How to Get a Junior Graphic Design Job Right Out of School

Landing your first junior graphic design job is an important turning point in your career as a graphic designer. Most of us know the industry can be tough when you’re just starting out. It can be hard to believe that you can make a living from a career in graphic design that is compelling and satisfying. Finding your first job in graphic design is important, not only because it’s your first “real” job, but because it’s a great continuation of the learning process that begins even after you graduate. Looking for that “big break” might not be so difficult if you put in the effort.


Even before you start searching for a position, you’re going to want to do some soul-searching. A few questions you should be asking yourself is what motivates you, what kind of environment do you want to be working in, what type of work you want to do, etc. These are important questions because although you want to worry more about the learning opportunity your first junior brochure design singapore provides, you want to make sure you’ll be happy and productive at your job. Write down answers to the follow questions on a piece of paper to help clarify your goals:

-A little about yourself – What are your strengths, weaknesses and motivations? (What will make you perform at your best?)

-The type of work – What kind of projects do you want to work on most? (Business cards, branding, logo design, web design, etc.)

-Understanding the job market – Is your job in high demand? Is there lots of competition for your spot? (What sets you apart if there is a high level of competition?)

-Doing your research even before you start to begin your journey will be very beneficial in solidifying your goals as a junior graphic designer. If you do the right research, you can find yourself in a better position to catch the attention of sough-after employers.

Find Agencies You Want to Work For

By making a list of graphic design agencies you’d like to work for, you can use the process of elimination and finalize which agencies you’re going to contact. If you rank them based on the above criteria, it will be easier to make a decision about where you’d like to work. The size of graphic design agency is an important factor you’re going to want to consider. Normally, larger agencies we have you working on more “intern-like” duties or small jobs such as editing photos, colors, etc. but you will have access to understanding how a large agency functions as well as the feedback and support of many other seasoned co-workers. A smaller agency will be able to provide you with more responsibility on tasks and projects because of the smaller size. Although this is great, you may receive smaller compensation than a larger firm.

When seeking agencies to work for, remember to choose the one that fits you best and where you will learn the most. As a junior graphic designer, the skills you learn at your first job will prove to be invaluable – it teaches you how the graphic design industry really works in the real world (when real money is involved), it will sharpen and build confidence in your skills and improve your ability to communicate with other designers and clients. If you choose the agency that allows you to work at your full potential, you’re more likely to have complete job satisfaction.


Your resume will give your possible employer an idea of whether or not you are worth looking at further. It is important to make your resume clear and easy to read with appropriate typography choices. Your resume should reflect your design style and skill. Along with your resume, you’re also going to want to make sure you have a proper e-mail or cover letter that formally introduces yourself, what your goals are and why you’re interested in working for that specific design agency. Some important things to include in that letter include:

-Who are you
-What graphic design school you are attending and what you are taking there
-Why you are contacting this graphic design agency
-What you are hoping of getting out of working for them and why you think you’re a worthy candidate
-Any extra curricular activities you’ve participated in
-All contact information


Your portfolio is very important to landing your first job. If you attending design school, you should have some work pieces you can place in your portfolio. Remember to only select your best work to display – this will show your true potential and abilities. Many graphic designers who own agencies come across hundreds, if not thousands, of applications from junior graphic designers. They want to see portfolios and resumes that are original and stand out from the crowd. Any generic portfolios will usually not even be glanced at. If you have any special talents or specializations, be sure to focus on that!

A Major Initiative to Promote Girl Education in India

In a major initiative to promote education in the girls, Indian Government has decided to provide free education from class VI to class XII to every single girl child from this financial year onward. It has been decided that the schools seeking affiliation to Central Board of Secondary Education have to waive the fee of every girl child. Similarly if there are two girls in family, then both will we entitled to concession unto 50% in all type of fee except fee of transportation and food. The university grant commission is also going to introduce this kind of provisions soon to all courses and programs. The Government would initiate talks with other examination boards and affiliating institutions for initiating similar provisions for single girl child. UGC will also launch scholarship schemes for graduate and postgraduate course.

Any girl who is single child of her parents would we entitled to scholarship Rs 500 per month (non-medical and non -engineering) and Rs 1000 per for medical and engineering graduate courses. Rs 2000 scholarship will be given for pursuing post graduation in any recognized institute of higher education. The ministry said all these schemes and scholarship are paid out from the resources of these institutes. They further added that full transparencies would we taken while deciding about the scholarship. To perpetuate the memory of Indira Gandhi and make her the inspiration, every single girl child will we said Indira Gandhi scholars and receive recognition and support through out their education.

