Thursday, May 25, 2023

Time to Say Goodbye

Happy Thursday, all! Enjoy this upcoming long weekend and the unofficial start to summer!

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and today will be my last blog post on behalf of The Law Office of Marcie Baker.

On May 13th, I officially graduated from Stetson University College of Law and received my Juris Doctorate. It was a wonderful day celebrating 3 years of hard work and all the family, friends, and mentors who helped me reach that point.

I have now begun intensely studying for the Florida Bar Exam, which will be held for two days on July 25th and 26th. While I have an exhausting road ahead, I am looking forward to putting it all behind me and chasing my dream of being an attorney and helping to serve others.

This fall, I will begin working full-time as an Associate Attorney for a law firm in downtown Tampa. While I am excited for this next chapter in my legal career, I will truly miss my time as an employee of The Law Office of Marcie Baker.

Marcie and everyone at the office not only shaped me into the person that I am today and provided me skills and guidance to succeed, but also became close friends, confidants, and supporters. I will forever be grateful that they helped me survive two years of law school and were there to provide laughter, support, and an escape from days filled with textbooks and homework assignments.

I would also like to thank all of you. For reading, staying tuned to kitty updates, and supporting me as I tried my hand at handling all the social media for a law firm. It was daunting at first, but I truly loved the chance to play a behind-the-scenes role in promoting both the firm and legal knowledge.

Though my time on the blog is at an end, all my entries will continue to be available on the blog website itself, or on The Law Office of Marcie Baker’s website. Don’t forget to check the sources at the bottom of each entry for more information. And, as always, contact our office with questions or to set up a free consultation.

That’s all from me, for now. Feel free to follow my journey via LinkedIn, or if I return to post anything on behalf of Marcie. Until then, be kind to one another, ask for help when you need it, and pet cats whenever you can. It’s not truly goodbye, just see you later.

**The thoughts and information contained in this blog do not constitute legal advice of any form. If you need legal advice or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our office.

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Interesting Facts About Lawyers

Happy Thursday, all! It’s hard to believe that May is already halfway over. This year is absolutely flying by. Today, I wanted to have a little fun and share some facts and statistics about lawyers that I think you will all find interesting. Enjoy!

As of 2023, how many lawyers are there in the world?

- According to World Population Review, the United States easily leads the world in the number of lawyers – with 1.26 million total! The top three states with lawyers in the US are New York, California, and Florida.

- The second, third, and fourth countries with the most lawyers are Italy (248,000), Germany (158,000), and Romania (24,000).

- The smallest country that we all often forget about, is Vatican City. Obviously, with a population of 518, you are not going to find many residents who are also lawyers!

How many family law lawyers are there in the United States?

- As of 2023, there are almost 72,000 people employed in the Family Law and Divorce industry.

- Surprisingly, since 2017, this industry has continued to show a slight decline in the number of lawyers who specialize or work in this area.

- Massachusetts, Washington, New York, and Alaska have the highest salaries for family lawyers, all over six figures!

- Sadly, Florida ranks 48th, not paying family law lawyers nearly enough in my opinion.

How many bankruptcy lawyers are there in the United States?

- The most recent statistic I could find was from 2020, and I have linked that source below. According to IBIS World, there are almost 25,000 lawyers employed in the bankruptcy industry.

- This number is unsurprising and here are the top 5 states with the highest bankruptcy rates: Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, and Illinois.

- Florida is not on the top 10 list of states with the highest bankruptcy – which is probably a good thing!

How many Workers’ Comp. lawyers are there in the United States?

- As of 2023, there are almost 180,000 lawyers employed in the Personal Injury and Work Comp. industry.

- Specifically working in Work Comp. produces a smaller number, less than 500, but still on the rise.

- This overall number has steadily increased since 2004 and is projected to continue to do so through 2029.

Hope you all enjoyed these fun facts and statistics. Check out the sources linked below to learn more! And, as always, feel free to contact our office to set up a free consultation if you or someone you know is dealing with a legal case that you believe Marcie Baker can assist you on.


**The thoughts and information contained in this blog do not constitute legal advice of any form and should not be relied on. If you have any legal questions or concerns, please contact our office.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Healthy Ways to Deal with Stress

Hi all! Another week has flown by. I hope everyone is enjoying May so far and looking forward to summer! Today I want to address a topic that affects us all. Stress. Whether in your day-to-day life or due to a legal claim/issue, stress can turn our world upside down and make us feel like we have lost control.

