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

Lawrence C. (Larry) Welsh joined the firm in 2003 after five years of practice with the Delaware County Public Defender’s Office. Native to Lansdowne in Delaware County where he attended public schools, Larry graduated from St. Joseph’s College (in its pre-University days) and taught school briefly before entering the hospitality industry and working his way through hotels, restaurants and resorts in four states and the District of Columbia. As a graduate of Villanova University School of Law, Larry now focuses primarily on the firm’s family law practice along with other areas of the Law. Larry handles a full range of domestic relations matters throughout the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania area and looks forward to expanding the firm’s practice, especially in the family-law field, into New Jersey where he is one of three members of the firm (along with Gregory P. LaMonaca and Christopher R. Mattox) admitted to practice.