DETalk—Matthew Burgess-eLawyer

In the third DETalks, Matthem Burgess shares with us his journey that led him to found eLawyer.

The convergence of value pricing with true technology innovation has forced many to revisit the ‘traditional’ delivery of legal services.

In the estate planning space, many components of the process that have historically been fiercely guarded by lawyers can in reality be provided far more effectively by other advisers, particularly accountants, financial planners and risk advisers.

eLawyer is an innovative web based law firm developed by one of the largest Australian independent law firms and the only large law firm to have a dedicated and continuous estate planning focus for over 50 years.

In this DET, managing director Matthew Burgess provides a snapshot of the framework explaining why elawyer was developed.

DETalk–Tom Hood-Finding Your Edge

In this the second of about two dozen DETalks, Tom Hood, executive director of the Maryland Association of CPAs, talks about finding your edge in the “new normal.”

He lays out the idea that we are experiencing not just a great recession, but the “death of the industrial age.” He posits that we are in the midst of some major fundamental shifts. The biggest shift is going from command and control to connect and collaborate or from push to pull.

Tom suggests that the best path forward is to work to re-engage people in your organization’s purpose, your Why and develop a positive, winning culture that helps people and the organization to flourish.

Tom has been the executive director and CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs since January 1997. Armed with a passion for the profession and the drive to move it forward, Hood manages a staff of more than 30, works closely with the executive committee and Board of Directors and oversees the work of numerous committees to promote and protect the CPA brand in Maryland.

Introducing The DETalks–Dan Morris

In January 2011, the VeraSage Institute held its second symposium of cofounders, senior fellows, practicing fellows and some close friends.

imageThe centerpiece of the gathering were the six-minute talks to be delivered by each of the participants. As you will see in the below video, these talks were quickly dubbed the DETalks. In addition to being an anagram of the famous TEDtalks, DET began as a pun on debt. However, Senior Fellow Tim Williams quickly created an acronym, Disruptive, Evocative and Transformative.

Over the next 20-odd weeks we will be posting one of these talks we hope you will find that they live up to that acronym.

First up, VeraSage Institute cofounder Dan Morris presents his talk 6542 in which he gives the DETalks their name. He provides us with some humorous insights as to what working in the VeraSage Institute is like as well as some poignant metaphors as to why our group does the work that it does.

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