DuPont Wealth - January 2019

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19 JAN

Well, just before the holiday season kicked off, we were finally able to wrangle everyone in the office for a team photo. It was such a busy year, and I was worried we’d never get around to it. But looking at all nine of us standing together, I’m so glad we took the time to do it. It’s a clear reminder of just how far we’ve come as a firm. Just in 2018 alone, we added five members to the team. Thinking back to my solo practitioner days, I never imagined I’d be managing so many people. I’ve had to learn that I don’t, in fact, have to do everything myself. I owe a lot of that learning experience to Mike, who’s been with us for more years than I can remember now. He has shown me just how much of an impact competent staffing can make, not just for me, but for our clients. Many hands, in theory, make light work — but only if those hands all know when and how to lift. As I decided to take on more and more help, I knew I’d have to be cautious that nothing fell through the cracks. I had to be sure that this growth was ultimately making things easier and more efficient for the people who needed our help, not just ourselves. On the estate planning side of things, we spent a long time coming up with a streamlined system that could remain flexible for our clients. Whether someone is updating a will or drafting a complex trust, we’re geared to jump in at the drop of a hat. GROWING STRONG

of things. There have been some bumps in the road, but we are making progress. There are lots of variables to consider, but our experience has proven that ironing out these systems makes a huge difference in our clients’ experience. We’ve grown so much, thanks in part to this approach. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve added another five more positions by 2020! For now, at the peak of the new year, I can’t help but notice the cyclical nature of running an enterprise. You get more work, so you hire more people ... so you can get more work and hire more people. It’s a rewarding feeling, especially because I get to help more people than I ever could alone. As I’ve mentioned in previous editions, I’ve really had to grow along with my business. There’s so much about business administration and management that they really don’t teach you in law school. But learning them has really boiled down to two things: Don’t sweat the small stuff, and remain flexible. I’m proud to have such an amazing team that shares this philosophy, allowing us to grow in new, exciting directions.


Now we’re beginning to refine the personal injury


process at our practice. I want to take a moment to thank you for bearing with us as we deal with some growing pains on that side

Here’s to a bright new year!

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