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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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Mental Health Days

When was the last time you took a mental health day? A day to completely disconnect from work, house chores, and any stressful activities. If you’re like many of my lawyer colleagues, the answer is “never”. It’s time that you rethink the time you take off of work.  Most of our jobs have some form …

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Grounding in Gratitude

I think it’s time we talk openly and honestly about how hard it is to work in a scary and uncertain world right now. It was a pandemic, increased hate crimes, and then a tumultuous election and now it’s inflation, a housing market crisis, supply-chain issues, increased gas prices, infringement on women’s rights, and increased …

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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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An Anxious Life

Anxiety sucks. I can’t remember when I started to feel anxious. I don’t really remember dealing with it until after law school. After I graduated, I had big goals and I thought that I could only accomplish them by perfecting the craft. I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform. My best was …

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