How Lawyers Work: Eric Johnson

What is your elevator pitch?

Imagine like a choose, not like a husband or wife. After two decades of follow I realized: (1) what the divorce consumer wishes and/or feels is fair does not subject virtually as substantially (if at all) as what your choose wishes to do and what your choose feels constrained by the law to do, and (2) divorce shoppers really do not know this instinctively.

So substantially get worried, hard work, and time is wasted on the concern: “How do I get what I want out of the divorce?” My mantra is that what you want: (1) is not inside your command, and (2) is not a concern that both your choose or the law cares about.

So somewhat than request your attorney, “How do I get what I want?” request these questions as an alternative:

(1) “Given the instances of my situation, what need to I be expecting to take place in my divorce situation, and why?”

(2) “What can and need to I honestly do to make improvements to the odds of the situation treating me as favorably as realistically attainable?”

(3) “How do I do this as swiftly and inexpensively as realistically attainable?”

(4) Even if you tell your self and your attorney, “I just want what’s fair.” The real truth is that “what’s fair” bears a striking resemblance to “what I want.”

What applications or tools are critical to your daily workflow?

G Suite—Google Chrome, G-mail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Drive—is critical, as nicely as Messenger (Facebook) for SMS messaging, and Microsoft Phrase.

For calculating long term dates, deadlines, counting backward, and so forth., I use I also use an electronic submitting portal (Utah State unique).

For hardware, I have a fingers-totally free phone headset, my cell cellular phone and Bluetooth headset, and a few displays (1 for e mail, 1 for phrase processing, 1 for online research, investigate, and miscellaneous—like listening to the radio or podcasts).

What does your workspace look like?

A single man band. I’m a solo practitioner, but I use Ruby Receptionist to tackle my phone overflow when I cannot answer the cellular phone myself.

How do you preserve monitor of your calendars and deadlines?

I at present use my Google calendar and a consumer task listing spreadsheet.

I have experimented with to use a follow management procedure. I even have a Clio account (I was among the the very first to use Clio), but I just observed them to be far more difficulty than they are worth from a complexity standpoint. My bookkeeper makes use of Clio for bookkeeping purposes, but I really do not use Clio for everything myself.

I am going to verify out Clio’s recent setup to see if it is worth investing the time and hard work to use it far more in the management of my follow.

What is your coffee service setup?

None. I’m a Mormon, and Mormons really do not consume coffee, so that’s why I have no coffee service.

What is 1 thing that you hear to, examine, or check out that absolutely everyone need to?

 Keane. It is underrated. Tom Chaplin has a voice for ages. Tim Rice-Oxley is a proficient composer and lyricist.

The Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck has it all—great writing, wonderful tale, wonderful being power.

The Sting. The Sting is the sort of film I’ll check out at any place it will come on, even if it is in the center or just about to close. If you haven’t witnessed it, you’re deprived.

What is your most loved neighborhood area to network or perform solo?

Networking is not for absolutely everyone. Networking is for individuals who have the talent for employing individuals without the need of individuals both emotion applied or resenting staying applied. I have no such talent.

So my networking is my Seth Godinesque: “Here, I created this. I hope you like it.” lets me to attain out to individuals who truly feel I can assistance them, and when it operates greatest the individuals who obtain me are individuals I want to assistance and they want to assistance me.

What are a few matters you do without the need of are unsuccessful each individual day?

(1) Get in touch with my shoppers. Making contact with my shoppers is actually weekly, but I definitely do get in touch with each individual consumer no considerably less than once a week, without the need of are unsuccessful. It typically goes unappreciated, but I know I’m carrying out some thing critical for them.

(2) Blog—the only way to take in the elephant.

(3) Test my Consumer Undertaking Listing. This was not my plan, but it has been 1 of my most critical tools that I use to preserve monitor of all open cases and deadlines (each exterior and inside). Examining it daily lets me to recall the perform I have to do, which assists make certain I do it. As a result, I close up receiving 2 times as substantially perform carried out as the regular attorney.

Who else would you like to see answer these questions?

Joel Osteen. He’s so perennially constructive and upbeat, and it seems to be authentic. If so, I could learn a ton from him. Getting a divorce attorney is really hard even for individuals like me who like the perform. Learning to continue to be constructive, still apparent-eyed seems to me to be some thing Joel Osteen has internalized.

Past updated January 29th, 2018.

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