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Many people don’t want to hear that you can’t have it all: a thriving law practice, a great family life, time with friends, and more. The truth is that you’ll have to sacrifice in one area of your life to give more to another area. Life has seasons, and it’s up to you to decide which sector deserves more attention in those seasons.

It’s no secret that learning to balance a family with a successful law practice requires boundaries. But when you’re working with your mom and your husband as your law partners, is that even possible?

In this episode of Great Practice, Great Life®, Cary Moss, Managing Partner at Sawyer & Sawyer in Orlando, Florida, talks to Steve about the shifts she made in her practice to make time for her family. Desperate for a change in the rat race she was running, Cary attended an Atticus workshop, which led her to change her hiring practices and invest in her team members’ growth opportunities.

Cary didn’t always have the balance in her life she enjoys today, but when it came to raising her young boys, she devoted her Fridays to them instead of her work. She recognized that putting her personal priorities on her calendar ahead of professional obligations meant she could put family first. Hear Cary’s three strategies for creating more time with your family, how her hiring methods have changed since she began her law career, and the challenges she faced as she went into partnership with her mom and her husband.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • What led Cary to law school, how she ended up as a law partner to her mom, and why her husband joined the firm as well
  • The challenges Cary, her mom, and her husband faced as they learned to run the practice together with Cary as the managing partner
  • The boundaries she set surrounding time with her kids and her advice for someone who’s trying to build a successful practice and balance it with parenting
  • What her turning point was, and how it changed her perspective on work
  • Three strategies she’d give to others to create more time with their families
  • Why she recently brought two team members with her to an Atticus workshop and wants to nurture their growth
  • What she looks for in new team members today and how her hiring process has changed
  • How putting what’s important to you on your calendar first shifts your priorities
  • Cary’s advice to her younger self and how she’d encourage someone else to take the first step

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Supporting Resources:

Cary Moss: Adjunct Practice Advisor & Attorney

Dominate Your Market

Sawyer & Sawyer Professional Association

Steve Riley

Certified Practice Advisor & Attorney

Steve Riley has coached attorneys for more than 20 years. His one-on-one coaching focuses on a limited number of top producing attorneys committed to taking their practices to new levels of excellence, profit, and personal success. He also presents at group coaching workshops around the country for individual law firms, state bar associations, and other legal organizations.

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