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Holistic Philosophy

The Role of Mindfulness in Civil Litigation

Most civil litigation whether divorce, employment, business-related, etc., involves at its core a claim by one party that the opposing party failed to conform his/her/its behavior to a certain expected standard of the aggrieved party. Since so much civil litigation involves parties with some preexisting level of

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A Blueprint for Avoiding Legal Problems

A casual analysis seems to reveal a correlation between unhappiness and legal difficulties. What is confounding, of course, is whether legal problems cause people to suffer and feel unhappy, or whether unhappy people are more prone to poor decision-making that ultimately results in legal conflict. Though this

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Beyond the Adversarial System

Underlying our civil and criminal “justice” systems is the assumption that the examination of objective facts can lead to a version of “truth” and ultimately justice by encouraging socially desirable behavior behavior and punishing undesirable acts. On some level, this uncovering of objective facts, or what “really”

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A Return to Here and Now

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can prove particularly challenging for mindfulness practice. Commercial and societal messages of things we should have or want, the way our lives should be, etc., confront us at every turn and through all forms of media. We may feel

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The Holistic Lawyer Difference

The fundamental difference between holistic law and more traditional law practice can be characterized as “What is happening?” versus “What happened?” In almost all types of civil litigation, including divorce, family law, personal injury, employment, etc., the launching point for traditional attorneys is to have the client

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Client Tip #6: Break Old Patterns

When people find themselves ensnared in legal difficulties, these problems can often be traced to long-held conditioned thinking. These entrenched ideas about how life is or should be often serves as the precursor to behaviors directly resulting in the legal issue(s) now being faced. The quality of

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What is a Holistic Lawyer?

A holistic lawyer views legal “problems” within the infinitely broad context of the present moment. Traditional law practice places a primary focus on past events or future objectives and looks to man-made laws, regulations, and judicial opinions as providing the framework in which to remedy past “wrongs”

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Client Tip #5: Step Out of Reactionary Thought

A primary way in which legal challenges present fertile ground for mindfulness practice is the tendency of these situations to challenge our conditioned notions of what “should be” or “what is fair.” Throughout our developmental experiences, we come to internalize ideas about how we think the world

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Attorney Satisfaction Now Highly Dependent on Non-Monetary Factors

In addition to my law practice, I have provided consulting services to law firms for over fifteen years. Often, especially when dealing with partners who have been practicing for more than twenty years, a complaint commonly expressed is that associates (and employees in general) fail to take

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Legal Problems as Transformational Opportunities

America appears largely entrenched in an approach to life that emphasizes immediate remedies to unpleasant feelings and situations. Visit most physicians complaining of anxiety, sadness, or digestive problems and you are likely to leave with a prescription for some pharmaceutical remedy. If sitting in boredom wondering where

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