Anyone in the legal profession has left the office or awoke in the middle of the night with a sudden sinking feeling that something important has been missed! In my practice, I can tell you the mail, and now often e-mail, evokes a panic wondering what the day's crisis may entail. If deadlines and statutes [...]
Contingency Fee and Client Expectations: The Difficulty in Not Billing For Your Time, By Pamela Michelle, J.D., M.S.
The contingency fee is often a source of great freedom for lawyers and their clients. The courts have held it ethical in that it prevents an unfair barrier to the access to the legal system. Many lawyers embrace it for their practices as under favorable circumstances it often creates a 'windfall' in that the time [...]
It’s Not You It Is Me: A Lawyer’s Journey With Blame and Personal Responsibility By Pamela Michelle, J.D., M.S.
Law and principles of justice imply there are true victims and rightful blame. The civil justice system provides for financial compensation in the case of losses and quantifies much of the damages on the basis of suffering as in the case of personal injury claims. In Florida where I practice law, the state statute that [...]
There is probably no one among us who has not felt some form of depression in their life. It is defined as a mood disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the most widely used criteria for diagnosis of the American Psychiatric Association) which requires depressed mood or anhedonia (inability to experience [...]
Setting Goals Is Not Enough: The Key to Making Changes in Your Law Practice and Life By Pamela Michelle, J.D., M.S.
It is nearly the end of the year and soon there will be the New Year's Resolutions. Even without this tradition, as driven professionals, many of us are quite accustomed to setting regular goals for ourselves. The reality is most of us are resistant to change. This resistance includes the things we want to change and [...]