Anyone have any tips for dealing with boundaries with a hands-off attorney? On one hand, I like the freedoms, I get to do a lot of first drafts, but then I feel more responsible than is appropriate for my role when we don’t get the desired outcome. For context: small firm, family law.

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At the end of the day, you are allowed to feel a certain way about the outcome, but you also only did the first draft. The attorney looked at it, added to the document, and was the one to sign their name on it. Just take the emotion out of it - which I think is easier said than done especially in family law. Also give yourself credit for the fact you did the first draft even if you are on the losing side.

My first paralegal job was in family law and I cried every day. I work as an insurance defense paralegal now and it’s much easier to emotionally detach.

Family law isn’t for the weak. Props to you!

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