CBSE would also give 550 scholarships based on its class CBSE 12th result 2018 . This scholarship will be purely based on the merit bases and Rs 500 will be given per month for pursuing under graduate education in non-medical and non-engineering course. CBSE would also offer 500 scholarships every year -350 for engineering and 150 for medical. For pursuing these courses scholarship worth Rs 1000 will be given. The scholarship is based on the top rank achieved in the exams. The UGC would implement two post graduate scholarship schemes. The first and second rank holder of B.A, B.Sc and B.Com and first rank holders in 18 identified honour’s courses of all recognized universities would be given scholarship worth Rs 2000 per month for pursuing their post graduation. Scholarships would benefit 11000 students in a year. And help them to peruse their career successfully.

Do You Know These Pros And Cons Of Your Favorite Erection Pills?

Have you been thinking seriously about improving your sex life lately, and considering to buy some erection pills? Before you go for an erection enhancer pill, you should consider the size of your penis and then think again whether you actually need them or not. The size of a flaccid penis can vary from 5 to 10 cm when flaccid, but about 3 cm length variations should occur when the penis is fully erect. If you do not see considerable variation between the size of your flaccid penis and that of your erect penis, then it is very likely that you do need a pill for erection indeed.

A man’s erection is generally a sensitive issue for them. The fear and need to satisfy one’s partner makes anybody conscious of the size of their erect penis. The average length of an erect penis varies from 5 to 7 inches long. When not satisfied with their erection, many men nowadays are going for erection pills . However, these days it seems that the media are seeing to it that no man would ever be satisfied with the quality of their erection.

Everyday, personal email inboxes are flooded with a thousand of spam adverts about erection enhancing pills , boasting that the magic pill can dramatically enlarge the size of the erect penis, both in terms of length and width. Instant results are equally advertised, which is one feature about erection pills that really attract consumers. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the instant effect of these pills is in fact the USP (Unique Selling Proposition) of that particular product, as compared to other available treatments and solutions to improve erections, such as penis patches and exercises. nao consigo manter a ereçao por muito tempo

Other than helping to achieve harder erections, erection pills enhance the user’s ability to hold his erection for a much longer time period, increase his sex drive or libido, as well as enhance the quantity of semen, sperm, and ejaculation, thus generally enhancing sexual pleasure and male fertility. Overall, taking such pills increases men’s self-confidence in the bedroom. And it is a fact that the more self-confident you feel, the harder erection you will naturally achieve; it is a simple fact that if you feel better about your penis, you will perform better in the bedroom.

However, the consumption of erection enhancer pills is not risk free, and in fact may result in different types of adverse or undesired effects, depending upon the health and medical conditions of the individual users. Some men are so anxious about the quality of their erection that they go for erection enhancing pills without sufficient research about the components, risks of side effects, and laboratory history of these products. Often these people fall in the hands of medical imposters that populate the Internet.

So if you are going after erection pills, you should see both the pros and cons, and preferably consult a physician about whether they suit you or not. And who knows, maybe your erection is not as bad as you think, after all?

The Spectacular Stadiums of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

The 2010 FIFA World Cup matches will be played in stadiums all over South Africa, some of which are being specially built for the tournament. Here is an informational breakdown about the spectacular venues that will host some of the most exciting and talented soccer players from every corner of the globe in June and July of 2010.

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

On the beautiful shores of the North End Lake in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth lies the newly constructed Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The construction crews working FIFA World CUP 2018 Live Online Stream on the venue knew it had to be completed in time for the World Cup but they actually finished almost a year ahead of schedule and the stadium is already in use. The playing field of this multipurpose center has a central natural grass pitch surrounded by areas of artificial turf. Its unique domed roof only adds to the beautiful view of the lake as seen from the shore. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will host a total of eight World Cup matches including one of the quarter finals and the third place playoff game.

Green Point Stadium

The architectural splendor of the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town is nothing short of breathtaking. This is another of the stadiums that are being especially built for the FIFA 2010 World Cup, but long after the soccer stars leave town city officials intend for it to become the new WORLD CUP 2018 Live Stream Mecca for all kinds of Cape Town entertainment events; everything from soccer to opera. The outside of the stadium has been constructed using noise reducing cladding and can sit up to 70,000 spectators at any given time. Green Point Stadium will be the venue for one of the two World Cup semi finals that will be played in July of 2010.

