May 01, 2013

How Not to Disconnect When Traveling

Chad E. Burton

Vacations. The idea of getting away always seems to make sense—recharge those batteries and take a break from a hectic law practice. At the same time, it tends to scare the heck out of lawyers to be away from work, knowing that, at any moment, cases can explode when you are hundreds or thousands of miles away.

The core fear underlying vacations is how to manage contact with members of your team, clients, courts, and opposing parties. Everyone handles this differently. Some truly disconnect from the working world, but most do not.

Furthermore, communications are coming at us in so many ways. There was a time in the not-too-distant past when communications were received only via telephone, letter, or fax. Now you can add e-mail, texts, social media, client portals, Skype, Google+ Hangouts, etc., etc., etc. Every week, it seems that there are more and more ways to communicate. Depending on your point of view, this can be a good or bad thing.

As a result, it is practically impossible to disconnect on vacation. The way to combat this issue is to devise a strategy to centralize or compartmentalize incoming and outgoing information.

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