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The graceful exit: Leaving practice on a high note

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In the last few years of their careers, many lawyers begin to think about the meaning of legacy. What has been my contribution? How will I be remembered? Part of being a professional means having a vision beyond simply working a job and earning money. Most lawyers are guided by personal values, a commitment to… Read More »

Categories: 2017 August Managing Change, Articles, Content Type, Features, Firm Management, LAWPRO Magazine, Legal Careers, Succession Planning, Topics

Don’t let claims follow you into retirement

Lawyers often approach retirement feeling good about their legacy. Whether you devoted your efforts to crafting airtight contracts, supported clients as they worked toward mediated settlements, or stood up for the rights of those who needed you, you’re entitled to feel proud of your accomplishments. Looking back, however, may heighten your awareness of just how… Read More »

Categories: 2017 August Managing Change, Articles, Content Type, Errors & Omissions, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO policy, Legal Careers

Retirement, identity, and mental health: It’s an adjustment

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Lawyers often pay lip service to looking forward to retirement. However, when pressed on the subject, many admit that their true feelings are mixed. Those who equivocate may have good reason: for many professionals, the adjustment to retirement can be psychologically challenging. A 2013 study¹ showed that retirement increased the risk of clinical depression in… Read More »

Categories: 2017 August Managing Change, Articles, Content Type, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Legal Careers, Succession Planning, Topics, Wellness, Wellness

Book review – The Lawyer’s Guide to Succession Planning

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No one likes to think about getting older, and lawyers may tend to put off thinking about the day they have to retire from the profession they love and the firms they have spent a lifetime building. However, the fact is that there is a wave of Boomers hitting retirement age (90 million in North… Read More »

Categories: 2017 August Managing Change, Articles, Book Review, Content Type, Firm Management, Legal Careers, Solo and Small Firm, Succession Planning

The Successful Lawyer: Powerful Strategies for Transforming Your Practice

Gerald A. Riskin, published 2005 (available as 256 page book or 6 audio CDs, 330 mins) Global management consultant and trusted advisor to many of the world’s largest law firms, Gerry Riskin goes beyond simple concept or theory and delivers a book packed with practical advice that you can implement right away. By using the… Read More »

Categories: Book, Firm Management, Legal Careers, Solo and Small Firm

How to Start and Build a Law Practice Platinum 5th Edition

Jay G. Foonberg, published 2004, 704 pages This classic ABA bestseller has been used by tens of thousands of lawyers as the comprehensive guide to planning, launching, and growing a successful practice. It’s packed with over 600 pages of guidance on identifying the right location, finding clients, setting fees, managing your office, maintaining an ethical… Read More »

Categories: Book, Finances, Firm Management, Legal Careers, Marketing, Solo and Small Firm

Women-at-Law: Lessons Learned Along the Pathways to Success

Phyllis Horn Epstein, published 2004, 392 pages Discover how women lawyers in a wide variety of practice settings are meeting the challenges of competing in an often all-consuming profession without sacrificing their desire for a multidimensional life. Women-at-Law provides a wealth of practical guidance and direction from experienced women lawyers who share their life stories… Read More »

Categories: Book, Legal Careers

The Lawyer’s Guide to Healing: Solutions of Addiction and Depression

Don Carroll, J.D., published 2006, 183 pages Stress, power, and high expectations of the legal profession leave lawyers especially vulnerable to addiction. What’s more, personality traits that contribute to a lawyer’s success – among them, grandiosity and a need to control – can impede recovery. As director of the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program, Don… Read More »

Categories: Book, Legal Careers, Wellness

The Lawyer’s Guide to Balancing Life & Work 2nd Edition

George W. Kaufmann, published 2006, 258 pages with CD-ROM This newly updated and revised Second Edition is written specifically to help lawyers achieve professional and personal satisfaction in their career. Writing with warmth and seasoned wisdom, George Kaufman examines how the profession has changed over the last five year, then offers philosophical approaches, practical examples,… Read More »

Categories: Book, Legal Careers, Wellness
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