As published in the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
By Richard West and Attorney Jonathan Fields
Fields and Dennis LLP is proud to announce that we have been ranked as one of Boston’s Top Tier Family Law Firms in US News & World Report’s Best Lawyers Best Law Firms 2021 Edition. The US News & World Report rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process and is one of the most trusted and relied upon guides to legal excellence. We are honored to receive this ranking.
David Yaz of The Boston Podcast interviewed Attorney Jonathan Crafts on COVID Crimes and Pandemic Lawyering
I want to congratulate my partner Jon Fields for his selection as a Top 100 Super Lawyer in Massachusetts for his work in Family Law.
Attorney Jonathan Crafts sat down with Jeffrey Davis, host of Radio Entrepreneurs for an in depth discussion of his practice in the areas of White Collar Crime, Corporate Litigation, & Fraud.
Jonathan discussed that over the years he has done extensive case work for accountants and has represented many who have found themselves accused of wrongdoing. He spoke about the importance of executives being aware of where all the money in a corporation is and not just relying on one person to manage the finances and the need for compliance among the different divisions of a company. Please watch this interesting interview to learn more about his approach to white collar criminal defense.
by Vicki L. Shemin, J.D., LICSW, ACSW
Breaking the news to divorcing clients that courts are closed indefinitely (except for the most extreme of emergencies) has added yet another layer of stress and strain to the avalanche of burdens clients already bear.
It has not been easy to absorb the news that the trajectory of their divorce has been indefinitely derailed. In the old normal, trying as it was to go through the process, at least the promise of having had an end in sight engendered more than a small measure of hope.
For clients who have successfully negotiated and signed their divorce agreements, until they can have the judge’s blessing that their agreement passes muster and they are officially divorced, they are left with a pervasive sense that finality is outside their grasp. And, on the opposite end of the spectrum, for those clients who are well into the heart of the process but still far from settlement, the fact that the courts will be unavailable — and then certainly backlogged — brings on a different host of far-reaching concerns.
Fortunately, those of us who are trained mediators have been able to offer clients an efficient and effective alternative: tele-mediation. In short, tele-mediation is the distribution of mediation services and information through various telecommunication technologies. Most notable of these have been Zoom and Microsoft Teams, modalities that offer document-sharing capabilities and private breakout rooms.
Compassion and Guidance Through the Attorney’s Eyes with Guest, Andrea E. DeLaney, Esq. Andrea specializes in family law and divorce, including child custody, child support, paternity, alimony and asset division. Together with Host, Cece Shatz on Going Solo with Cece Show, they chatted about the asset division process and various legal steps in divorce. WGSN-DB Going Solo Network, Radio, TV & Podcasts (www.goingsolomedia.com)
A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR LAWYERS
by Vicki L. Shemin, J.D., LICSW, ACSW
For most of us, we have compartmentalized well our work/family life so that when we leave the office, well – we have left the office.
Fast forward to stay-at-home orders.
In order to carry on with our work lives, the boundaries have blurred – literally – as many of us find that our computers and printers are set up on the kitchen/dining room table or in our bedrooms. Harkening back to the days of college dorm living, there is that pervasive sense of guilt and burden: I could be working longer instead of watching Netflix after dinner; I should not go to bed yet because I could probably work for another hour or two.
In order not to extinguish our Mojo flame, here are my top 10 survival tips:
Ask not what has been taken from you, but reflect on what you have to be grateful for as you start each day. Enough said.
2. Routine, Ritual, Repeat
Establish new routines to offset the new normal. For me, I have inverted my usual routine (which was – TMI -showering in the morning to be fresh to start the day); now, once my work for the day is complete, I shower to psychologically and physically demarcate the clear boundary between ending the work day and beginning the evening. Conversely, mark the beginning of your work day by getting out of your pajamas and actually getting dressed in garb you would wear outside. I don’t watch television during the day while I work (well, okay, except for the news during my lunch break).
3. Dress for Success
For Zoom meetings, it’s an occasion to do something different than jeans and a T-shirt! I don earrings, choose an outfit I would wear to the office, and apply some makeup in an attempt to recapture looking professional while sitting at the dining room table.
Read more of the article at https://masslawyersweekly.com/2020/04/23/not-burning-out-while-staying-in-a-survival-guide/
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