“Meet the law graduate who used SUGAR DADDIES she met online to finance her entire $50,000-a-year education.” This is the headline that made all the rounds last week. It’s provocative and created a lot of conversation. We posted the article on our Facebook page (- join us!) but reserved opinion because we wanted to see what our friends would say. Now it’s our turn.
You’re in business. You’re doing pretty well. But the restlessness sets in because your practice has become somewhat routine and is flowing smoothly. Yet there is an itch to do more, something, anything different. The dilemma is this itch is aching to be scratched. You’re practice doesn’t feel like it’s enough. What do you do?
Every time a client makes the decision to retain a lawyer, they weigh the fee against the value of your services. If your fee is too high relative to the (perceived) value they will receive, they are not going to retain you. Therefore, if you don’t have a compelling value proposition, you must reduce your fee in order to get the client to retain you. And no lawyer really wants to do that, right? Because then you are competing based upon fees (cost proposition) and that is a losing game. So, what do you do?
Society as a whole encourages suppression of feelings. The legal profession, as a micro-culture, further encourages lawyers to suppress their feelings. What happens when feelings are suppressed to such a degree? This is a very powerful 32 minutes. We discuss lawyers and how they deal with (and don’t deal with) feelings in the practice of law. […]
Melody A. Kramer is a veteran trial lawyer and activist for positive change in the legal profession (making lawyers useful again). She has handled business litigation in state and federal courts in California and other jurisdictions for over 20 years, as well as negotiating and drafting business contracts collectively worth over $20M. She will be teaching a course on “Writing Killer Contracts (for yourself and for your clients).”
Life is crazy and hectic for the solo practitioner and I’ve talked to many who feel they simply can’t leave their solo practice for any length of time because they wouldn’t really be able to relax or the business would fall apart without them. But if you must know the truth, not taking time away from work, meaningful, restorative time, is actually hurting your practice and your health in insidious ways. And this is supported through studies linked to below. Without taking a respite, our work becomes ineffective.