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I'm drowning in paperwork. I'm also a new parent. Before bec legalbeagle02/23/18
It is sort of the nature of the job. Is your spouse understa khazaddum02/23/18
What kind of law do you practice? Is your spouse understa isthisit02/23/18
I feel for you. Sometimes (most times...) being a lawyer su voyager102/23/18
This problem sounds like boss takes on work which can't be b jeffm02/23/18
Or flat-fee mill. I work at one of those. The thing is even khazaddum02/23/18
Getting the balance between work and family is tricky and ev hobbyist03/01/18
To get in at 4 at what time do you have to wake up? At 2:30 tedandlisa12303/01/18
Traffic is much lighter at that hour. I usually get up betw hobbyist03/01/18
I’ve known a couple people like hobbyist. She has twice th dakotalaw03/01/18
Can you get extra help with a temporary nanny? Maybe get so trijocker03/02/18
Yeah, in DC it's typical for female attorneys to hire undocu aknas03/04/18
legalbeagle (Feb 23, 2018 - 9:57 am)

I'm drowning in paperwork. I'm also a new parent. Before becoming a parent I would stay late, work weekends etc. I'm really trying not to do that now. But all my work is piling up. I'm the only associate in my firm and every single motion comes to me. Plus all the other misc things I have to do (go to court, pick up cases,see clients)It's really taking away from the "enjoyable" aspects of practicing. I feel like a machine just producing paperwork on a conveyor belt or something. It all just feels mundane.

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khazaddum (Feb 23, 2018 - 10:04 am)

It is sort of the nature of the job. Is your spouse understanding? In many files you need to put in the hours or you lose control of many cases. If your income isn’t great you should consider non-law jobs in companies relevant to your practice.

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isthisit (Feb 23, 2018 - 10:37 am)

What kind of law do you practice?

Is your spouse understanding that you can't always be home to help her with the baby?

No way around this other than to come in early and work weekends. Or, find another job. You could try talking to your bosses but that's a crap shoot.

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voyager1 (Feb 23, 2018 - 12:53 pm)

I feel for you. Sometimes (most times...) being a lawyer sucks and isn't worth it unless you are getting paid fairly. The paperwork/busyness of everything in and of itself sucks, and that doesn't even factor in the stress of messing up.

You aren't alone, keep your head up.

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jeffm (Feb 23, 2018 - 1:15 pm)

This problem sounds like boss takes on work which can't be billed for actual time requirements, or associate isn't billing for the time it takes.

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khazaddum (Feb 23, 2018 - 1:24 pm)

Or flat-fee mill. I work at one of those. The thing is even if you only get paid for litigation milestones, you cannot just ignore letters and calls from adversaries.

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hobbyist (Mar 1, 2018 - 7:37 pm)

Getting the balance between work and family is tricky and every family is a little different. For me, it works better to go in around 4 or 5 in the morning. I'm done by 5 or 6 on week nights and noon on weekends. More importantly, I'm home for dinner, homework, soccer games, movie nights, etc. Plus, I'm not crying over missing the morning c-f that is the breakfast/lunch-packing shift. My husband is a saint for taking that on.

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tedandlisa123 (Mar 1, 2018 - 7:47 pm)

To get in at 4 at what time do you have to wake up? At 2:30? By 6 pm I would be barely functional.

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hobbyist (Mar 1, 2018 - 9:32 pm)

Traffic is much lighter at that hour. I usually get up between 3 and 4. I make my lunch the night before and get everything organized so that I don't wake the whole house on my way out the door. Plus I split my work up so that I'm reading and writing until around noon, working on filing stuff in the early afternoon, and chasing down goofy loose ends that require little thought in the late afternoon.

It's not for everyone, though. I had a boss who used to come in around 7 and stay until 4. He would go home, hang out with his two sons and then they both went to bed around 8, so he would do all of his email and mindless paperwork between 8 and 10. That worked for him. I work with a lady now who has teenagers and they really need her in the mornings, but they're self-sufficient in the afternoon and early evening. She reads email in the early morning, comes in to work around 11 and stays until 7 at night.

Sometimes it's just easier to rearrange your day than it is to try to figure out how to fit 10 pounds of poop in a 5 pound sack. And a new parent with a demanding job is dealing with way too much poop. I remember those days!

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dakotalaw (Mar 1, 2018 - 10:45 pm)

I’ve known a couple people like hobbyist. She has twice the energy I have, and I’m in shape. After 40 hours of work a week, I’m done. As a solo now, I average about 25 hours of work a week.

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trijocker (Mar 2, 2018 - 10:45 am)

Can you get extra help with a temporary nanny?
Maybe get someone to come in evenings if your spouse is unavailable to help watch the baby while you catch up on work, maybe do an occasional weekend morning to catch up.
If you have time for lunch, take a nap, then eat at your desk.
Order everything in from groceries through Instacart or Walmart delivery, so you are not wasting any energy or time outside work shopping or running errands.
Good luck to you.

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aknas (Mar 4, 2018 - 8:52 pm)

Yeah, in DC it's typical for female attorneys to hire undocumented heavy-set foreign females to function as domestic slaves.

E.g., Zoe E. Baird, an attorney for Aetna in Connecticut selected by Bill Clinton to be attorney general in 1993, withdrew her name from consideration after it was discovered she and her husband, Yale Law School professor Paul Gewirtz, had hired an undocumented Peruvian couple to serve as her chauffeur and nanny, while also failing to pay their social security taxes.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/washingtonpostinvestigations/2009/01/nanny_issues_a_common_problem.html

Welcome to the real world.....

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