December often brings added stress to many lawyers. Some associates worry whether they have billed enough hours and whether they can possibly make up the shortfall in the remaining weeks in the year. Other attorneys work long hours, struggling to meet hard and fast deadlines, as multiple clients try to close transactions or settle cases before year’s end.

Holiday shopping, traffic jams and commitments to friends and family create additional demands on our time and fray our nerves in a season that should be filled with laughter and good will. Additionally, this year’s financial woes in the legal industry just seem to be piling on.

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