100 episodes

Helping lawyers create frictionless practices with automated systems so all your work gets done quickly & easily — even with just a smartphone.

The host, Ernie Svenson, transformed his solo practice back in 2006 and then started helping fellow lawyers do the same. His advice is practical and concise — with specific recommendations for what to do and what not to do.

If you want a smoother-running, more enjoyable law practice then this podcast is for you.

Law Firm Autopilot Ernie "the Attorney" Svenson

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    • 5.0 • 80 Ratings

Helping lawyers create frictionless practices with automated systems so all your work gets done quickly & easily — even with just a smartphone.

The host, Ernie Svenson, transformed his solo practice back in 2006 and then started helping fellow lawyers do the same. His advice is practical and concise — with specific recommendations for what to do and what not to do.

If you want a smoother-running, more enjoyable law practice then this podcast is for you.

    Modern Legal Ethics (with Dane Ciolino)

    Modern Legal Ethics (with Dane Ciolino)

    Can you ethically practice New York law if you're licensed there but actually living in Louisiana? Listen and find out.
     
    Modern legal ethics is now driven by technology, so how can regulatory bodies keep up with the pace of change? Short answer: in many key areas, they can't and aren't.
     
    Show Notes
    Dane Ciolino's website (LA Legal Ethics) Casemap (software Dane & Ernie used and loved) Airtable (the popular cloud- based database program Dane uses instead of Casemap) Check out my 2-page outline: Digital Lawyering (how to work smarter by using technology effectively) BTW, I'd love to get your feedback or hear about your questions (which I'll answer in upcoming episodes).
     
    And if you download my free Solo & Small Firm Lawyers’ Guide to Working Smarter I'll follow up and send you a few helpful emails to make it easy for you to take actions that lead to important results in your practice.
     
    Oh, and if you're interested in radical improvement for your law practice, check out my new Working Smarter course.
     
    Thanks to Our Sponsor
    Smith.ai is an amazing virtual receptionist service that specializes in working with solo and small law firms. When you hire Smith.ai you’re actually hiring well-trained, friendly receptionists who can respond to callers in English or Spanish.
     
    If there’s one great outsourcing opportunity for your practice, this is it. Let Smith.ai have your back while you stay focused on your work, knowing that your clients and prospects are being taken care of.
     
    Plans start at $210/month for 30 calls and pricing starts at $140 for 20 chats, with overage at $7 per chat. They offer a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee on all receptionist and live chat plans including add-ons (up to $1000).
     
    And they have a special offer for podcast listeners where you can get an extra $100 discount with promo code ERNIE100. Sign up for a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee now (and learn more) at smith.ai.
     
    EPISODE CREDITS:
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.
     
    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.
     
    Find out more at EmeraldCity

    • 50 min
    Digital Workflow Fundamentals

    Digital Workflow Fundamentals

    After eliminating inefficient paper, the next question is how can you optimize your digital workflows in your practice to make it more streamlined and automated. That's what's covered this episode.
     
    Show Notes
    Check out the 2-page outline: Digital Lawyering (how to work smarter by using technology effectively) Chatterboss virtual assistants (schedule a free call to find out how they work for lawyers like you) Otter.ai (automated transcript-generation from notes or personal dictation) NetDocuments (a cloud-based document management system for professionals like lawyers, accountants etc.) Episode 49 - Reduce Costs & Save Time with a DMS (with Craig Bayer Episode 64 - Backing Up Your Law Firm's Data (with Craig Bayer) BTW, I'd love to get your feedback or hear about your questions (which I'll answer in upcoming episodes).
     
    And if you download my free Solo & Small Firm Lawyers’ Guide to Working Smarter I'll follow up and send you a few helpful emails to make it easy for you to take actions that lead to important results in your practice.
     
    Oh, and if you're interested in radical improvement for your law practice, check out my new Working Smarter course.
     
    Thanks to Our Sponsor
    Smith.ai is an amazing virtual receptionist service that specializes in working with solo and small law firms. When you hire Smith.ai you’re actually hiring well-trained, friendly receptionists who can respond to callers in English or Spanish.
     
    If there’s one great outsourcing opportunity for your practice, this is it. Let Smith.ai have your back while you stay focused on your work, knowing that your clients and prospects are being taken care of.
     