Here are some tips and tricks to deal with and overcome stress:

1. Get moving! You don’t have to be a super athlete or sign up for a marathon, but a walk in the sun, swimming at the beach, or a bike ride around the neighborhood can help release built-up tension. Plus, fresh air is always a bonus!

2. Take one thing at a time. You may be bombarded from all sides with all kinds of stress, but in order for you to prioritize and not become completely overwhelmed you need to separate all of your stressors and attack them one at a time. That way, you can check them off your list and devote your full attention to successfully conquering the next hurdle that life throws your way.

3. Take breaks from the news and social media. In a world of instant gratification and one horrific news story after another, one of the best things that you can do for yourself is to step back, take a break, and refocus. The world will go on without you scrolling Twitter or Tik Tok for countless hours every day, and, you may just realize how unimportant social media can be when there are real-life situations that need addressing.

4. Talk to others. If therapy is your thing, then sign up with or talk to a therapist! If it’s not, talk to a friend, family member, or close confidante who will really take the time to listen to your concerns and help you work toward a solution. Ultimately, it is always better to get those feelings and emotions out instead of internalizing them.

5. Identify your stress signals. Figure out what makes your heart start to race or your fists to clench. Once you realize these triggers, you’ll be able to better prepare for them the next time around as well as learn how to calm yourself down before becoming so overwhelmed that you feel like you have lost control.

6. Create a list or journal. Sometimes we just need to do a brain dump. Whether that is making a to-do list so that accomplishing all that is stressing you out seems more manageable or, journaling your thoughts and feelings, putting words to paper will help calm you down and prioritize what needs to be done to alleviate stress in your day.

I hope that today’s blog offered some solutions and new ideas to tackle any stressful situation that life throws your way. Whether it be from a legal issue or life in general, know that you are not alone and that there are ways for you to deal with whatever stress may arise in your life. If

you need to discuss a legal claim that is causing you extra stress, please do not hesitate to contact our office to set up your free consultation.

**The thoughts and information contained in this blog are in no way legal advice of any form. Should you have questions or need to speak with an attorney, please contact our office.


Thursday, May 4, 2023

Juggling Work-Life Balance and Bankruptcy

Hi all, Happy Thursday. I can’t believe it is May. And I officially graduate in less than two weeks!

Welcome to our second week of work-life balance posts. After divorce last week, I would like to focus this week on juggling work-life balance during and after a bankruptcy proceeding.

1.) Maintain a job. Whether you are at your pre-bankruptcy job or starting a new one, you need to maintain employment so that you can rebuild credit and show creditors that you are working towards a stable income. This does not mean running yourself into the ground working 3-4 jobs but do find something that works with the changes of your life and offers you a stream of income.

2.) Establish a budget that you can stick to. Doing this may mean you change your work schedule to maintain an income, but it also may mean that you change your lifestyle so that you do not feel overworked and overwhelmed. Perhaps you are working less as you deal with the bankruptcy so that means less eating out, shopping trips, etc. Or, you may require some added hours, provided that you can handle the workload. Each person is different, but it is best to find a way to work and handle your life changes without taking on more than you can handle.

3.) Avoid unnecessary post-bankruptcy debt. This is similar to the point above. But, doing so will allow you to not feel like you have to take on an extra job or several hours of overtime work. Again, this is about finding a balance in your life and doing things to make sure you are removing, not adding stress. Obviously, buy what you need and what works for you, just consider how much and how often.

4.) Don’t forget to practice self-care. Like my divorce post, I’ll say it again – this is important in all aspects of life, but especially during a bankruptcy proceeding. You could go on a run for work, take a walk on your lunch break, or take a short vacation to get a change of scenery and a renewed mindset. No matter what you do, you have to remember to put yourself first.

I hope you all found this second work-life balance post helpful. While this week highlights another juggling act, it is not one that is impossible to achieve. Remember, it is okay to ask for help, and don’t hesitate to contact our office whenever you have questions or concerns about bankruptcy or anything else related to your legal claim.


***The thoughts, ideas, and information in this blog do not serve as legal advice of any form. Should you have any questions or legal concerns, please contact our office to set up a free consultation.

Time to Say Goodbye

Happy Thursday, all! Enjoy this upcoming long weekend and the unofficial start to summer! Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and to...