201611.07
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FAQ: What are holistic legal services?

Holistic legal services are based on “big picture thinking,” or consideration and analysis of circumstances beyond the immediate, obvious issue. The term “holistic” is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as being concerned with wholes, rather than dissections, and that is our focus at The Law Studio. For example, when you consult with us regarding your business formation, we look…

201610.31
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Conflict Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Republished from the October 2006 issue of our Grayfiti newsletter: Happy Halloween! We may no longer be afraid of the ghosts and goblins that scared us as children, but what about the ghosts of our pasts that create present conflicts? How confident are you that you will not run from them? All of us create…

201610.24
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Three Hiring Expectations That Probably Won’t Be Fulfilled

My colleagues and I often discuss our challenges in finding the “model” employees for our businesses. Whether it’s a client who has a disgruntled worker who frequently files claims to extend her vacation time, a vendor whose employees don’t consistently how up for work, or a friend who is so good to his team that he makes…

201610.17
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Thank Goodness It WASN’T a Snake!

My mom used to say, when something I was looking for was right in front of me, “If it had been a snake, it would have bitten you!” I still occasionally have this vision problem. In a recent meeting of other solo and small practice attorneys, I heard myself. “Shut up!” I thought. But my…

201608.22
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How to Give an Effective and Complete Apology

We’ve heard several at least arguable apologies over the past week from #RyanLochte to #DonaldTrump to #Le’VeonBell. This year, we’ve also heard from #BrockTurner, newspapers, and a number of quick-thumbed social media commenters. So few of these feel complete, even when they are sincere. To most of us, “I’m sorry” and an excuse isn’t much of an apology at all. It…

201607.14
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The Guilt is Ours

I’m sorry that I didn’t notice you were black when we were playing at the mall. I was just happy to have someone my size to be with. I didn’t know our lives were so different. I’m sorry I didn’t notice you were treated differently in school. We shared the same buses, free lunch program,…

201607.04
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Who are “They”?

A loved one picked me up from the airport one December. As we drove through the neighborhood, we enjoyed the colorful lights and decorations in various yards. Snowmen, Santa Claus, reindeer, menorahs, and nativity scenes co-existed on the grounds where Native Americans once hunted and gathered food. LED lights replaced the candles of pioneer days….

201606.13
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Don’t Be Mad at Me

Don’t be mad at me. I prayed for you today. Then, I meditated and set an intention or took a stand that you would have a life more amazing than you imagine possible. Don’t be mad at me. I wished you a Merry Christmas or happy day in 12 languages or 11 that weren’t your…