    Plans start at $210/month for 30 calls and pricing starts at $140 for 20 chats, with overage at $7 per chat. They offer a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee on all receptionist and live chat plans including add-ons (up to $1000).
     
    And they have a special offer for podcast listeners where you can get an extra $100 discount with promo code ERNIE100. Sign up for a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee now (and learn more) at smith.ai.
     
    EPISODE CREDITS:
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.
     
    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.
     
    Find out more at EmeraldCity

    • 35 min
    Paperless Law Practice - Common Questions

    Paperless Law Practice - Common Questions

    Creating a paperless practice is vital if you want to reduce friction in workflows, and improve efficiency. Lawyers have some common questions about how to make this happen, and this episode will provide answers. 
     
    Show Notes
    2017 ABA Article ("How a Paperless Practice May Be Right For You") Check out my 2-page outline: Digital Lawyering (how to work smarter by using technology effectively)   BTW, I'd love to know about your questions (which I'll answer in upcoming episodes).
     
    And if you download my free Solo & Small Firm Lawyers’ Guide to Working Smarter I'll follow up and send you a few helpful emails to make it easy for you to take actions that lead to important results in your practice.
     
    Oh, and if you're interested in radical improvement for your law practice, check out my new Working Smarter course.
     
    Thanks to Our Sponsor
    Smith.ai is an amazing virtual receptionist service that specializes in working with solo and small law firms. When you hire Smith.ai you’re actually hiring well-trained, friendly receptionists who can respond to callers in English or Spanish.
     
    If there’s one great outsourcing opportunity for your practice, this is it. Let Smith.ai have your back while you stay focused on your work, knowing that your clients and prospects are being taken care of.
     
    Plans start at $210/month for 30 calls and pricing starts at $140 for 20 chats, with overage at $7 per chat. They offer a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee on all receptionist and live chat plans including add-ons (up to $1000).
     
    And they have a special offer for podcast listeners where you can get an extra $100 discount with promo code ERNIE100. Sign up for a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee now (and learn more) at smith.ai.
     
    EPISODE CREDITS:
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.
     
    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.
     
    Find out more at EmeraldCity

    • 45 min
    Fundamental Questions (for the modern lawyer)

    Fundamental Questions (for the modern lawyer)

    Lawyers keep asking the same fundamental questions about key aspects of running a small law firm. Newbies and experienced lawyers have a lot of the same questions and concerns, in this episode we talk about them.
    Show Notes
    Email me at ernie@lawfirmautopilot.com with your questions, if you want me to address them. Check out my 2-page outline: Digital Lawyering (how to work smarter by using technology effectively) BTW, I'd love to get your feedback or hear about your questions (which I'll answer in upcoming episodes).
     
    And if you download my free Solo & Small Firm Lawyers’ Guide to Working Smarter I'll follow up and send you a few helpful emails to make it easy for you to take actions that lead to important results in your practice.
     
    Oh, and if you're interested in radical improvement for your law practice, check out my new Working Smarter course.
     
    Thanks to Our Sponsor
    Smith.ai is an amazing virtual receptionist service that specializes in working with solo and small law firms. When you hire Smith.ai you’re actually hiring well-trained, friendly receptionists who can respond to callers in English or Spanish.
     
    If there’s one great outsourcing opportunity for your practice, this is it. Let Smith.ai have your back while you stay focused on your work, knowing that your clients and prospects are being taken care of.
     
    Plans start at $210/month for 30 calls and pricing starts at $140 for 20 chats, with overage at $7 per chat. They offer a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee on all receptionist and live chat plans including add-ons (up to $1000).
     
    And they have a special offer for podcast listeners where you can get an extra $100 discount with promo code ERNIE100. Sign up for a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee now (and learn more) at smith.ai.
     
    EPISODE CREDITS:
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.
     
    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.
     
    Find out more at EmeraldCity

    • 19 min
    Toxic Clients - Part 2

    Toxic Clients - Part 2

    In this episode we'll delve deeper into how to avoid toxic clients, or at least minimize their toxicity as much as possible.
     
    Check out the prior episode for a full discussion of the key indicators of toxicity in people.
     
