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Solo Lawyers: Tips for Working on Your Summer Vacation

By William Vogeler, Esq. on July 20, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

'Working vacation' is an oxymoron, especially for solo attorneys.

So why do we plunge head first into the ritual? It's like starting a journey, knowing that you'll never get to your destination.

But such is the attorney's fate, and so we soldier on with our lattes in life. Here are some ideas for your next working vacation:

Plan Ahead

It's impossible to anticipate every possibility in a solo law practice. Opposing counsel can ruin your best-laid vacation plans with one ex parte notice.

The best you can do is call for back-up. Make sure your 911 is set to call a colleague, a contract attorney, paralegal, or secretary to deal with that possible emergency before you go anywhere.

But when you can find an open spot on your calendar, it's time to pack your bags, a laptop, a cell phone, and necessary files for your working vacation.

Pack Light

If you are packing too much paper, maybe it's about time you really went paperless. Move to the cloud.

You don't have to operate from a virtual office, but it's almost a vacation when you can work on a beach in your flip-flops. You can even leave the laptop at home if you have another device with a secure internet connection.

"If you no longer have to worry about being in your office to access your systems, but could access them anywhere, that 'anywhere' could be Maui," Jared Correia writes for the Lawyerist.

Just Do It

If you've come this far, just do it. You deserve it, and you need it.

Seriously, you need a real vacation -- free from the stresses of lawyering, fighting with opposing counsel, and unforgiving deadlines. Taking a vacation helps with that and can make you a better lawyer. If you are stuck on a working vacation, however, at least you can relax a little and dream about it while lying on that beach.

Yeah, if only you could do this all the time ...

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