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5 Best Out-Of-Office Email Responses

By George Khoury, Esq. | Last updated on

There are few feelings in life better than walking out of the office before a vacation. When it comes to good work-feels, it's really only behind receiving and depositing checks.

And following closely behind walking out that door, the third most satisfying work to-do involves setting your out-of-office auto-reply email message. Although many lawyers struggle to fully disconnect, or unplug, especially when it comes to email, one sure fire way to help ensure the plug stays pulled is by using a really good out-of-office message that gets a recipient's attention.

Not convinced that setting your auto-responder is fun and satisfying? Well, that just means you're doing it wrong. With some creative thinking, it can even be a marketing opportunity.

Below are the top five out of office email autoresponders that might make you want to up your email game.

1. Your Email Will Be Deleted

Setting up an auto-responder explaining that every email received will be deleted is probably a pipe dream for any of us that practice, or get potential client emails, but if you're in house, or have some perfect-world set up, you could do this:


2. Tell Everyone Everything, and Have Some Fun With It

3. The Humble Brag With Photo

4. The Not All the Way Gone

5. Be Accurate, But Avoid Detailed Descriptions of Medical Symptoms

Okay ... so this last one probably isn't a good model to follow, especially as it doesn't provide a return date. But it does provide an alternative contact, so hopefully you get the idea.

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