There are 2 weeks left in the year and here are a couple of end of year reminders:
1) Genuinely reflect on the successes that you have had up to this point, because life is hard and wins do not come easy. Thus, humbly congratulate yourself and strategically plan to double down on these blessings.
2) Do not ignore the setbacks. Learn from them, prepare longer, and understand that they presented themselves in your life for a reason, and you being able to withstand them is evidenced by you still breathing and reading this.
3) Get your medical, vision and/or dental checkup. Many companies’ benefits do NOT roll over to the next year and you would be wasting money by foregoing these checkups. Hence, the visits are already paid for.
4) Contribute to your HSA. Generally, there is a yearly cap and you want to contribute the max before the deadline. This money never leaves you (even when you leave the company), has major taxation benefits, and can be leveraged to accomplish numerous things (don’t feel like going into it, just contribute before the end of the year).
5) Talk to someone about a goal that you have. Pick their brain, listen to their feedback, get out of your comfort zone and prepare to execute in 2019.
6) Understand that people (mentors, family members, friends, haters, associates, co-workers) may disappointment you, but they cannot stop you!
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Like many others growing up, as a kid, being an attorney was my ultimate professional goal. This was mainly due to surface gratification, things like the proclamations from adults of "when you grow up you can be a doctor or lawyer," being able to wear designer suits, compensation, and watching law and order. The goal of being an attorney, founded on these paper-thin premises, existed until my senior year of undergraduate school where I saw the economy absolutely crash. The booming economy from the last couple of years has allowed people to turn a blind eye to ‘07-‘09, where the US was routinely losing 700k jobs a month and people's financial existence was being wiped out. I still remember seeing the distraught faces being interviewed on the news as they were trying to cope with the fact that everything that they had put away for retirement (401k's, pensions, life savings) was gone. At that point, I found my professional purpose. I could not personally stop a down economy, but I could do my part to help others understand the importance of maximizing their employee benefits to help build wealth and mitigate down economies. At this point and with my purpose stronger than ever, I have graduated from a top law school and business school, obtained law licenses in Texas, Minnesota, North Dakota and the District of Columbia, and went to work at a Fortune 20 company with a focus on collective bargained labor agreements, ERISA compliance, and drafting employee benefit plan documents (medical, dental, HSA, savings) impacting 1.1 million participants. It is beyond fulfilling to incorporate these participant's ideas and desires in my designs and drafts, and having them know their voices matter. Whether I am drafting a governmental required document that a participant will see at annual enrollment or going on the road to verbally explain the benefits directly to the consumer, striving towards excellent benefit packages for employees and their families and keeping them mentally engaged on their future feeds my purpose. To this end, I also teach Employee Benefits and ERISA Litigation at a prestigious law school, impacting one potential voice at a time.
Jared Miller, Esq.
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This is the Greek goddess of Justice, Themis. I picked this alabaster figurine of Themis up during my visit to Greece in 2015 with a few girlfriends, during the height of Greece’s economic woes. I wanted to put her on my desk as a daily reminder to always pursue justice first and foremost in all my work as an attorney.
I have always loved the symbolism behind Themis. First, I love how she is described as the Lady of Good Counsel. As a female attorney, I admire Lady Justice, who is portrayed as an intelligent, pragmatic, and fair woman. She is an ideal I can strive to live up to.
Themis also symbolizes that justice is instituted by the divine, rather than any human law. Themis literally means that which is “put into place” by the “divine law.” This serves as a reminder of the general failure of humanity and any of man’s laws to fully render true justice, and that justice can only be accomplished through guidance by the divine.
The scales represent the weighing of evidence. The Greeks adopted the personification of Justice balancing scales from the ancient Egyptians, which appeared as early as 2375 BC. The scales measure supporting and negating evidence, which may change over time. Finally, the weights lack a foundation to symbolize the fact that evidence should stand as its own.
Although the blindfolds are a more recent addition to Lady Justice, added in the 16th century, I’ve always appreciated its symbolism. The blindfolds represent the idea that justice should always be impartial, and applied without regard to wealth power, or status.
Finally, the sword represents that justice cuts fact from fiction, and the fact that justice can be swift and final.
My hope and prayer as an attorney is to always pursue justice first for my clients, as we work together to resolve their issues under mankind’s laws.
10 Marketing Ideas for Lawyers That Will Make Them Stand Out in the Crowd
It’s a question both independent and large law firms face: should I be advertising on social media? The next question is, does Facebook marketing work for lawyers? It does work, but you need to know how to do it right.
Below are a few ideas to make your law firm stand out in the crowd.
1. First up, create posts that are category-specific, not law specific.
2. If You Have A Blog, Add An RSS Feed
3. Write Directly To Your Clients
4. Include Quality Photos With Your Posts
5. Invest In Facebook Paid Advertising
6. Target Your Paid Ads
7. Test More Than One Ad
8. Retarget Your Ads
9. Create A Lookalike Campaign
10. Create A Landing Page For Your Niche Services
Facebook marketing is most successful for firms who serve everyday individuals, but with creativity, Facebook marketing can be used for any type of lawyers and law firms. If not for your firm, use it to market yourself—and in turn your firm.
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TAX REFUNDS ARE BAD!!!!! Getting a big tax refund at the end of the year is not a good thing, it is actually a bad thing.
A big refund typically means that your withholdings from your paychecks are too high. The government is taking too much money from your paychecks.
The government takes more money than necessary, uses your money, then when its time for you to file a tax return, you get a refund of what you overpaid the government.
This is essentially an interest free loan that you gave the government.
If you get big refunds, you’ll want to adjust your withholdings so that less money is taken out of your paychecks.
Your paychecks will be bigger every pay period and your refund will be less.
Get your money now, rather than giving it to the government and waiting for your refund!
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