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Just Say “No”

There is an epidemic spreading among my lawyer colleagues and clients. One that has reached all areas of practice and even in-house counsel. It’s consistently saying “yes” to all speaking engagements, writing engagements, local bar appointments, and new client matters. It’s never doing an honest assessment of whether you are at capacity or on the …

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Co-Existing Emotions

As I continue to grow my business, I feel conflicting emotions. The most obvious is fear. Fear of failure. Fear of judgment. Fear of the unknown. Negative emotions have a tendency to stand louder than the positive ones. They’re based in history, society’s views, and the pressures imposed by our parents and family members. Fear …

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The Emotional Toll of Probate and Trust Litigation

Probate, trust, and guardianship matters rival divorce as the most emotionally draining cases in the legal system. A family member is declining or has recently passed and the client comes to you as an attorney for guidance. The introductory phone call involves tears, anger, frustration, or overwhelming grief.  Lawyers absorb a lot of the stress …

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Awkward Acknowledgement

A few weeks ago, I finished a coaching class on acknowledgement. The theme of the class was that we need to be aware of our client’s strengths and acknowledge when they utilize them to show up in a certain way in their personal or professional lives. The interesting development in the class, though, was how …

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