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I keep hearing attorneys saying that they're glad they're no attorneyinct02/13/17
The toughest part of family law is managing your clients. ruralattorney02/13/17
I am just transitioning to DCSS but had practiced Family Law cocolawyer02/15/17
attorneyinct (Feb 13, 2017 - 3:03 pm)

I keep hearing attorneys saying that they're glad they're not practicing law because it's stressful etc. Is it as stressful as insurance defense? It's certainly more lucrative than ID. I can't imagine anything more stressful as insurance defense (low wages and high billables) Just curious.

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ruralattorney (Feb 13, 2017 - 4:35 pm)

The toughest part of family law is managing your clients.

You have to set the tone up front and draw clear boundaries. If a client won't take your advice, don't be afraid to show them the door. Be honest with your clients. Every now and then someone will fire you for being honest, but you didn't want them as a client anyway.

But even if you do everything correctly, it's still a very difficult area of law to practice. The court system is about the worst place to handle modern day domestic problems - this will cause your clients quite a bit of stress and there is nothing you can do about it.

And get ready to get stiffed on a lot of bills.

If you want to actually help people, it is a very difficult area of law to practice in thanks to how dysfunctional the system is. But if you can tune that out and just care about making money, you can do fairly well in family law.

I gave it up and have never looked back, but I was lucky with the opportunity that presented itself to me. My biggest fear was that the vast majority older family law practitioners were miserable and jaded whereas the transactional lawyers were still fairly happy. I didn't want to become one of those miserable people.

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cocolawyer (Feb 15, 2017 - 11:58 am)

I am just transitioning to DCSS but had practiced Family Law three years prior to that. I will tell you, there is no greater stress then Family Law Litigation. I will laugh at your ID law problems.

First off Family Law Litigation includes all the civil devices that make litigation stressful with the added benefit of the most unreasonable clients ever. Opposing party is miserable, opposing counsels miserable. You are constantly seeking money from clients who already gave you their last dime...which they resent you for.

All that and because it is a Court of equity, being able to predict outcomes is increasingly difficult. I can tell you this. I have conducted more trials, and hearings then any other attorney that practices outside Family Law that I know. There is a reason it is consistently ranked as one of the worst areas of law to practice. The burnout rate in Family Law is very high.

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