Starting a Law Firm with Janelle Hansen

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In this episode, Alay and Janelle discuss: 

  • How Janelle started her law firm during a pandemic. 
  • Why Janelle left another law firm to start her own practice. 
  • The flexibility of owning your own firm. 
  • Organizing your time when running a solo practice. 


Key Takeaways: 

  • Sometimes being in a law firm is not the right fit for you. Stepping away while the relationship is still good may be the best thing to do. 
  • Be willing to talk about what you do. You never know when your direct or loose circles will need your services. 
  • The type of firm you start will be a big factor in the degree of complexity of owning your own firm.
  • When you’re growing your firm, start with the 20-10-5 Rule and adjust as needed while keeping all three areas in focus. 


Tweetable Moments:

  • “There’s a lot of power in your story of leaving a law firm to start your own law practice.” —  Alay Yajnik
  • “I had always wanted to own my own firm, but I doubted myself. Now that I’m doing it, I’d never go back.” —  Janelle Hansen
  • “Be creative and keep costs low as you are jumping in.” —  Janelle Hansen
  • “Time is your most precious asset.” —  Alay Yajnik



About Janelle Hansen:

Janelle Hansen has dedicated her law practice exclusively to the area of trust and estates law. After working for a small probate and trust litigation firm and a large estate planning firm specializing in tax planning for high asset and net worth individuals, Janelle started her solo firm to create a personalized experience for her clients, tailored to their needs and family values. She works closely with her clients to prepare their trust, will, financial power of attorney, health care directive and other transfer documents, to facilitate the administration of their estates, when necessary.



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