Maresa Martin Talbert is an attorney and law firm owner with a story you won’t want to miss. She served as an officer in the Navy, used the GI bill to pay for law school, opened her own successful law practice, and plans to retire early!
In this episode, Darren speaks with Maresa Talbert, founding attorney at Talbert Law Office, APC, and navy operator, to discuss her journey and the lessons she learned along the way.
Darren and Maresa discuss:
What inspired her to want to become an attorney from a young age
Leadership lessons she learned from serving in the Navy and how those translate to her work as an attorney
What inspired her to launch her own practice, and what advice she has for other law firm owners.
Maresa Talbert owns and operates Talbert Law Office, APC, a virtual law practice that helps entrepreneurs, founders, and creatives start a business or nonprofit, maintain legal compliance, avoid risks, and protect personal and intellectual property assets through business formations, contracts, trademark registrations, and so much more.
Her business is not just a transactional exchange of goods and services. She lives by the mantra, “Purpose over profit.” Her purpose is to (1) honor God; (2) make her family proud; and (3) serve her community.
The way that it reflects in her business is by (1) delivering a premiere client experience; (2) providing culturally relevant education through her legal services; and (3) empowering her community to thrive in their purpose and build a legacy.
There are any number of reasons to determine the value of your firm, especially if you are planning to sell your practice. But how do you do that?
In this episode, Darren Wurz talks with Serena Amlie, CFA, a manager at ComStock Advisors, about the process of performing a valuation for a law firm. She also explains what you can do to improve the value of your business to sell it for top dollar.
Two reasons why law firms get a valuation done
Ways a law firm valuation is different from other businesses
Two different methods she typically uses to evaluate the law firm
Ways to improve the value of your law practice ahead of sale
Serena is a Senior Associate in ComStock Advisors’ Cincinnati office and has performed hundreds of valuations of businesses ranging in size from under $1.0 million in revenues to over $0.5 billion. She assists business owners in determining the value of their company for purposes including succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, employee stock ownership plan implementation and annual updates, estate and gift tax, shareholder disputes, divorce litigation, corporate planning, and appraisal reviews. Highlights of Serena’s valuation industry experience include manufacturing, marketing and branding, architecture and engineering, food and beverage, and construction. Serena is a Chartered Financial Analyst ® and a member of the ESOP Association, the American Society of Appraisers, and the Covington Business Council. She teaches a monthly financial literacy course to high school students at Covington Classical Academy. Serena earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Xavier University.
As a business owner, growing your law firm is one of your priorities. However, what happens when you’re ready to retire or sell your business, do you have a succession plan?
In this episode, Darren Wurz talks with Thomas Cuni from Cuni, Ferguson & LeVay Co., L.P.A. He discusses the importance of having a succession plan and why money isn’t everything when it comes to lawyers deciding when the right time to retire is.
The importance of having a succession plan in place
Why most firms might not survive after their founder leaves the business
How retirement planning and succession planning go hand in hand
Thomas L. Cuni earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. He was one of the founding partners of Cuni, Ferguson & Levay Co., LPA, where he currently serves as of counsel. His primary focus throughout most of his career has been the representation of small businesses, especially the formation of companies and purchase and sale of businesses. He has organized several hundred business entities and represented clients in the purchase and sale of more than 200 significant commercial real estate holdings. These skills and experiences led to his current work—helping law firm owners develop succession plans and successfully sell their practices.
Attorneys and law firm owners are already busy as it is. Now, throw in gift shopping, holiday parties, and time away from work and this time of year can really be very stressful. How do you manage stress and stay healthy during the holidays?
In this episode, Darren Wurz talks with Jerry Scarlato, owner of Thriveology, and fitness coach. He will offer tips for staying healthy during the holidays and explain how shifting your perspective on what a healthy lifestyle looks like can help you live a happy life.
How shifting your mindset around exercise can increase your productivity
Some tips on how to stay active on your laziest days
How to stay on track with your lifestyle when going to holiday parties
Jerry Scarlato is an Entrepreneur, Fitness Coach, Performance Advisor, author, speaker, foodie and book lover. His passion is helping people become the best version of themselves through fitness and lifestyle development. As a coach and advisor, he has spent the last 10+ years honing my skills on what it takes to create lasting change in my clients. Because if you’re not able to make fitness or nutrition stick, the rest of it doesn’t matter. As an entrepreneur, Jerry has been a part of a wonderful team that has grown Thriveology at a rate of 20% a year since its inception in 2014. Time flies when you’re having fun! As an author, speaker and corporate presenter, he has educated people on the importance of developing sustainable habits to fit their life. Jerry has also advised groups and individuals on a corporate level to help maximize their performance and become as productive as possible via better health and vitality.
