Does your lawyer think like a child?

Does your lawyer think like a child?

In some ways, it may best for you if s/he does. New research from the University of California at Berkley and the University of Edinburgh, recently reported in the media, has shown that pre-schoolers may be more adept and more successful at certain sorts of problem solving than adults. Researchers are hypothesizing that children simply approach problem solving differently than adults, with a more open, flexible, and fluid approach to creating a new and (to the adult mind, anyway) unlikely hypothesis.

Inquiry and explanation come naturally to children who have no preconceived notions of how things ought to work and no memory or experience of how things used to work or worked in a past situation. Adults, on the other hand, are more likely to employ more obvious solutions or try an approach that has worked in the past, sticking with these measures even if they are not working in the current situation. This more inflexible and narrow thinking can make adults less effective than children at certain sorts of problem solving.

If you find yourself stuck in a pattern that is not working for you and not making your situation better, you may want to talk with your lawyer about more creative, flexible, and fluid thinking. When selecting a law firm, look for one with a Firm (capital letter intended) commitment to taking a novel approach to solving your problem. The laws and the rules are not carved in stone, but they are written in black, which is not how most children see the world and approach its challenges. The most effective way to solve your problem may be to approach it with a child’s creativity, flexibility and fluidity in thinking.


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About Lawrence Welsh

A funny thing happened to Larry (Lawrence C. Welsh) on the way to his professional career in the practice of law. After graduating from college and before entering law school, he took an extended tour through the hospitality industry, working his way through both the service and business sides of hotels, restaurants and resorts in six states and the District of Columbia. Taking the business acumen and the ever-watchful attention to detail so well-honed during that experience into his lifelong passion to practice law has led Larry to his position as Chief Legal Counsel and head of the firm’s Forensic Support Team. Before joining the firm, Larry worked in the public defender’s office, through which he added an array of advocacy skills and trial experience to his resume. Since joining the firm in 2003, Larry has handled a full range of family law issues, which he continues to do, while lending experience and direction to others in the firm, particularly where and when the resources of the Forensic Support Team are most appropriate. Larry is also licensed in New Jersey, and he leads the firm’s New Jersey team operations. Larry is a multi-year “Top Lawyer” honoree in Main Line Today magazine, and he has been named as an “Awesome/Top Attorney” for family law and divorce in Suburban Life Magazine. Larry is an active member of the bar associations and family law sections of Delaware County, Chester County, and the state of Pennsylvania.