    Show Notes
    Google "how to spot toxic people" A sample firm policy for accepting clients (i.e. avoiding toxic people) A sample procedure for getting rid of toxic clients A sample engagement agreement that lists reasons you will not continue working with a client. BTW, I'd love to get your feedback or hear about your questions (which I'll answer in upcoming episodes).
     
    And if you download my free Solo & Small Firm Lawyers’ Guide to Working Smarter I'll follow up and send you a few helpful emails to make it easy for you to take actions that lead to important results in your practice.
     
    Oh, and if you're interested in radical improvement for your law practice, check out my new Working Smarter course.
     
    Thanks to Our Sponsor
    Smith.ai is an amazing virtual receptionist service that specializes in working with solo and small law firms. When you hire Smith.ai you’re actually hiring well-trained, friendly receptionists who can respond to callers in English or Spanish.
     
    If there’s one great outsourcing opportunity for your practice, this is it. Let Smith.ai have your back while you stay focused on your work, knowing that your clients and prospects are being taken care of.
     
    Plans start at $210/month for 30 calls and pricing starts at $140 for 20 chats, with overage at $7 per chat. They offer a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee on all receptionist and live chat plans including add-ons (up to $1000).
     
    And they have a special offer for podcast listeners where you can get an extra $100 discount with promo code ERNIE100. Sign up for a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee now (and learn more) at smith.ai.
     
    EPISODE CREDITS:
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.
     
    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.
     
    Find out more at EmeraldCity

    • 28 min
    Getting Rid of Bad Clients

    Getting Rid of Bad Clients

    How much you enjoy your law practice depends on who you allow to become your clients. The key to avoiding bad clients is learning how to spot toxic people. It's also important to have procedures in place to get rid of toxic clients you already have. That's what we'll cover in this episode.
    Show Notes
    Google "how to spot toxic people" A sample firm policy for accepting clients (i.e. avoiding toxic people) A sample procedure for getting rid of toxic clients BTW, I'd love to get your feedback or hear about your questions (which I'll answer in upcoming episodes).
     
    And if you download my free Solo & Small Firm Lawyers’ Guide to Working Smarter I'll follow up and send you a few helpful emails to make it easy for you to take actions that lead to important results in your practice.
     
    Oh, and if you're interested in radical improvement for your law practice, check out my new Working Smarter course.
     
    Thanks to Our Sponsor
    Smith.ai is an amazing virtual receptionist service that specializes in working with solo and small law firms. When you hire Smith.ai you’re actually hiring well-trained, friendly receptionists who can respond to callers in English or Spanish.
     
    If there’s one great outsourcing opportunity for your practice, this is it. Let Smith.ai have your back while you stay focused on your work, knowing that your clients and prospects are being taken care of.
     
    Plans start at $210/month for 30 calls and pricing starts at $140 for 20 chats, with overage at $7 per chat. They offer a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee on all receptionist and live chat plans including add-ons (up to $1000).
     
    And they have a special offer for podcast listeners where you can get an extra $100 discount with promo code ERNIE100. Sign up for a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee now (and learn more) at smith.ai.
     
    EPISODE CREDITS:
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.
     
    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.
     
    Find out more at EmeraldCity

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

dwightro ,

Gets to the Point

Ernie's approach is to explain various approaches to an issue - software, hardware, marketing, for example - and then tell you what he has done or would do. He is the uncommon attorney who actually says "do this." I appreciate his candor, easy going manner and succintness.

I have been following ERNIE for many years. I usually listen to his podcast on another platform; however the most recent one on kaizen was so superior I wanted to give it a five star review for the world to see.

Thank you ERNIE and keep on keeping on.

Chris_Esq ,

Every episode is helpful

Ernie’s podcast provides a great mix of his own personal insight and perspective from his guests. Everyone on this podcast is either an attorney in the trenches or someone helping attorneys in the trenches.

The podcast also has an amazing blend of information and entertainment. And every single episode is helpful in some way.

I highly recommend this podcast to any solo or small firm attorney. But don’t just listen to the podcast. Take the info Ernie shares and apply it to your business/practice! What Ernie talks about will help make your practice run smoother and easier!

Dina Cataldo ,

Every new solo attorney needs to listen

There is an incredible variety of topics that Ernie touches on that every solo or small practice attorney needs to know. A firm can be run more simply and effectively than most do, and he gives you the tech know-how to make your life easier.

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