The Law Firm

Autopilot Course

Harness technology to better manage and market your practice

What’s the course all about?

One of the biggest questions I get is “how exactly will the Autopilot course help improve my law practice?”

The best answer comes from a lawyer named…

Patrick Slaughter

In 2015 Patrick was trying to find ways to better manage his family law practice, which is located in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Most of all Patrick was looking for a way for him and his wife Zena (who is his office manager) to get more time away from the office—so they could relax and enjoy life more.

He wondered if technology could help make his practice easier to manage, so he started surfing the web.

Long story short, he found my website and signed up for my program.

At first, he was skeptical, but he followed my recommendations. And after several months he started to see some massive improvements.

He described his experience in a message to the lawyers in the Law Firm Autopilot Facebook group.

Here’s what Patrick wrote:

“Ok, just want to put this out there and thank Ernie and all the other folks that have helped Zena and I. A few weeks ago, we tried something different and it was really life-changing.

January was probably our best month ever financially, but I was worn out and desperately needing a break. Problem was that I couldn’t imagine actually leaving town with the practice unattended. Then I thought what the heck, give it a shot.

We decided to try a “working vacation.” So we booked 10 days at Disney World (yea I know, but we love it). We headed to Florida with our laptops and thought we would see what happened.

Long story short, everything went great! We each billed about 3 hours a day in the morning before we went out to do all the fun stuff.

I was able to access all of our client files because everything is paperless and stored in the cloud.

I could dictate on my iPhone and then email it to my staff that were still working in the office. They could transcribe and send everything back for me to review. I could revise and then OK it, insert my signature and send it back to them to file.

I could return client phone calls from my cell phone using a special phone app so it looked like the call was coming from my office, even though I told them the truth. (Still they didn’t get my cell phone number.)

We use a cloud-based practice management software program. So we could bill and keep track of calendar appointments. Zena was able to book appointments for prospective and current clients.

We even ran bills while down in Florida. Took less than an hour to process invoices and then transfer money from trust to operating accounts.Now we are having the best February we’ve ever had.

We have been so impressed with how things went that now we are looking at renting an apartment in Florida and getting away at least once a month.

It was kind of hard for me to believe at first, but you really can run your practice from anywhere and be just as productive if you just invest in the right tools and take the time to set your practice up to take advantage of today’s technology.

So essentially what the Autopilot program does is…

It helps you figure out which technology tools to invest in, and then helps you use those tools effectively, so you can streamline your practice in mind-boggling ways.

3 More Common Questions

1. What’s included in the course?

2. How long does it take to go through the course, and how long do I get access to the course?

3. How will I know if the course is a good fit for me and my practice?

These are all important questions, so let’s address them one at a time…

1. What’s included in the course?

There are over 50 lessons (which you can scroll down and take a look at below).

The lessons are grouped into several modules, such as:

  • Foundational topics: mindset, vision for your firm, and defining your ideal practice
  • Systems and streamlining, including task management, email efficiency, online scheduling tools and tactics, data security, backup, password management, and how to choose practice management software.
  • Paperless law practice, including PDF skills training, cloud-document storage, best scanner options, and digital file management tools and practices.
  • Automation, especially text automation such as creating form documents more quickly and reliably.
  • Delegation & Outsourcing, including how to outsource legal work to part-time virtual assistants that you can hire on-demand on a per-project basis.
  • Marketing fundamentals that you must know before hiring anyone or spending any money on advertisements of any kind.
  • Referral Marketing and Online Marketing, essential strategies, and tactics—including the keys for creating a tasteful website that helps you attract your ideal clients in a steady stream in a low-cost way by using the power of automation.
  • Resource Library with over 30 checkliststemplatesshort guides and workbooks

Periodic Webinars – Ernie does some free webinars throughout the year, some related to operational topics, and some related to marketing. He frequently has special guests who have deep knowledge in a particular area related to operations marketing.

There’s a Q&A session after each presentation where you can ask questions about anything you want, even if it’s not related to the topic Ernie covers in the webinars.

The webinars are recorded for later viewing so if you can’t make it to the live session you can watch the whole event, including the Q&A session.

2. How long does it take to go through the course, and how long to I get access to the course?

Obviously, how long it takes you to go through the course depends on how fast you want to go through it, and much time you have to go through it.

Some folks take a few weeks to go through all the lessons. Some folks take a few months. A few people have gone through all of the materials in a few days.

As far as access, you have LIFETIME ACCESS to all of the materials.

And, as I create new lessons (which I do from time to time) those lessons will be added to your course materials at no extra charge.

