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Episode 12: What to Do When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

From Military to Law

Starting out in the military at a young age, Kelly was in the United States Air Force for eight years, serving as a federal agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). It was during her time there that she was first exposed to the courtroom, testifying as well as putting together court cases. Once she was out of the military she decided to pursue family law because it allows for more diversity in clientele as every case is different.

A Female Led Firm

“I don’t think us all being women is really a benefit to the firm. I think all of us have very strong personalities and are very motivated and bring a lot of unique viewpoints to how we approach our cases. I think that’s a large part of our success.”

Effective self-motivation is one of the main things that distinguishes high-achieving professionals from everyone else. Work hard and stay driven.

Every Case Is Different

Don’t get sucked in the immediate drama of a case. Kelly explains that in divorce cases, it is important to think about where you want your client to be in five years rather than allowing the heightened emotions to drive the decisions being made.“The overriding principle with all of my cases is that I really try to think about what the long term goal is.”

Be sympathetic to your clients’ considerations, but make sure they understand your goals. At the end of the day, you want your clients to be happy. You are there to help them see through the immediate and set them up for success down the road.

Give Yourself A Break

Life doesn’t always go as planned, but that is okay. If you set a course and work hard, you may arrive at your desired destination or you may arrive somewhere completely different. Don’t take life so seriously because Kelly says things will all work out in the end.

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