1. What are your areas of practice?
Elder Law & Estate Planning. 2. Describe a typical day for you?
Well, I work part time, so my morning consists of getting my 3 kids (ages 2, 4 and 6) ready for the day & dropping them off at school or daycare. Once I arrive at the office I begin my day by returning emails and phone calls and setting out my “to do list” for that day. It helps me feel less overwhelmed and allows me to prioritize my tasks. My day in the office typically ends early, again because of the kids, and after I get them fed, bathed & off to bed, I spend another hour or so doing work from my home office. The office staff are excellent about emailing me with any phone messages so that I can return calls promptly from my home office whenever need be. 3. Where do you practice? Do you have a stand-alone office or home office?
I split my time between my office in Melville and my home office. 4. What is the most rewarding thing about having your own practice?
I love the flexibility in my schedule, which allows me to be more involved in my children’s lives. 5. What are some of the challenges about having your own practice?
Finding enough time in the day for everything that needs to be done. My practice is fairly new, about a year old, so finding a way to maintain a steady flow of business is something I’m still trying to figure out. I have mostly fluctuated between times of feast or famine. 6. What are your must-have tech tools/apps?
I am not very tech savvy. I haven’t even finished setting up the website for my practice. There are certain programs I like to use that are specific to my area of practice, but other than that I don’t think I use anything that’s too cutting edge. The most high-tech work item is my laptop and the docking stations that I have at home and at the office. I can plug my laptop into the docking station and have my dual monitors wherever I am working. We also use a case management system that is cloud-based, which allows me more flexibility as far as working outside of the office. I never have to worry about being connected to the office server to get my work done. 7. How do you market your practice? How do you find new clients?
I do not spend a great deal of time marketing my practice. Again, because I work part time and because my practice is so new, I have not put forth a great effort in the marketing department. My goal was to grow my practice slowly so that I am not away from my children too much. Thankfully, my clients all come from referrals from former clients or other professionals. 8. When and where do you interact with other attorneys?
Well it’s easy when you’re married to one! But seriously, I am involved in the mentoring program through the Elder Law Section of the NYSBA, which allows me to have quality one-on-one time with another attorney in the field in a mentorship capacity. It’s been a very rewarding program for me. I have met quite a few attorneys through the New York State Bar Association that I keep in touch with. 9. How do you stay informed with legal news/developments?
• The New York State Bar Elder Law Section is very good at keeping its members up to speed on any new legal developments.
• I read a lot! My smartphone is great because I can read up on things while I’m in bed at night or first thing in the morning. 10. If a fellow attorney decided they wanted to start their own practice, what is the one thing they should know?
Hard to pick just one, but I would want a fellow attorney to understand the demand placed on you as the owner. It’s like having another child that requires a lot of attention, care and nurturing so it can grow and flourish.