Unbreaking the Broken Family Industry
If we did away with the toxicity of Family Law disputes, what would happen to our industry?
This is what I wanted to share with you in today’s podcast.
When clients go through a divorce or a separation, they're in a dysfunctional situation and already stressed out. Most of the time they want a lawyer who can get their matter resolved stat. If we are literally stirring the pot and conduct ourselves with the thought that we are paid to fight, that's not helpful at all, is it? This demonstrates something that's very broken about our industry.
What if we were actually to change the whole question of the family law industry? What if we were just guiding people, from the time of their separation to having their family matter resolved in an efficient, appropriate way.
Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about how we can transition the discussion around Family Law, so that we keep people out of court, out of the toxic...
Minding Your Own Business
When I first started with my firm, I thought I was well on my way. What I didn't realize was that there was more to looking after my own business than practicing law.
In this episode, I want to share with you my thoughts about minding your own business.
Whether we’re running our own firms, or working for a law firm, we have to understand what a business entails. It is in our business to ensure that things are working efficiently and effectively, so we’re not out there putting out one fire after another.
Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about how we can restructure our practices so that we are better at showing up and minding our businesses.
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From Whoa to Wonder
It was as if I was on the edge of a pool and my nose would go underwater and there was a foot on top of me always pushing my head down.
That’s how everything felt back then. For years, I thought working hard would be the very solution to my failing personal life, marriage, financial situation and health.
In today’s episode let me tell you about my origin story - a gruesome one, filled with so much frustration and devastation.
And how, as I dove deep into my reason for being a divorce lawyer, took on the entire process which helped me turn everything around.
Listen to the entire episode to dive into this tale. I hope this fills you with so much hope and encouragement so you feel empowered to take that step in having the best life and law practice.
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You Are Being Watched
As lawyers, we are essentially “on stage” and we are constantly being watched.
This is the very concept I want to share with you in today’s episode.
Let’s consider the way we are conducting ourselves at the courthouse, at mediations, at four-way meetings, at arbitrations, and even down to the letters and emails we write.
Are we demonstrating a very appropriate way of resolving your clients' matters and coming across as solid advocates? Or are we showing up disorganized and testy?
Clearly, we are always modeling behavior. So how are we going to show up as members of this profession?
I invite you to listen to the entire episode and learn more about how to reflect on our behaviors; and how that can help us change and do much better work for clients in a way that helps families now.
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Are You The Bottle Neck That Is Choking Your Success?
In this episode, I will share with you a big discovery I had over the last few weeks.
Imagine a big bottle. At the very top of it is this little tiny neck and through that neck is all of your decision-making power, all of your time, all of your energy…
If you're the person doing all that stuff, you are certainly the bottleneck of your business!
I realized, being the bottleneck of my business did not make me a great lawyer. This made me tired, testy and unhappy. To top it all off, this did not allow me to focus on what is important.
Listen to the full episode and find out more about how you can transform the way you handle your business so you do not become the bottleneck.
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The Divorce Law Industry Is Broken. Are You Part Of The Solution Or Part Of The Problem?
In this episode, I share with you how broken the divorce industry is.
The question that I’d like you to think about is this: Are helping it change for the better, or are you actually contributing to the brokenness of this industry?
I've previously shared with you that we've lost a couple of clients in the last year or so because of the combative situation they are facing.
As lawyers, we have a huge responsibility to ensure that we are mindful of when we are being combative. And to remember our real role as Family Law Lawyers to take this industry that is broken and change it for the better.
Listen to the full episode and find out more about what we can do to help transform this absolutely broken industry.
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Combating Loneliness in the Practice of Law
In today’s episode, I had a wonderful conversation with Katie Lipp. She is a law firm owner focusing on employment separation counseling for companies and employees in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Katie also leads Law Practice Queen, where she advocates for female attorneys and law students to level up in their legal careers.
We talked about the capacity of women in the legal industry to own their power. And how this is possible when we are part of a community that provides immense support. It really goes a long way when experienced attorneys and law firm owners can help out law students regarding the ins and outs of the legal industry like building a network and acquiring clients.
Listen to the full episode to learn more about the importance of being part of a community and helping fellow lawyers as well as law students thrive in the legal industry.
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Mindfulness-ness Practice Makes You A Better Lawyer
In this episode, I had a meaningful discussion with Claire Parsons. She is a Local Government and School Law Attorney, a Speaker and Best-selling Author and a Certified Meditation Teacher.
We talked about the importance of meditation and how it helps us make sound choices. In our daily lives, our minds are often filled with a myriad of thoughts. And being mindful towards our thoughts and actions go a long way.
Claire also reiterated that when we practice meditation, we form the habit of developing a sense of comfort with the ebbs and flows of our thoughts, and being able to observe them from a distance without passing judgement. From there, it creates a space to sort through what serves us and what would work best for us.
Listen to the full episode so you can learn more about the practice of meditation, how you can make wise choices because of it and how it will help you align with your best life.
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When The Other Parent (And Their Lawyer) Are Assh*les
In today’s episode, I had a remarkable discussion with Christina McGhee, MSW, an internationally recognized divorce parenting expert, speaker and author, who has spent most of her career educating parents and professionals on how to minimize the impact of divorce on children.
She's written a book called PARENTING APART: How separated and divorced parents can raise happy and secure kids. Most recently, she worked on a super powerful documentary called Split which discusses the separation effect on the kid.
In our discussion, she mentioned that in the process of uncoupling, it happens very often that problems in the partnership translates to the other party being identified as having a problem with parenting as well. When in reality, they are separate issues.
She also highlighted the importance of having support and access to information to get through the process of divorce well and more quickly. This enables families to...
In this week’s episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Morse, the founder of Mike Morse Law Firm, the largest personal injury law firm in Michigan. He was recently named a #1 Amazon Best-selling author for his book Fireproof and hosts a weekly podcast, Open Mike, where he shares advice on the law and brings important legal topics to the forefront.
Mike highlighted the importance of working on the things that you love to do, where you're great at, and how delegating plays a key part in this.
This resonated with me so much because I have always shared how essential it is to create a life that is aligned with what fills you with bliss. Carving out more time for ourselves and what we enjoy doing can actually transform our lives and our law practices.
He also shared how important it is to really show up even if it means opening yourself up to ridicule and I couldn’t agree more. Here's the...