Relating to my client, not as a future lawyer-to-be, but as another person not only facilitated the drafting process...

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I have to admit, the idea that I would be writing up documents that had the power to determine such important aspects of peoples lives kind of terrified me. I had never drafted anything resembling a will or power of attorney, let alone ever have anyone looking to me for legal help. As we arrived to our first client session my internal dialog started going something a little like “Oh my goodness, I have a client. I have a client. Okay, act calm and….be lawyerly?”

Luckily, my anxiety quickly dissipated. It amazed how quickly our client opened up to my drafting partner, Elaine, and I. She immediately started thanking us for coming to help her, and later began showing us pictures of her children and grandchildren. I started to see that the key to drafting a will, was not how technical and ‘lawyerly’ one can be, but instead how personal and engaging you are with the client. Relating to my client, not as a future lawyer-to-be, but as another person not only facilitated the drafting process, but also made the experience so much more enjoyable.


Posted by Laura Arredondo-Santisteban on Wed. March 7, 2012 11:34 AM
Categories: Spring Break 2012 (Eastern)

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