How often have you seen the market dip and immediately want to pull out your investments to avoid further losses? That would be one of your biggest mistakes.
In this episode, Darren Wurz shares the top five investment mistakes made when faced with market volatility and how he helps clients protect themselves from increasing losses. He reveals the dangers of impulse decision making, how those decisions create missed opportunities and the long-term consistency of investment markets that should be driving decisions.
Why investors should avoid major changes to investment strategies
The psychology behind client decisions when faced with market volatility
The importance of patience when working with the market
How risk can increase or decrease losses and gains within the market
Starting an individual practice in law is not an easy step. But will you let that stop you from starting your own business?
In this episode, Darren Wurz talks with Russell Kohn, a personal injury attorney and owner of Kohn Law Office. Russell shares some insights on how he started his practice, turned it into something profitable and built a successful career.
What encouraged him to initially practice law
What inspired him to go out on his own
His biggest fears when he was transitioning into a solo practice
As the founder of the Kohn Law Office, Attorney Kohn has limited his practice to representing injured victims in car accidents, wrongful death, and premises liability matters since 1987. Mr. Kohn is a lawyer for people, and does not represent businesses, corporations or insurance companies.
He enjoys the personal and professional satisfactions that come from helping injured people obtain full and fair compensation. He is a lawyer who empathizes with his clients, and takes the time to understand the unique effects of the injuries to the specific lifestyle of each client.
As an attorney for people, Mr. Kohn is attentive and responsive to his clients. Each client’s case is personally handled by him, rather than by paralegals or office staff. He believes that a successful resolution of a case is only achieved if the client is satisfied with the result. He also believes that a satisfied client is one who is fully informed about the applicable law, facts, and available options. For this reason, Mr. Kohn is always accessible to his clients by phone and office visits. He is trustworthy, experienced, and aggressive.
Taxes are a major concern for many successful attorneys and law firm owners.
In this episode, Darren Wurz talks with Mike Jesowshek, CPA, and host of the Small Business Tax Savings Podcast. He discusses how he can help you with tax planning, and also walks you through the journey to tax minimization.
How he helps business owners and attorneys with taxes
After-tax versus pre-tax dollars
What is unique about tax planning for attorneys
Five main steps in the journey to tax minimization
Mike is the Founder and Host of the Small Business Tax Savings Podcast. He has spent his entire career as an entrepreneur. Mike was CFO and co-founded several companies. Throughout that journey, he has experienced all business stages, from the good to the bad.
Mike’s mission is to help hard-working business owners overcome complex IRS rules and over-inflated tax bills so they can enjoy the fruits of their labor. This is how the Small Business TaxSavings Podcast was born.
Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Master’s degree in Accounting. He is a licensed CPA.
When Mike is not in the office you can find him spending time with family and friends. He is also an avid sports fan and you can often find him rooting for his Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Minnesota Vikings.
You’ve done it. You’re starting your own law firm. But wait, have you put in enough effort now to make a huge difference moving forward?
In this episode, Darren Wurz will give you critical suggestions on starting your own practice and building it from the ground up and how a little effort now in the beginning can lead to a big pay off later. You will also learn some important strategies for personal and business success.
How to start a practice with the end in mind
Why the name of your practice matters
How to manage the ups and downs of running a business
The easy mistake of mixing your business and personal finances
Inflation is simply the phenomenon of prices going up everywhere. But the reality is we don’t need to just keep up with the pace of inflation, we need to outpace inflation.
In this episode of The Lawyer Millionaire, Darren Wurz talks with Travis Wurz, a financial goal planner and consultant at Wurz Financial. They discuss how you might be impacted by inflation in your daily life and why it’s important to have some sort of risk managed strategy in place.
What inflation is and what causes it
Some of the biggest concerns on people’s minds with inflation on the rise
The two tools the government can use to deal with inflation
Travis Wurz specializes in serving business owners, realtors, and self-employed individuals. He primarily works out of the Toledo office. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Services. He has both his Series 7 and Series 66 licenses.
In his work with real estate professionals, he has found that his clients are interested in building up passive income. He helps his clients create a diversified income stream, build long term wealth, and plan for retirement.
Travis is passionate about continuing the family legacy of providing sound and intelligent planning services to our new and existing clients. He is active in his local community as a member of the Maumee Chamber of Commerce, The Chamber Partnership, and the Women’s Council of Realtors.