3. How will I know if the AutoPilot course is a good fit for me and my practice?

I’m confident that you’ll find it helpful, but the best way for you to know is to sign up and check it out yourself. You can try it risk-free for 30 days because if (for any reason) during the first 30 days you decide that the Autopilot course is not for you then let me know and I’ll refund all of the money that you paid.

Why am I willing to make this guarantee? Simple, because 99% of lawyers who take the course get massive benefits.

For example, here’s what folks say about the course:

“I can honestly say that I’m years ahead of where I would be if had not done this…” —Keith Magness

My practice has grown exponentially because of Ernie.”—Stephanie Quigley

“If you’re looking to automate your practice, make your life a lot easier, and create the law firm of your dreams…I highly recommend Ernie’s course.”—Ramesh Reddy

“I recommend this Ernie’s programs to anyone who wants to work smarter…while watching everyone else run around in circles.”—Catherine Fairchild

So, here’s the…

Bottom Line

If you’re ready to get started with improving your practice click the button below (or scroll down and review the lessons included in the course).

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The Course Curriculum includes...

  • Short Orientation Video
  • A Quick Survey of Your Practice
  • The Complete Lessons Checklist


  • Introduction
  • Download Course Book
  • Keys to Success: Avoiding Misjudgments & Poor Decisions

Approach: Mindset, Vision, Focus

  • Cultivating a “Success Mindset”
  • Crafting The Ideal Vision For Your Law Firm
  • Defining Your Ideal Practice
  • Vision Brainstorming Workbook
  • After Completing the Vision Workbook

Systems & Strategic Goals

  • The Importance of Systems
  • An Overview of Systems
  • Strategic Firm Management
  • Setting Strategic Goals
  • Documenting Law Firm Systems
  • Sample Law Firm Systems Manual – General Checklist
  • John Fisher’s Book: The Power of a System
  • Proof of The Power of Systems

Getting Assistance

  • 5 Keys to Hiring Good Consultants
  • List of Recommended Consultants

Marketing Your Practice

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • What Lame Marketing Looks Like
  • Why Clients Don’t Trust You
  • Key Takeaways for Trust Building
  • Pop Quiz
  • Your Ideal Client
  • Brainstorming Your Ideal Client
  • Powerhouse Referral Marketing
  • Referral Marketing – Key Takeaways
  • Polishing Your LinkedIn Profile
  • Help with Your Marketing: Megan Graham
  • How to Gather Great Client Testimonials

Streamlining Operations

  • Creating a Paperless Practice
  • Free Course on Paperless Lawyering
  • Cloud Storage & Services
  • Legal ethics expert explains how lawyers can use Dropbox
  • Email Efficiency
  • Better Virtual Collaboration: Slack
  • Securing Your Law Firm Data
  • The best way to protect yourself from hackers online
  • Password Management
  • Backing Up Data
  • How to Choose Practice Management Software


  • Automation Basics
  • Overview of Text Automation
  • Powerful Text Automation – TextExpander
  • TextExpander In Depth – Brett Burney
  • Automated Scheduling with Acuity
  • Automated Mileage Tracking


  • Introduction to Outsourcing & Delegation
  • The 5 Levels of Delegation
  • Outsourcing Basics
  • Outsourcing Tips from a Solo Attorney
  • Receptionists
  • Bookkeeping
  • Transcription Service
  • Outsourcing Legal Work
  • Example of outsourced legal research

Resource Library: Checklists, Templates, Short Guides & Workbooks

  • Quick Start Actions
  • Strategic Success Blueprint
  • Three Keys to Success
  • 4 Key Components To a Successful Law Firm
  • Vision Quest Brainstorm Workbook
  • Productivity Blueprint
  • Ideal Week Planner
  • Top Concerns About Starting New Firm
  • Starting New Firm Checklist
  • Law Firm System Manual Checklist
  • Systems Overview – Process Mapping & Record Keeping
  • Process Mapping Worksheet
  • Overview of Automation
  • Automation Schematic
  • File Naming System – Guide
  • Document Management Systems
  • Top 5 Qualities for Tech Consultants
  • Guide to Going Paperless
  • Cloud Storage & Services
  • Model Engagement Letter: Provisions for a Paperless Practice & Cloud Storage
  • Backup Systems
  • Automating Brief & Memo Creation
  • Federal Court Pleading – Template
  • (Delegation) The 4 Stages of Competence
  • The 5 Levels of Delegation
  • Delegation-Worksheet
  • Example of outsourced legal research
  • (Marketing) Trust Building Progression
  • The 9 Keys to Trust-Building for Lawyers
  • The Interplay of Marketing & Psychology
  • The 7 Reasons Your Website Stinks
  • Direct Marketing for Lawyers
  • Anatomy of a Lead Magnet
  • Lead Magnet Questionnaire
  • Fast Action Referral Marketing

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