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2. Clients with pending matters have to be referred for
proper handling, with equitable arrangements made for
fee sharing for work already performed.
3. Client property or funds, including items like Wills,
should be returned, transferred, or properly disposed of.
4. Where permissible, arrangements should be made for the
sale of the practice.
5. Detailed instructions must be left for family members and
staff to do all of the above.
Pittsburgh, PA solo practitioner Virginia Cook created and
has frequently presented the CLE seminar entitled "Practicing
Law Dead or Alive." When she presents the seminar she has
attendees complete a form entitled "Sample Letter Regarding
The Basics Of Running Your Practice." [Email me for this and
other materials from the seminar.] In this well-constructed
form you are prompted to fill in all the essential information
necessary, and to execute all the required forms, for someone
else to carry on your practice if you are disabled or deceased.
So you don't have to reinvent this wheel by trying to figure out
what information you must organize and leave behind. You
just have to complete the forms.
Thus far we've dealt with the practical aspects of preparing
for the scariest of circumstances which we hope will never
occur to ourselves or those we care about. But this article is
really about something entirely different. It's about the fact
that most of us in the legal industry are "Type A" personalities
who spend too much time focusing on work and too little time
focusing on the more pleasant aspects of life.

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day, and your life, more enjoyable.
Your daily professional life is filled with stress. The kind of
stress which activates your "fight or flight" response. And even
though I routinely joke that I give stress instead of getting it, I
suffer from the same continual stress levels as you do. And as I
watch the "symptoms" of stress being added to the whiteboard
by Dr. Porter, I realize I could easily qualify as the poster child
for stress.
Of course, we have to recognize that there is both positive
and negative stress. Stress is a life energy force in the body.
Stress is a key ingredient in optimal performance. Positive
stress - eustress - is actually essential and beneficial. It
galvanizes your energy; enhances your thinking; puts you
on top of your game. Words like creativity, zeal, passion,
excitement, or motivation come to mind when we think about
positive stress. But while it's true that some stress is actually
positive, it is also true that continued negative stress becomes
distress, which is harmful. The effects of too much distress can
and often do affect us in a variety of ways including physically,
emotionally, intellectually, behaviorally, and spiritually.
Distress can make us physically ill. Up on the board in the
seminar we're looking at physical illnesses which relate to
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We've all laughed at the joke about the improbable
tombstone inscription, "He didn't spend enough time at the
office." And of course there's the golden oldie about the lawyer
who is struck by lightning on the golf course. St. Peter greets
him at the Pearly Gates with a special welcome for someone
several hundred years old. Puzzled, the attorney questions
where St. Peter got the misinformation. St. Peter responds that
the calculation was based on the attorney's timesheets.
The reality is that we sacrifice entirely too much time that
deserves to be spent on family, friends, and relaxation. And it
seems that the level of sacrifice has been increasing steadily.
Here I sit at the PBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Retreat,
in a session entitled "Inner Balance - Strategies and Skills
for Lawyer Well-Being" by Dr. Nora C. Porter, listening (e.g.
multi-tasking) as I write this article. And suddenly it has
become clear to me what I want to convey in this article, and
how. It's not about creating the documentation necessary
for others to carry on your practice successfully should you
become disabled or deceased, although I strongly suggest you
do so. Rather, it is about rearranging or reordering some of the
priorities in your life. It's about taking some time to regularly
reduce your negative stress levels, in order to make your work
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