It is a very common issue for lawyers across the country - the struggle with stress and work-life balance. Part of the stress comes from the nature of legal work. Client needs can make it difficult for attorneys to live a balanced life. Another factor is the firm’s culture. Law firm leaders have significant influence on the stressful imbalance in lawyers’ lives, especially when they ignore the signs.
Today, we fast forward and move on to shutting it down. Is it time for retirement? There are specific guidelines an attorney must follow in order to shutter their law firm. A quick search on your state bar’s website can help guide you in the right direction. However, it is a good idea to consider the options long before you retire.
There are many reasons why you joined Biglaw after graduating from law school. Among them perhaps was the opportunity to work among the best and work on cases that will bring valuable legal experience. But as you progress in your legal career, your needs and desires may change due to other parts of your life, including family and well, life. This is particularly true if you are seeking a healthier life and work balance. Is it time to fly solo?
The number of women becoming lawyers continues to increase every year. According to the US Census Bureau, from 1960 through 2016, the number of female attorneys increased from way under 100,000 to over 400,000 per year. Why is lawyering so popular with women? There are many reasons why the legal field attracts women for starters, the work is highly rewarding.
The internet and technology have disrupted every aspect of human interaction. From online dating to online banking, e-commerce, and working remotely from home or anywhere in the world, we are living through an incredible revolution. Before the internet, companies knew almost nothing about their consumers. Privacy existed. It was understood and respected. Today, many internet users blindly trust websites and platforms with almost every aspect of their lives, their personality, and their private data. The vast majority of all sensitive data has been provided voluntarily by the user, no questions asked. This is the very reason why the entire concept of online privacy and protection is extremely important and extremely complex.
As a woman attorney climbing the legal ladder, there are challenges that men will never have to face. Making it and life is hard enough without you adding more stressors to your life. There are many things you can do to face and overcome the challenges of life. We take a look at everyday ways women can advocate for themselves, advance their legal careers while maintaining a [seemingly] healthy work/life balance.
s a mom and an attorney, you often have to toe the line between your career and motherhood on a daily basis. As a mom, you deal with double guilt: worry that you are not spending enough time with your child(ren) and the worry that time away from work is being scrutinized and judged by fellow associates, particularly senior partners.
Lawyers are some of the most stressed professionals nowadays. Even lawyers who appear in movies and TV shows are stressed up in all the paperwork, split-second decisions, and never-ending schedules. While these people are playing the roles of real lawyers, and get to go home after shooting a scene, real-life legal professionals deal with these situations on a daily basis.
Law firm solvency depends greatly on client retention. Based either on fixed monthly fees or on billable hours, steady income is key for keeping the firm afloat and expansion of the practice. It is not to say or imply, however, that attorneys want their clients to be in legal trouble or in urgent need of legal advice all the time, but in the end, a law firm is still a business and the business needs to survive. As the big four enters the legal sector, boutique firms enter the competition, and B2B marketing grows increasingly noisy, retaining new clients is always a challenge for legal firms.
The legal profession is immersed in just about every activity, product, service or human interaction nowadays. In the event that a set of legal provisions are not created for a certain type of business, they will be drafted based on custom or similar activities. There are a million different situations where the help of an expert can win the case. The outcomes of a settlement can change dramatically, when certified professionals coincide with your statements as a lawyer, given that, both science and law are on the same side.