As lawyers, when we pass the Bar in the state of Pennsylvania, we are given the title, “Attorney and Counselor of Law.” At LaMonaca Law we take this distinction very seriously. Unlike other areas of the law, such as Personal Injury, Automobile Accidents, Contracts, Wills and Estates, Family Law contains some of the most emotional, stressful and painful situations to deal with. It is not just a matter of filing a document, going to Court and arguing the position of our client. No, it takes on much higher levels that deal with the fears and concerns of the client, whereby they cannot wait for a typical 9 to 5 appointment, but instead need “instant gratification,” by way of having their fears immediately addressed.
Let’s look at one possible scenario which was a situation that occurred in the past month. It is 4:30 a.m., the parties are living under the same roof and our client, the wife in this scenario, hears a loud banging at her locked door. Instantly, her thoughts go from self-defense to her children who are sleeping down at the end of the hall. As her husband is on the other side of the locked door yelling at her to come out and speak to him, her fears and concerns heighten. At that moment, and with her children between herself and her husband, she makes the crazy choice to open the door and speak with her husband. At that time, she is berated, yelled at and threatened that if she does not do what he says, she will never see the children again and she will be destitute economically.
Thankfully this situation calmed down a little bit, but still in fear, our client emailed me at 4:35 a.m. At 4:37 a.m., I immediately responded back to her with her options to safeguard herself and her children. Can you imagine the stress and anxiety she was going through at that time? Can you imagine the fear that went through her head as she sat on the other side of the door? Can you imagine the choices she made to open the door in an effort to try to safeguard her children instead of cowering on the other side of the door?
I wound up speaking with the client at about 6:30 a.m. and went through her options with her, whereby she felt an immediate sense of relief as I guided her to pursue options to safeguard her children. By 7:00 a.m., I dictated a letter to opposing counsel indicating that to the extent his client did not immediately refrain from any such actions, significant ramifications would follow.
In the end, this story had a happy ending where everything was ultimately resolved peacefully. Every client is unique. Every client needs to have their case handled differently. At LaMonaca Law, we take our responsibility very seriously when it comes to immediately addressing our client’s stress, anxiety, fears and concerns. It is through the system that I developed entitled, “Brutally Honest,” that has produced two (2) books thus far, and will be once again featured in the upcoming book, “The Brutally Honest Guide to Sur Thriving Generation Now.”
Stress is highly subjective. We take great pride in doing our job as best as we can, around the clock, and in a manner that will immediately address our client’s unique concerns.