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The Difference Between You and Them

“I’ll do anything except family law.”

“I don’t know how you practice family law.”

“The last thing I’d do is handle a divorce.”

“Family law is the worst.”

These are the things some other lawyers say. They’re baffled as to how we do it. They wouldn’t come near a family law case.

They don’t get it. They don’t understand.

You aren’t here for the reasons they come to the practice of law. You aren’t motivated by the things that motivate them. You aren’t interested in what interests them.

You’re different.

You’re unique.

You’re special.

You’re willing to help when the going gets tough. You’re willing to help when people reach their lowest lows. You’re willing to step into the fray when the wheels are coming off.

You’re unique in your willingness to wade into the mud, take your client’s hand, and walk her to a safe place.

They would never do what you do. You’re willing. You help. That’s what makes you matter.

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  • http://www.GrahamLawCollaborative.com/ Kimberly

    Thank you for this post, Lee.  I feel that family law is a calling of sorts.  Same with my mediation practice.  I can’t imagine doing, say, tax law, or something that deals with just code or regulations all day.  It’s a privilege to serve people when times are really tough for them.  And l love my clients!  They are good people with whom I’m working when they may be at their worst, just due to emotional/financial strain.  

  • http://www.preventivefamilylaw.com/ Allison

    Kudos and thank you for that reminder of why we do what we do.

  • http://www.preventivefamilylaw.com/ Allison

    Kudos and thank you for that reminder of why we do what we do.

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Lee Rosen

Lee Rosen has practiced family law for more than twenty years. With four offices, Rosen Law Firm serves Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Rosen served as the Law Practice Management Editor of the ABA Family Advocate for more than a decade and received the ABA James Keane Award for excellence in eLawyering. He served as Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, is a frequent speaker and is often sought out by the media as a source of family law insight and commentary.