This holiday season, leave whatever is left at the office. It is more important than ever to create time for you and your loved ones. Home life during the holidays is important. One needs to be present; to make memories; to participate.
The importance of home-life balance has been brought to the forefront in recent years, specifically as it applies to the law profession. According to a U.S. study by researcher Patrick Krill, lawyers have a rate of depression three times higher than the general population. Because these findings are directly linked to a profession rather than a nationality, Krill is certain the Canadian results would be the same.
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Changing How Lawyers Work
Our law firm is changing the way lawyers work, and it benefits both the professionals and their clientele. ClearWay Law is a family law practice, with both lawyers and support staff working from their homes. This keeps both the professionals and their clientele at ease. People who need a family lawyer often are upset, even distraught. It is much less intimidating to arrive at a home office than a big trendy office downtown where parking is difficult and expensive.
ClearWay Law CEO Alistair Vigier says, “We are changing the way law firms operate, and it benefits everyone.” The virtual office brings savings that can be passed along to the client. Vigier’s firm offers flat fee services on a variety of levels, giving the client clear choices about how to proceed while staying within their budget. The lawyers explain the options to their clients and make it possible to keep their costs down.
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If a case does need to go to court, the client can opt to represent himself and use the lawyer’s expertise for coaching rather than representation. The savings for them are enormous. “Clientele are made to feel they have options and are led through a discovery process that leaves them ready to move on to the next stage of life,” says Vigier.
Reduce Stress During The Holidays
Spending more time at home reduces the stress of the commute, the tension of a strict timetable, and virtually eliminates the need for transition time between work and home life. It also allows more time with children for those who are parenting. Parents are likely to feel better when they have time with their offspring, and it’s good for the children to share their school stories right after school rather than at a dinner happening hours later, if indeed it happens with the whole family at all. Being at home is far better for everyone than feeling stressed trying to find time to spend with the kids.
According to sociologist Kei Nomaguchi, there is emotional contagion. Whatever you are feeling will be passed on. An exhausted, frustrated parent can transfer those feelings to the kids. Parents can actually have a negative impact on their children while in a stressed state.
A good family lawyer will assist the estranged couple with communication and help bring them to a suitable agreement. In the comfort of a home office, this will feel more like help from a professional counselor than an all-business, you-against-me appointment with a lawyer.
Lost productivity caused through depression and anxiety costs the Canadian economy almost $50 billion a year, according to a 2017 report by the Conference Board of Canada. When Statistics Canada asked people about their greatest unmet needs for mental health care, counseling and therapy topped the list.
The Canadian Law Society now offers assistance in a number of different ways to those members who struggle with mental heath or addiction. Counseling is within easy reach, and if you’d just like to speak with another lawyer about the challenges you face, that option is available.
Take time for your life this holiday season. It’s important.