Summer is almost here, and now is the time to schedule that much-needed vacation. But how will your law office do without you?
Kathleen Allmon Stoneman and E. Jane Taylor, co-authors of the Ohio State Bar Association's online law office management resource, OfficeKeeper, say that achieving a sense of balance between work and the rest of your life is essential to enhancing your quality of life.
To leave your worries at the office during a long vacation or a short break, Stoneman and Taylor suggest the following.
Find a backup
Find an attorney to provide emergency coverage for your clients in your absence. See ORPC, Rule 1.6 Confidentiality of Information and Rule 1.5 Fees and Expenses.
- Obtain clients’ agreement;
- Provide other attorneys with necessary file information; and
- Create written fee arrangement with clients’ knowledge and consent.
Schedule breaks in your weekly schedule. Work with staff to schedule appointments at sufficient intervals to allow for breaks.
For more information on career satisfaction and achieving a balanced life, check out OfficeKeeper, only on OhioBar.org.