Moses Mabhida Stadium

The other semi final will be held at the spectacular Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. This stadium, which is scheduled to be completed by December of 2009, is a testament to the sheer ingenuity of South African architecture. Its shape is inspired by the South African flag itself and when complete it will even feature a cable car that will ascend to the top of the expansive 1148 foot high arch, allowing visitors a spectacular view of the lively city down below. The stadium’s namesake was a poor farm boy who went on to engineer and develop the armed wing of the ANC, which was known as the Umkhonto we Sizwe, and played a key role in the end of apartheid in his homeland.

Ellis Park Stadium

Ellis Park Stadium, located in the heart of Johannesburg, is not a new facility, although it is underwent a significant renovation before playing host to the 2009 Confederations Cup Final showdown between Brazil and the USA. The largest piece of new construction was the addition of a new tier of seating at the north end which increased the seating capacity to 62,000. A brand new natural grass pitch has also been installed and a state of the art audio visual system installed to ensure every fan gets the best possible match experience.

Soccer City Stadium

Both the first and the most anticipated game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the final, will be played at the iconic Soccer City Stadium, also located in Johannesburg. Although newly renovated, the Soccer City Stadium has already been the site of numerous historic moments in time. It was there Opening Ceremony Performance Live Stream that Nelson Mandela held his first public rally after being freed from prison in 1990 and thousands gathered again in 1993 to mourn the assassination of Chris Hani, the charismatic man who followed in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps as leader of the ANC. The venue can accommodate an astonishing 94,700 spectators and its overall design is fashioned after a traditional South African pot called the calabash. When lit at night, the stadium is a jewel in the Johannesburg skyline.

Free State Stadium.

Free State Stadium is home to the Bloemfontein Celtic soccer team, whose fans are renowned the world over for being some of the most loyal a team could desire. Located in Mangaung / Bloemfontein, a quiet open city, the stadium has already been the venue for a huge recent soccer upset when it hosted the semi final game of the Confederations Cup in 2009 that saw the USA send European champions Spain packing in front of a capacity crowd. The Free State Stadium underwent a full renovation before the Confederations Cup that added 7,000 seats to bring its seating capacity up to 45,000.

Mbombela Stadium

Mbombela Staduim, located in Nelspruit, a city which is a part of the famous Kruger National Park, is another new construction that was commissioned especially to host World Cup 2010 games. Mbombela is the name of the municipality of which Nelspruit is a part and translated from SiSawti, one the 11 languages officially spoken in South Africa,it means “many people together in a small space.” The construction of the stadium was especially welcomed by the citizens of this beautiful area, as prior to its existence there was no real top class venue available to host international events of any kind.

Peter Mokaba Stadium

Named after its most famous son Peter Mokaba, who was a force to be reckoned with during the struggle to end apartheid, the city of Polokwane’s brand new stadium is built next to the site of the old Peter Mokaba Staduim where former African player of the year and current Chelsea soccer superstar Didier Drogba made his debut for the Côte d’Ivoire national team. The new stadium was envisioned by its architects to resemble the local natural icon the Baobab tree, as its steel structures will form “trunks” to support the jutting roof planes.

Understanding SWIFT and IBAN: Essential Details When Making A Money Transfer

SWIFT stands for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication and IBAN is short for International Bank Account Number. The vast majority of all international fund transfers are made via the SWIFT messaging system which allows banks to exchange financial data i.e. data regarding money transfers, account status, account debit and credit and so on.

The BIC Code (Bank Identifier Code) is a common substitute for a SWIFT code and both codes are usually eight to eleven characters long, containing both letters and numbers. The eight character SWIFT code identifies the bank, while the code containing eleven characters identifies a specific branch of this particular bank. At present, more than 9,000 financial institutions are using the SWIFT system in over 209 countries worldwide. A SWIFT or BIC code must always be accompanied by a bank account number (or IBAN) to identify the bank account of the beneficiary.

The International Bank Account Number (IBAN) originated in the European Union (EU) and identifies the bank’s country, the account number and check digits to verify it correctness. The IBAN code is used by all banks within the EU and in most European countries excluding Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Armenia. Outside Europe, financial institutions in Israel, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey also use the IBAN code to identify their accounts.

