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Law Talk - Advice for Attorneys on Work Life Balance

Law Talk - Advice for Attorneys on Work Life Balance

October 30, 2020

"A lot of my life has taken a very unique twist,” shares Tim Gehret, Attorney and Contracts Negotiator at Georgia Tech Research Corporation. Join Tim and Melissa as they discuss how life surprised them with careers they never saw coming. With his heart in television and broadcast, Tim worked as a local news reporter for 12 years. However, when faced with the challenge of a changing industry, Tim took the time to analyze his needs to make ends meet, support his family, and be successful. As a result, Tim braved the hardest test he’s ever taken and then changed his career...twice.

Jump in and travel back to “Classic 89” in a world before flip and smartphones as Tim shares how he went from covering legal beats in college to supporting his family as an employee of a prestigious organization, Georgia Tech. Despite obstacles and twists in his career, Tim sheds light on how he adapted and pushed through working in areas that he didn’t like, including contracts. Tim also reveals best practices of how to find new job opportunities when your life takes a “very unique twist”. 

Melissa also asks Tim about the first twist in his career and how he ended up in law school. Tim guides you down his journey of a career change guided by the universe after he was laid off in Charleston. After being in Market 100, what would Tim do next? Channeling his past coverage of legal beats in college with Melissa, he decided that grad school was in the cards for him and pursued a career in criminal defense. 

Another surprise in this episode is Tim’s unassuming life lesson from a BBC fan favorite, Downton Abbey. Using the beloved character, Matthew Crawley, Tim drives home the point of how important a will and trust are. Meditating on his mission trip to South Africa, Tim also shares the motivation behind his decision to arrange his will and trust. Additionally, Melissa discusses the types of wills accepted as legal documents in Colorado including a “Holographic Will.”

Later on, Tim and Melissa discuss how he found his work-life balance in his current role. You’ll also hear Tim explain the unusual phenomenon of how he was hired at an institution with zero experience to start a pilot program. While a pun wasn’t intended, Tim freely admits that there is peace of mind that comes with being an employee at Georgia Tech. 

Don’t miss Melissa’s advice for law school students. “You never know what tiny nuanced area you’re going to end up specializing in,” Melissa shares. As evidenced by the experiences Tim and Melissa share in this episode, their current careers and niches are not what they set out to do in college. So cast a broad net when it comes to studying and find work-life balance in being adaptable and resilient.  

Quotes: 

  • “You don't cover civil cases...or probate cases, those aren’t sexy.”
  • "It's a whole new world doing your own private practice."
  • "I'm accustomed to a certain lifestyle. I'm not gonna work 15 hour days."
  • “That may not be where you end up so keep an open mind.”
  • "Your law career is like an evolution"

 

Links Mentioned: 

Melissa Dougherty Anderson on LinkedIn

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Estate Planning and Elder Law 101

Estate Planning and Elder Law 101

October 28, 2020

“There’s not a silver bullet out there that will eliminate court under any and all circumstances.” Join Tim Bounds, Attorney at Evans Case, LLP as he discusses the “proverbial Turkish rug” and Long Term Care with your host, Melissa Anderson. If you’ve ever wondered what Estate Planning and Elder Law means, Tim and Melissa provide clear and concise explanations to help you plan for longevity and take care of your loved ones. 

In this episode, Tim gives insight into how lawyers today are adapting to a new rhythm of connecting to clients. While Zoom meetings were born out of necessity, Tim reflects on the convenience it provides for clients and how it respects their time. Innovatively incorporating technology during today’s climate has opened the runway for Tim and other Estate Planning lawyers to continue their work in keeping your family out of court and out of conflict. 

Listen in as Tim and Melissa address an ugly truth: at times, conflict is inevitable. Unfortunately, siblings fight and wills remain unwritten. Tim cracks open the door behind the courtroom and provides insight into what goes on inside of a Judge’s head when they see family members fighting. How can you and your family avoid fighting over the “proverbial Turkish rug”? Tim and Melissa answer this question by addressing their best practices keeping arguments outside of the courtroom, especially when it comes to the care of children.

As a mother, Melissa shares the same feelings that you do about protecting your children. As a lawyer who specializes in Estate Planning, Melissa works with younger families planning for the future of their children. Combining her experience as a mom and a lawyer, Melissa provides a comfortable space to help you address important questions such as:

  • Who in your life has the same ethos as you?
  • Should you pair your children up with a couple? What if they get divorced?

Melissa's goal for young families is to keep their children out of foster care.

Specializing in Elder Law, Tim guides your family as you find a path to care for your loved ones who may require long term care and/or long term insurance. Tim expounds on the options available from in-home meal prep to varying degrees of long term care facilities. Tim reviews financing options and questions to meditate on as you contemplate how long term care can be personalized for each individual's needs.

Stay tuned for tips for charitable planning and how to identify organizations you may want to include in your will and trust.

 

Quotes: 

  • “Give yourself peace of mind and leave this legacy to your family.”
  • “There’s not a silver bullet out there that will eliminate court under any and all circumstances.”
  • “Judges really really love when people come in and fight over the proverbial Turkish rug.”
  • “Why not plan for longevity and not burden my family as well?”

 

Links Mentioned: 

Call Tim for a Free Consult on Long Term Care Planning 303-757-8300

Email Tim Bounds 

Submit an Online Inquiry at Evans Case, LLP

Melissa Dougherty Anderson on LinkedIn

Call Melissa at 720-556-6584

Set an Appointment with Melissa

Like Colorado Estate Planner on Facebook

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