(Written by Nan Barker, WIL Committee chair, who is responsible for the blog focus group "using your law degree in your community and family".)
My dad, who had been ill for some time, passed away on June 1st. Even though we knew his passing was at hand, it has been a difficult and an emotional time.
I am the middle daughter--I have two sisters. My mother is still alive, but my parents were divorced when I was quite young.
I tried the above. Nothing happened. After a few days of trying the above, it finally dawned on me the above mentioned desired process wasn't going to happen. Something needed to be done. Decisions needed to be made.
It was then that my legal training kicked in. I have often heard people call a law degree a leadership degree. I experienced the truth of that statement this past week. The skills I learned and abilities I had enhanced in law school came into play. Skills related to organization, observation, mediation, listening, decision making, compromise, etc. were all used.
The funeral service was yesterday. It went well. My sisters were grateful everything was taken care of. As I was contemplating things today and looking back over the past couple of weeks, I realized the help my legal training provided. I am grateful I have the training I received in law school. It gave me the skills I needed to help my family at a difficult time.