National Love Your Lawyer Day

Why not celebrate a day of love?  Today is no exception.  November 04, 2016 is “National Love Your Lawyer Day”.  Seriously.  There is a day that has been designated to shower love on the legal profession, specifically lawyers.  Is this a stupid holiday?  You be the judge. 

However, lawyers need love too.  It should not be limited to one day of the year.  Service is the center of the legal profession. Lawyers serve their clients, and the best of the lawyers understand that service is the core of the profession.  15 years ago this day was created.  The creator of this day must have realized that there are times when lawyers feel unappreciated and undervalued. 

Will this day fill that void?  Of course not, but if you know a lawyer take the time to appreciate them today and every day.  To all the lawyers:  be careful not to violate any rules of ethics while accepting all this “love”.

Finding the Right Attorney to Represent You

Attorneys come in different sizes, shapes, and colors.  As a potential client, it is important to find the right attorney to represent you.  When selecting an attorney for any matter, a potential client must decide several things.  I have come up with a quick list of things a potential client must decide when choosing the right attorney to represent their interest. It should be noted that this list is not all-inclusive. First, a potential client must decide do they “like” their attorney.  This may be an odd thing to state. However, it is important that you like the person that you hire to represent you.  It is difficult to assess a personality in a short consultation, but a person can determine if their attorney is likable.  During your first meeting, determine if you like the way the attorney represents themselves to you.

Second, a potential client must decide the objective in hiring an attorney.  A potential client should know what is the purpose of hiring an attorney to represent your legal needs.  The potential client reaching out to an attorney should have a rough idea of why an attorney is needed.  In some cases, it is very easy to determine your objectives.  For instance, if you are researching a family law attorney because your marriage is “on the rocks”, then more than likely you want a divorce.  It is important that a potential client decides what is their purpose in hiring an attorney.

Finally, a potential client must decide if their attorney is affordable.  When hiring an attorney, it is important to be realistic about your personal finances.  Find an attorney that is affordable.  Please keep in mind that finding someone affordable does not mean foregoing quality. Some mistakes are costlier than others, and hiring the wrong attorney can be expensive and time-consuming.  A potential client cannot afford to hire the wrong person.

“Lawyers are like wine—you can pay a lot of money for a fancy bottle that tastes like vinegar, or you can find a good deal that fits your budget and your palate alike” Karen A. Covy.

Facing a Divorce

Unfortunately, for many marriages divorce is inevitable.  There comes a time when a couple has to decide if staying together is "worth it".  There are many factors that lead to a divorce. Surprisingly, I have recently discovered the state you live in is an indication of the success rate of your marriage.  To view an interesting article that discusses the divorce rates according to States click here.   

Divorce is a word that is associated with mixed emotions.  For some, a divorce triggers deep-seated emotions and pain.  For others, a divorce is a reason to rent a party bus and celebrate with their closest friends--it is an exciting, new chapter in life.  Regardless of how an individual views divorce, it is a process that an individual should not enter into alone.  If you are considering a divorce, then I urge you to find someone you can depend on or find a support system.  

Divorce doesn't indicate failure; divorce may be a step in the right direction.  Honestly, the end of a chapter indicates the beginning of a new chapter.  Wisdom teaches you that "sometimes the right path isn't the easiest one" Grandmother Willow, Pocahontas.