The U.S. and Canadian banks do not provide IBAN account numbers but accept and recognise payments made from such accounts. Recently, some experts in the United States suggested the IBAN to be adopted at federal level but the process is still at the very outset.

What is important for a money sender is that a bank cannot identify a payment or a transfer without the above mentioned codes. Every bank teller will ideally ask you to provide the SWIFT or the IBAN code of a recipient so be prepared and ask for it in advance. You can still make a money transfer without SWIFT or IBAN but you will have to use the services of a non-banking provider such as a money transfer company. A money transfer company can use its internal transaction system to transfer your funds; however, you must provide a valid ID and the recipient will be asked to provide a valid ID as well.

Before travelling abroad or sending money overseas familiarise yourself with the specifics of the local banking system of the country which you are heading to. This will help you avoid common mistakes and confusions related to the SWIFT, the BIC and the IBAN codes. It would be best to consult your money transfer specialist or to look for a money transfer expert to obtain detailed information on the money transfer options available for this country and all other relevant information.

Health Insurance Providers Are Changing the Face of Healthcare

There are many times when a person needs medical attention but is unable to get the same. The simple reason for this is the lack of money that is available for healthcare in the country. Illness can rarely be predicted. One can say that an ailment may occur given the medical conditions or the lifestyle of an individual, but nobody can predict the exact illness that you can face. When a person does not have the money to pay for treatment, he/she tries to figure a cheaper treatment. However, given the increasing cost of healthcare, this is a difficult task. This further leads individuals to just avoid the treatment unless it is extremely needed. Health insurance providers have come to the rescue of people in the country.

There are many people who do not understand the importance of medical insurance. Health insurance providers in India are growing fast. Several insurance companies dealing in other kinds of insurance have also set foot into the health insurance market. The sudden growth of this market can only be attributed to the increasing realization of the importance of healthcare in the real world. Mediclaim providers aim at offering comprehensive policies that would cover an individual in their hour of healthcare crisis.

The medical insurance providers in India now offer plans that cover nearly any kind of medical problem that a person faces. With the increase in the number of insurance plans available, the competition is growing too. There are medical insurance plans that provide coverage for inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, day-care procedures, and several other such facilities. All new medical insurance providers try to offer plans that can be used either on a cashless hospitalization basis or a reimbursement basis.

Medical science has made tremendous progress over the years. Unfortunately, the cost of this progress needs to be shared by the common man who most often cannot afford it. The main problem is that most major healthcare treatments are very expensive. People do not have the funds to pay for the same. There are numerous options of getting around this problem. But the main one is that individuals can easily get a health insurance policy which would enable them to get the treatment that is needed by them. The plans make sure that customers do not need to be worried about the payment of the treatment.

Health insurance providers bear the cost of treatment in exchange of a small sum of money known as the premium. The main point is that people need to become more aware of health insurance and the benefits of buying a mediclaim policy. There are numerous campaigns and steps that have been taken to promote this awareness. At the same time, it is also important that customers read and understand the plan before buying it. One should always be aware of the coverage provided by the policy.

Health insurance providers are also trying to change the way people perceive mediclaim plans-that they are of no use when the time comes. They have to make sure that customers can contact the company with ease regarding any grievance. This confidence has gone down and therefore insurance providers have a problem in gaining the trust of customers.The routes to access health insurance providers should be simple-calling, mailing, e-mails, SMS, etc. Customers should have the confidence that the insurance providers would help them whenever needed.

Philippines-plans Health insurance providers try to create and improve their plans so as to meet the expectations of their customers. They not only bring changes but also make additions in their plans. The additional and optional covers help people in availing more benefits while undergoing treatment. Gifting your near and dear ones with a medical insurance plan is a good choice. It is better if people start early with their insurance plans.

With the festive times creating a lot of hustle-bustle, people are looking for the most innovative gifts that they can give. One of the finest choices is that of gifting a health insurance plan. The fact that you are looking for a gift and taking so much pain means that the person means a lot to you. A medical insurance premium is a small price to pay for the kind of value the gift has. When you gift an insurance policy, the recipient would not have to worry about handling healthcare costs at all. It is a fine choice and at the same times a different and innovative one.

