Please read this posting thoroughly before applying; it is long to eliminate applicants who are not a good fit for our firm. This position is not for the faint of heart!
Seeking associate attorney in elder law and estate planning firm with main office currently in Coral Springs with satellite office in Delray Beach. Position is full time; however part time will be considered for the right person.
We are an established boutique elder law and estate planning law firm with a staff of eight. We are looking for an associate attorney for a long standing position. Any and all legal experience especially in the areas of Elder Law and Estate planning or taxes is greatly desired; however, all life experiences are important and will be considered.
Principal of the firm desires to pursue and expand new business opportunities; therefore, please, only serious individuals who want to actively practice law and in search of a career opportunity need apply.
Principal is board certified in Elder Law and is AV rated. Principal is very versed in the law and procedures regarding and elder law and estate planning process and has an excellent reputation in the community. We have a terrific and experienced support staff. Training will be available to the extent applicant needs it.
Our clients are often families or spouses in crisis regarding an elderly family member; applicant must have the correct temperament to work with a vulnerable and very stressed population.
Duties include but are not limited to: meeting with clients, preparing estate planning and elder law documents, working with senior attorney and in general participating in all aspects of a small boutique elder law estate planning firm.
Although the candidate will be trained and supervised, Candidate must be able to work independently since principal is not a micro manager but prefers to serve as a coach, mentor and teacher. Applicant must be organized and open to learning new things and appreciate and welcome coaching. Additionally, applicant is expected to add to the financial success of the firm, and will be coached in this as well.
The firm has many procedures, policies and systems which must be followed by all staff in order for 10 people to work together successfully and to maximize firm profits and customer service. These include procedures for meeting with clients, meeting with potential referral sources etc. While creative and independent thinking is encouraged and appreciated, the candidate must be comfortable and willing to follow established systems and not go off “half cocked”.
Compensation is small salary plus production which includes signing on new clients of the firm as well as bringing in new business. Training takes approximately 3 months. Applicant should expect the first 3 months to make only base salary because applicant will probably not be meeting with new clients during training period. Prior associates have earned approximately $60,000 in their first year plus health benefits, although there is no guarantees with regard to future success, which will, in part, depend on candidates willingness to role up his/her sleeves. Opportunity to speak with former associate available.
Applicant should expect networking to be a critical component of the position. Applicant should be prepared to be very involved in two organizations that are agreed upon between the parties as a good place to receive and/or cultivate referrals. Such organizations can be bar organizations, committees, etc. Candidate should also be prepared to visit and meet with allied professionals, write letters, make phone calls, etc all toward growing the practice. Again, applicant will be coached on how to maximize these opportunities.
Applicant should be entrepreneurial, not afraid to charge fees and desirous of learning all aspects of the business.
Please forward your resume and a paragraph on why this job is of interest to you.