How a Paralegal Can Help

September 5, 2012

Below is a link to an article about using a paralegal in lieu of an attorney to get you through your divorce. #divorce http://ow.ly/dueyc

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Want to collect “dirt” on your 2bx? Go where the divorce lawyers go: Facebook, Twitter, My Space. Let’s call it the cheap private investigator. Oh, and please watch what you and your friends post as you don’t want it falling into the wrong hands.
Divorce lawyers: Facebook tops in online evidence

We are so rushed, so challenged by life’s demands that we can loose sight of what’s most important to us… until we get news that stops us in our tracks.

If you’ve been to our Second Saturday programs you know that introducing you to our area’s best attorneys is one of our goals because having the right attorney is crucial to getting good results. And by best, we mean an attorney who sees the overall picture, and puts what’s best for you and your children above his/her ego and driving up your legal bill.

Ed Walinisky was such an attorney. His reputation for being a good, kind, smart attorney, who put his client above starring in court, was well-known. If you needed to go to court, he would do so for you, but not before he educated you about all the alternatives. Ed embraced the philosophy of collaborative law which gets the importance of meeting the emotional and financial needs of a family as well as the legal. We, and our attendees, were fortunate to have Ed speak at some of our Second Saturday programs.

The last time I saw Ed, in late November, he struck me as a vibrant, healthy, happy man. He told me how much he loved his work and his eyes sparkled. But what touched me even more, was how he beamed when he told me that months earlier he’d already booked his hotel for the weekend of his son’s graduation from William & Mary this coming May 2010. Ed did not want to miss a minute of it, and he was advising me to do the same as my oldest daughter would also be graduating with his son’s class.

Unfortunately, Ed’s life was cut short this weekend by cancer. Sadly, Northern Virginia has lost a family-friendly attorney, but fortunately the partners at his firm also embrace getting clients through the divorce process as humanely as possible.

As a mom, who’s daughter has been a classmate of Ed’s son for many, many years I cry for Ed and his son who won’t be together, physically at least, for this spring’s W & M graduation celebrations. Earlier today I found myself thinking “I don’t know what I’d do if that happened to me … or my daughter…” Then the cruel irony hit me, we’d have no choice.

Tonight I will hug my high schooler. I will not let her stress over AP classes and the college acceptance process … or my stress over earning enough to pay the bills … get in our way. And when my college student comes home this weekend I will close the computer and really be with her unlike last time when I was “working”.

Perhaps what made Ed a great family law attorney was the fact he valued his family and kept his legal role in perspective. If we are lucky, he will now be able to guide other attorneys from above.

A Sign of the Times

October 14, 2009

Thanks to Twitter, I just stumbled upon a business article singing the praises of “Ms Cooper, a relatively recently- qualified young solicitor” (USA translation: recently passed the Bar exam ) who started a Facebook group for european lawyers that, in only one year, has mushroomed to 2,800 members all across the world. The article ends with:

“Claire is a first-rate advocate and has clearly made a significant impact on the legal profession after a short time in it. Her efforts have also helped raise the profile of the legal profession in Wales and deserve to be widely applauded.”

Now for the best part. Imediately below, the first reader comment:

Doozy wrote:
Great that’s all we need…Family Law solicitors charging clients whilst surfing the net and using Facebook, which is already known to be a drain on productivity and time spent at work. Oh boy.

What do you think?

Read all about it: WalesOnline – Business – Business News – Lawyer?s Facebook site makes a global impact

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