Tanneries of Fez, Morocco

Idriss I founded Fez, Morocco, around 789 on the banks of the River Fez. His son, aptly named Idriss II, built another town around 808. A decade later, hundreds upon hundreds of Muslim families-some refugees-moved here from as far off as Cordoba and Tunisia.

This influx formed a territorial protectorate and soon paved the way for Islam in Morocco. Almost three hundred years later, the Almohads built a wall, uniting the two cities. Fez knew no boundaries, booming to an economic, spiritual and cultural nucleus of North Africa.

The economic potential of Fez was perhaps the most advantageous. Today, craftsmen conduct business in much the same way as yesteryear. The Fez tanneries, by and large, is one of the best examples of this retained artistry. Tanning is the process of turning animal hides-namely goat, sheep, cow and camel-into soft leather.

The hides of the above mentioned animals first must have their flesh and hair removed. The hides are then placed into large vats-hearsay voices say it’s diluted, acidic pigeon excrement-then soaked in vegetable dye twice over. After rinsing and drying the hides, they are ready to be dyed into a number of various colors.

Tanners have used the vats-which can be seen from the terraces and local rooftops around them- for centuries to soak the hides after hair removal. The soaking solution-if not pigeon dung-is obtained from the pomegranate or mimosa tree. The hides are then softened even more with water rinsing and finally placed in fat solutions.

Anywhere, including rooftops, sidewalks and surrounding foothills, makes for makeshift drying racks. Just as you can see the hides laid out to dry, so you can whiff the fetor for several blocks.

The hides are often dyed using natural pigments from minerals, rocks and plants. Today, though, chemical dyes are used just the same. You can’t really tell the difference either. If you’re Tours of Morocco shopping in the many souks or leather shops, the shop owners might tell you the truth, or might simply tell you what you want to hear. A trusted tour guide or tour operator can distinguish natural versus chemical dyes.

Choose the Services of Private Detectives Carefully!

If a person is scared that whether the spouse is cheating or employees may be misusing funds from the account electronically or for some other reason, then one requires employing a Private Detective. The private detective firms nowadays provide all the corporate services like fraud investigations, loss prevention and background checks. These firms also provide Domestic services like information on missing persons, child custody/support and even technological services such as security audits, computer forensics and Hard drive Recovery.

If a person types the words Private Detective into any of the search engine then the person will definitely be swamped by agencies claiming them to be the right choice. But how can a person tell which company should be hired. These investigators are the masters of vigilance and this not at all means that they are undercover mercenary. They are only the data retrieval specialists. They have customers in the residential homes, courtrooms and business world. These spies utilize tools that involve accumulating all the information and then presenting it to the clients in a manner that answer all the client’s suspicions. If a person finds oneself only with suspicion and has no evidence then hiring the services of the detective agency in delhi is a good option.

Here are some important things that an individual will require to see for in a quality Private Investigation firm:

• License: A good investigation company will be incorporated and licensed to operate in their territory. Every state contains a licensing program and in case these companies are unable to provide the documentation of their respective license then simply one must steer clear.

• Experience: The person who wishes to hire the services of the detective agencies should check the background of these agencies. Do they have people who have worked for FBI, Military policy or law enforcement or did these agencies take a 2 weeks online correspondence course from any of these?

• Insurance: A Private Spy would be working on the respective client’s behalf and would be acting as an agent. This means the client would be accountable for anything that the agent does while working on a particular case and that even includes getting wounded. So, make sure that these companies have adequate amount of insurance cover else all the expenses will fall on the person’s shoulders to pay the bill.

Once an individual has chosen a dependable private Spying agency the person needs to ask a few queries former to hiring them. One should ask the following questions like:

• How much the company will charge for the services?

• Are they completely bonded or insured?

• Have the detectives ever been on similar cases to the one you have? If the answer is positive then how many and what was the result of those cases?

• What processes do these firms have to safeguard the confidentiality if the client requires secrecy?

Will the agent that the client is communicating with would be handling the specific case or will it be handled by some other agent. In case, if it would be handed over to some other spy then one must ask the aforesaid questions to that spy.

If one has a good meeting with the spy and the person feels satisfied by all the answers to all the questions then it is secure to hire the company to handle the case. These firms must have a modest and professional way to handle every single case and even bring justice and delivering closure to all those cases that the firm is involved in investigating.

There are huge numbers of firms available when one looks for hiring Private Investigators but it is good to search through them to look for the trustworthy professional firms.

