I am writing after returning from a two-week vacation, which may have been my most extended work-free break in over fifteen years. Going that long without meaningful rest was not good for me and, frankly, for my clients. Honoring the need for rest and relaxation is now my new normal. With appreciation for the gentle … Continue reading Getaway Takeaways
I scheduled this post to be published in the middle of a long-awaited and well-deserved vacation. My out-of-office reply indicates that I will not be responding to emails until I return to the office. And I mean it. This is a firm boundary and, frankly, one that should not be out of the norm. While … Continue reading Hitting the Pause Button
A couple of years ago, I spoke with a family therapist working with a mutual client. With our client’s permission, the two of us spoke about ways to support our client through a difficult family crisis. I enjoy collaborating with other professionals with complementary skills so that we can put together an effective team to … Continue reading Take my advice, please!
I am participating in a business mastermind I’ve written about here before. One of several things we do between our coaching sessions and workshops is answer the Question of the Week that our leader poses to the group. This week’s question was, “What is unique about you, and how are you infusing that into your … Continue reading Making Peace with Conflict
Exiting the Salt Lake City International Airport, you are greeted with a welcome sign bearing our state’s slogan, “Life Elevated.” Seeing this sign after returning from the Mountain States Chapter meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) last weekend helped me focus on my main takeaway: elevating the practice of family law. The … Continue reading Family Law Elevated
I had a great professor in law school that was one of those rare creatures who was a brilliant academic mind but also a gifted teacher. Knowing she had an auditorium filled with young law students who were desperately seeking black and white answers, whenever a topic came up where the answer was not clearcut … Continue reading Estate Planning: No Hidden Costs and No Hiding My Fees
The weekly newsletter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) contains a professionalism tip and here is this week’s offering: Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates:"Is it true?" "Is it necessary?" "Is it kind?" This tip could well be the mantra of my practice style. I … Continue reading A Few Words on the Practice of Family Law
I shared my article on LinkedIn a while back. It's worth repeating. A growing trend in family law is to represent oneself. Recent statistics in Utah reveal that the vast majority of domestic relations cases filed are those where one or both parties are not represented by counsel (“pro se” is the legalese we use … Continue reading My advice: get advice and do things right the first time.