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What’s the Future of Family Law?

PeterdruckerI’m filled with anxiety about the future of family law. It’s changing, and I wonder whether it’s going to cease to exist. It certainly won’t look the same in the near future.

Between the document preparation services, online dispute resolution options, non-lawyer ownership of law firms, the flood of new attorneys and resulting price competition, the decreasing desire of the market to involve lawyers in their lives, and the negative perceptions of family law attorneys, I wonder whether we’ll still be here 10 years from now. Or five years from now.

Things are changing—fast.

I’m also filled with excitement by the possibilities. Something new will come, and someone needs to create it.

The late Peter Drucker said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

I’m working on the future, and so are many of you. The ideas I’m hearing are fascinating. Change is happening. It’s going to be interesting.

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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.