Buying a Wireless USB Headset? Watch Out For the Following

Wireless USB headsets are definitely interesting prospects for evaluation if you are looking for headsets. Many people believe that these are the future of headsets. And they are probably right. This technology is still maturing and yet these already perform better than many wired headsets of good quality.

However, there are a few things that you would want to watch out for and make sure that you get when you shop for a device driven by this modern technology. Many of the modern features are not offered on many headsets. So you would not want to miss out cool features just because the seller was claiming their headset to be the best and never highlighting the missing features.

What are the features that you would want to ensure on your wireless USB headset? First of all, get a laser driven device. That was, the sound quality is untouched even as you use it from far away. Laser will let you listen to the sound with stereo quality.

The next aspect that you want to double-check is the coverage distance. Simply don’t fall for dealers who claim that their coverage radius of 20 feet is the best in the world of wireless USB headsets. Modern devices let you easily cover a radius of 30 to 35 feet. And at this distance too, the quality Best Usb Noise Canceling Headset of sound will simply never be degraded.

Another important aspect you would want to check is noise cancellation. A noise cancelling headphone would remove most of the background noise and transmit only the foreground sound. So this acts as a sound filter in a way that smartly removes most of the unwanted disturbances.

Of course you would also make sure that the other features such as on-device audio control, mute indicator, good ear-pads and plug and play compatibility are also a part of your wireless USB headset. These are essential features, but most of the vendors will have these in place. However, still double-check all of it before you place an order for the wireless headset.

10 Ways to Keep Divorce Lawyers From Ruining Your Life

Everyone has heard the story (from friends, co-workers, and family members) of the divorce from hell; the one that grinds on for years, costs untold thousands of dollars, and frustratingly plods its way through the court system. It costs people not only their marriage, but often their children, their savings, and their emotional well-being, as well. Unfortunately, many people going through a divorce end up hating their lawyer, and more commonly, hating their spouse’s lawyer. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can get a divorce without letting lawyers ruin your life. Using the ten tips outlined below will make a huge difference in the way your divorce progresses. It’s hard to behave rationally as you navigate this painful process, but the vast majority of people find the strength to get through a divorce without losing control of their emotions or finances. You can control the process and guide the matter to a successful solution, leaving your financial situation intact and allowing you to meet your needs now and in the future.

The reality is that lawyers are people, and like people, there are some awful ones out there and a few wonderful ones. When you hire an awful lawyer (one who creates conflict rather than resolving it, one who makes your divorce worse, rather than better) everybody involved suffers. You suffer, your spouse suffers and your children suffer. Well, not everybody suffers. The awful lawyer doesn’t suffer, so it’s important to do everything possible to avoid hiring that lawyer, because that’s the only sure way to keep divorce lawyers from ruining your life. Here’s how:

1. Don’t hire the wrong lawyer. The lawyer you hire makes a tremendous difference. Use common sense in the selection process. Be observant, ask questions, and don’t hire someone if you don’t feel good about your interaction with him or her. Here are some things to think about in an initial meeting with a lawyer: 1) does the lawyer have a direct dial phone number? You can assume that if you have to go through a secretary or paralegal to reach your lawyer, you will have a harder time reaching him or her; 2) watch out for a messy office; if the lawyer is disorganized you can assume your case will be disorganized. If you see other clients’ documents sitting out in public view, you can know that your documents will soon be sitting out in public the same way; 3) make sure the lawyer has a written client agreement that ensures that you understand your fees, rights and obligations; 4) don’t hire the dabbler – someone that does a traffic ticket case in the morning, a real estate closing in the afternoon and squeezes your case in somewhere in the middle; divorce is complicated enough that you should hire someone who does it all day long, every day; and, 5) don’t hire a lawyer taking on more cases than s/he can handle; ask the lawyer what his or her average caseload is. Handling more than 15 or 20 cases at one time causes most lawyers to become overwhelmed and ineffective. Thinking about these issues when you meet with a lawyer for the first time will help you make the right choice.

2. Don’t let a judge decide for you. The minute you (or your spouse) go to court and ask a judge to decide your divorce for you, you give up nearly all of the control you have over the process. If you want to keep your money instead of giving it to a lawyer, and if you want to maintain control over your life, DO NOT LITIGATE. Go to court only as a last resort, only if all else fails. Try negotiation, try mediation, try collaborative divorce, try settlement conferences but do not litigate. You may win at trial, but at what cost? Will you be able to dance with your former spouse at your child’s wedding? Probably not. Litigation is destructive, expensive and gut wrenching. Litigate only if you have no other option. Litigation is, unfortunately, necessary in some cases. There will always be people that just can not agree no matter how hard you try. Reserve litigation for the most desperate situations.

