Work Smarter

Create an automated, frictionless law practice where work gets done easily —even with just a smartphone.

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I can honestly say that I’m years ahead now because of this.

Keith Magness

Be Ruthless

If you’re a small firm lawyer, you must be ruthless about using limited resources (e.g. your time). Digital technology can help you leverage those limited resources in mind-boggling ways.

At least, in theory.

Be Realistic

Unfortunately, technology is often more bewildering and frustrating than helpful. For most lawyers, anyway.

So what’s the solution? How can you turn things around?

The key is to “work smarter” with technology. You need to be strategic and realistic (as opposed to haphazard and naïve).

Focus ruthlessly on the high-value levers supplied by modern technology, which is how you start to…

Work Smarter

When you leverage technology effectively to improve your workflows, you’ll be able to:

  • Dramatically lower your overhead
  • Create documents up to 300% faster
  • Find & hire low-cost virtual assistants
  • Blitz through emails with preset responses
  • Be able to find any document in a flash
  • Have confidence your data is fully secure
  • Be able to work from anywhere
  • Gain more freedom & have more time off

Caveat

Learning to leverage technology takes time and ongoing commitment.

If you demand rapid transformation, you’re destined for frustration and disappointment.

But if you’re sensible and patient, then you’ll succeed. I know, because that’s how I used tech to transform my solo practice.

And that’s how the lawyers I’ve been able to help have done it.

How to start

First, commit to taking action to improve your practice. Don’t be passive. And don’t fall prey to shiny object distractions.

If you want to create big changes in your practice, zero in on the things that matter most. Specifically…

Focus On These 3 Keys

1. Automate

This is how your practice starts to run more by itself—i.e. with minimal effort or oversight on your part.

2. Outsource

Delegate low-level tasks to others (outsource if possible) so you can focus more on high-value work.

3. Systematize

Document your workflows (and refine them over time) so all your work gets done well, reliably, always.

“I recommend Ernie to anyone who wants to work smarter, watching everyone else run around in circles.”

Catherine Fairchild

Ernie's Message...

About twenty years ago, I created a 100% paperless, highly automated law practice. One that was both financially rewarding and immensely satisfying.

Revelation

My transformation started in 2002, with this discovery…

Using nothing more than a laptop and a smartphone I could handle complex litigation cases completely by myself, and do so at a much lower cost.

So, in 2006, I left the big law firm where I’d been for 18 years to start a solo practice.

Of course, I was apprehensive. And my colleagues thought I was crazy to leave the prestige of well-regarded firm for an uncertain future.

But it worked out.

A Dream Come True

I made enough money to be happy and kept my overhead low so I could make my clients happy too.

In short, I worked as much as I wanted, and however I wanted.

Other Lawyers Noticed

The lawyers in my old firm still thought I was crazy, but other lawyers thought my approach made sense.

Some of them asked me to help them adopt technology in their practices. This turned out to be something I enjoyed doing.

So I kept doing it. The more I did, the more I liked it. And eventually, I took another leap of faith.

Helping Others

In 2009 I created Law Firm Autopilot and made helping fellow lawyers a full-time mission.

The ABA asked me to write some books. And other bar organizations invited me to speak at conferences around the country.

In 2018, the ABA presented me with their Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award, which was nice. BUT…

My greatest joy comes from seeing lawyers achieve a level of happiness they never thought possible.

What They Say…

  • “Your recommendations helped me to go paperless. And now I feel completely liberated.” — Darlene Daniele
  • I feel reinvigorated about my practice.” —Jimmy Go
  • “I learned to develop systems to make my practice more efficient and profitable.” — Christine Senne
  • “Thanks to you, damn near most of my payment, docs and communication is getting systematically automated.” — Wes Bailey
  • “Gads, I haven’t been this excited about my business in years.” — Joseph Rockne
  • “It is clear that you love helping people”—Catherine Fairchild

Learn to Work Smarter

Success in the Digital Age hinges on learning to “work smarter.”

There are two ways to get started.

  1. Enroll in the Working Smarter Course (the best option that most lawyers take).
  2. Or download my Free PDF Guide (and take a smaller action step)
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A Stubborn Truth...

The old ways of doing things don’t work as well as they used to. That should be obvious by now.

There are new ways of running a law practice (or any modern business) that are much better.

If you want to improve your practice, but have questions you’d like to ask me in person, that’s another option.

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What lawyers say

about their experiences...

I really feel that Ernie understands the challenges lawyers face when running their business.

Bin Xia Zhang– Quebec, Canada

I learned how to develop systems to make my practice more efficient and profitable.

Christine Senne—Orlando, FL

I have been practicing for nearly 43 years, so I’ve been around long enough to recognize the real deal. Ernie is the real deal.

Tom Walker– Boise, ID

My practice has grown exponentially.

Stephanie Quigley– New Orleans, LA

You are showing lawyers how to transform their small firm practices in a way I don't see anyone else being able to do.

Todd Smith– Austin, TX