What if there were a better way to practice Family Law?
Better yet, what if there were a better way to handle the ending of a marriage, the decisions about child custody, and other relationship conflict issues altogether?
What if there were a way for a client to be able to assess what s/he truly wants in the next chapter of his/her life? What if a family law firm focused first on helping clients get clarity on what they want, before imposing the "traditional" solutions?
These are some of the questions our firm is on a mission to answer. If that line of thinking gets you excited, then you might consider working with us.
Many attorneys who have practiced family law for a while are exhausted. The level of intensity, the drama, the needless escalation of conflict, the heartbreak – it’s enough to wear anyone down. The system as practiced in many firms, seems designed to wear down the clients, and the attorneys. There is a better way of doing things, so that the balance, most days, have you feeling awesome about how much you are making a real impact on people’s lives, (probably punctuated by a couple of bad days here and there ... we're not magicians).
To be a good fit for this role, you should be someone who is looking for an opportunity to focus on helping people navigate the biggest decisions they will face in their lives: changes in their family. Whether divorce, separation, custody, parenting time, visitation, or other family changes, disputes, or crises, you want to help them reach the best outcome that is consistent with their values.
We need you to be proficient in Colorado Family Law practice and procedure. At the same time, we want you to not be "set in your ways," or wedded to “the way things have always been done.” You should be an optimist, and a realist, at the same time. We need you to be creative and able to think outside the box, while also adhering to the established parameters of law and court procedure. You are beyond having anyone pull the wool over your eyes, and well beyond ever taking it personally if they try.
Of course, you must have the skills necessary to advocate for our clients before a mediator or a court, and not be afraid to do so. You also know that litigation is not always the path to the best outcome. You are not motivated by the thrill of the other side losing but are dedicated to achieving an optimal outcome for our clients consistent with their values – which you may help them discover.
You understand that this process is about more than writing legal documents. You are eager to be the captain of a team that can go beyond the “bare minimum” and provides all the help the clients may need. You are excited about being part of a firm that will be there for them, even outside the strictly legal aspects of these major life changes --whether it be help finding a new home, a car, the right insurance, a babysitter, or an IT guy...
You are committed, above all, and in everything we do, to an excellent experience for our clients.
If you're still reading this, and believe this might be a role for you, let me tell you about us. New Leaf Family is opening a family law practice serving Jefferson County (for now), Colorado. We are combining our founders' talents of running successful law firms, with the experience of having built a very successful family law practice before, and wanting to do it again ... better than ever. This will serve as a model for growth in Colorado, and likely beyond.
But ... we are starting small. What we're looking for is someone who is OK coming on as a Contract Attorney for 2-3 months, and then full-time after that. We have committed substantial resources to attract the right clients to the firm, in the right quantities to build this up quickly ... but not so quickly as to compromise the excellent client experience.
When you apply, please briefly let me know why this role, in particular, gets you excited... This is key. Don't skip it!
We look forward to hearing from you!
New Leaf Family is a law firm, yes. But we do things ... differently. We understand that our clients don't come to us with legal problems. They come to us with personal problems, for which the solutions may have an intersection with the law.
We understand that our work doesn't begin and end with a legal process, but that is part of our larger mission to help solve the entire problem, sometimes including other professionals in our work.