3. Do hire a collaborative divorce lawyer (and get your spouse to do the same thing). Now you know you want to stay out of court. Do you want your situation to be resolved as efficiently, effectively, and successfully as possible? Of course. That’s the way collaborative divorce lawyers handle divorces. In a collaborative divorce, everyone involved (lawyers and clients) signs a written pledge to keep your case out of court. This keeps everyone involved truly focused on reaching a mutually beneficial agreement, without threatening costly and destructive litigation.

4. Don’t hire a mediator without getting legal advice first. Often, people think that hiring a mediator is a substitute for hiring a lawyer in trying to resolve their divorce. The critical Avocat Succession mistake these people are making is this: mediators can not give legal advice. Their role is only to help people agree; the drawback is that they may help you agree to something that you would not have agreed to if you had sought legal advice first. Timing is everything here: using a mediator can be effective in resolving a divorce, you should never, ever hire a mediator without first obtaining legal advice from a lawyer whose only role is to represent your best interests. In fact, any good mediator will insist that you go and get legal advice before any agreement is reached, anyway. If you choose to mediate your dispute, get the legal advice before you begin mediation. It is more efficient and safer.

5. Don’t sign a blank check. Signing an agreement with a lawyer that calls for hourly billing is like signing a blank check. Be careful. Let’s face facts – hourly billing encourages what? Billing! Find a lawyer who can tell you what your case will cost. The only way to be certain of your attorney fee is to get a firm commitment on a fixed fee. Short of a fixed fee you need frequent updates on the costs that you have incurred (if it were our money we would want daily, real-time, updates over the internet) and we would want the authority to accept or reject any action that would result in our paying more money. It just doesn’t make sense to give someone the economic incentive to make your life miserable by dragging things out. Doctors don’t bill hourly – they charge you a fixed fee for your office visit or your surgery. Lawyers want you to believe that they can’t predict your fee. If they won’t tell you how much it costs then don’t buy it.

6. Do a cost-benefit analysis. In divorce, it is easy to get caught up in the emotion and make all of your decisions from that vantage point. This can be a mistake though; spending some time analyzing your case from a logical, cost-benefit perspective can pay dividends. Keep your eye on the ball and stay focused on getting the divorce finished so you can move on with your life. It is not uncommon for divorcing people to do things like spend $500 to get a $100 microwave oven. Don’t do it. If you can’t see a clear connection between your actions and achieving a final resolution of your case, then don’t take that action.

7. Do know your priorities. Frequently people going through a divorce find that their priorities change throughout the process. The things that they thought were most important when they began the process are not necessarily the same things that are most important at the conclusion. It is important that you review your priorities regularly, with your lawyer or on your own, so that you are always mindful of things that matter to you most. Staying on top of your own priorities allows you to keep your lawyer informed and better use the divorce process to obtain the results that your care most passionately about.

8. Do remain flexible. One of the most common mistakes people make when they begin a divorce is to decide that they absolutely, positively must have A, B, and C, and nothing else will be sufficient. Remaining flexible in the divorce process allows you to critically and impartially analyze all of the issues as they arise. This is especially true for people who have reviewed their priorities throughout the process (see # 7 above). Knowing what you want, and being flexible in your approach to getting it, can often mean the difference between success and frustration.

9. Do stay involved. When you hire your lawyer, don’t simply hand control of your life over to him or her and walk away. Your divorce is critical to you, and it’s too important to be delegated away and ignored. Stay abreast of developments on a daily basis. Find a lawyer who wants you to be as involved as you do. Two things to look for in a lawyer who wants to keep clients involved: same day delivery to you of all documents that come in or go out of the lawyer’s office (email is a great option for this) and 24/7 access to your case file. Ideally, your file will be available on an extranet on your lawyer’s website. If you can access your credit card and bank statements online, your divorce file should be online, on your lawyer’s website, as well. Many lawyers use technology to make your life less stressful and more convenient; find one who uses the latest technology to help you stay involved. Involved clients are able to maintain control, reduce anxiety and make better judgments about their future, which helps them to reach positive outcomes in their divorce.