Webster's dictionary defines burnout as the exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation, usually as the result of prolonged stress or frustration. Exhaustion tops the list of symptoms of burnout and appears to be a hallmark feature. Common symptoms include exhaustion, fatigue, detachment, boredom, cynicism, sadness, annoyance or irritability. Attorneys facing burnout often feel drained, as if they have nothing left to give, feel a lack of achievement, purpose and sense of hope. Some experience distrust or a sense of impending failure. Burnout is a disillusioning experience. Continue to read
Lack of communication and lack of diligence are the top two ethical complaints clients make about attorneys overall, not only in Missouri but in general. In 2012, these two categories areas alone accounted for 50% of total complaints resulting in OCDC investigations. Procrastination is a common challenge that can raise the risk of complaints about communication and diligence. If procrastination is a concern, any gains in minimizing that that tendency can be helpful to avoid problems and protect your bottom line. Continue to read
As a practicing attorney, what better time than now to reflect on the past year, both professionally and personally, as to where you have been, where you are presently, and where you plan to be. In fact, this may have become an annual tradition for you or you may ask, why take the time for a self-audit? Continue to read
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