who are seeking experts, services, and products for help with family law cases and practice management.

In business for 21 years, Divorce Marketing Group is still the only one-stop marketing agency dedicated to helping family lawyers and other divorce professionals grow their practices. The agency’s other products include Divorce Magazine and DivorceMagazine.com, DivorcedMoms.com, 10 print and web-based Divorce Guides, and divorce eNewsletters. Divorce Marketing Group offers a full range of marketing services, including website design and promotion, social media marketing, video and podcast marketing, print advertising, and pay-per-click advertising campaign management.