How I Practice-Lauren Sharkey

Lauren Sharkey
Lauren Sharkey, Esq.
Cioffi Slezak Wildgrube
Schenectady, NY

1. What are your areas of practice?

 Estate planning, trust and estate administration, elder law, real estate transactions, business formation and transactions, and guardianships.

2. Describe a typical day for you?
Typically, I check my calendar, emails, and review/update my “to-do” list for the day to prioritize what needs to get done first. I usually have one or two meetings scheduled, either with clients or internal meetings. Once a week, the attorneys in my firm meet to review our calendars and important deadlines, which keeps us on task and able to provide coverage. We also have department meetings to review files and legal updates or share practice points.  Lately, I’ve also been going home for lunch to spend time with my one-year old daughter!    

3. Where do you practice? Do you have a stand-alone office or home office?
 I practice at a law office in Schenectady.  

4. What are your must-have tech tools/apps?
 I use Outlook and PracticeMaster to manage my calendar and task lists. I also utilize Lexis Advance and HotDocs on a regular basis for legal research and forms. 

5. How do you market your practice? How do you find new clients?
My firm advertises in various publications and sponsors community events. On a personal level, I market my practice and get new clients through participation in community boards, NYSBA leadership, and client referrals.  

6. When and where do you interact with other attorneys?  
Through NYSBA, Schenectady County Bar Association, and at the office (I work with 8 other attorneys).  

7. How do you stay informed with legal news/developments?  
NYSBA Communities, Elder Law and Special Needs Law Executive Committee Meetings, ABA YLD newsletter, NPR, and NYTimes.com.