Let a Freelancer Help You Enjoy Fall

The days are getting shorter.  There’s a nip in the air.  Leaves are turning.  It’s time to enjoy fall before the snow flies. What should you do to enjoy it? Go to a Wild game in St. Paul.  The season is just starting. Go leaf-watching.  Here’s where the best color is now. There will be some rainy blustery days.  Take that time to bake a cake.  A simple one or something more complicated. Check out the new exhibit at the History Center on the history of suburbia in Minnesota. Walk around a lake with your kids.  Any lake. And help your kids with their homework. Six things you can spin off – to free up more time:  Some legal research.  A freelancer can do some research you may need for trial or appellate briefs.  Or just for assessing the strength of a case. Drafting some motion papers.  A freelancer can draft motion papers for you.  Pieces of a brief or a memorandum.  Or the whole thing. Putting a brief together.  A freelancer can help assemble the facts, research and argument you need for a winning brief. Get help with estate and probate matters. Discovery.  A freelancer can help go through documents to respond to discovery.  Or help draft your discovery requests. Get help with E-discovery in particular. Editing.   A Freelancer can edit briefs or other papers for you. Get help with your website, blog or CLE materials. Whatever it is that you like to do – reading for fun, hunting, going to galleries, watching kids grow, or just goofing off – figure out how a freelancer can help you make that happen. Think about your practice, what you don’t like doing, what can be spun off.  You can do lots of things with time you conserve when you get outside legal help.  Hire an experienced freelance attorney to free...

Enjoy This Spring — With Freelance Help

We have all made it through another winter.  We have been feeling some balmy spring breezes. And we are all craving some time outside. So, what are good uses of our spring time? And what can you delegate to a freelancer to help make that happen?     Five spring time ideas: Go to the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in Minneapolis.  You will see spectacular spring wildflowers early in the season before the trees leaf out.  Like trillium, pasque flower, and jack-in-the-pulpit.  And then a changing array of other beautiful flowers and plants, as other things come into season.  You will want to go more than once. Go to the Como Park Conservatory for the spring flower show.  You will be able to see the spring favorites like tulips, hyacinth, and lilies before they are in bloom in our own yards.  Just the thing to keep us going on blustery April days.  Through April 26.  After the spring show, you can plan to see the summer flower show with hollyhock, zinnias, roses and geraniums. Buy tickets for a Saints game in the new stadium.  The opening game will be on May 10 and tickets are on sale now. There will be some blustery and rainy days.  Think about going to the Minnesota History Museum to see the “We are Hmong Minnesota” exhibit.  It’s been 40 years since the first Hmong people came here.  The exhibit shows their traditions, challenges and contributions. Survey your yard without snow in it.  Decide what to plant and where to plant it.  Haul out the grill and all your grilling equipment.  So you’re ready to plant.  And ready for some good grilling. Five things you can spin off to free up more time:  Some legal research.  A freelancer can do some research you may need for trial or appellate briefs.  Or just for assessing...

My Holiday Mice

Last year, a good friend had a holiday party. And the highlight for me was a special confection:  little chocolate mice made from a maraschino cherry dipped in chocolate and attached to a Hershey’s Kiss. The cherry stem makes a tail and the point of the Kiss makes a mouse snout, with sliced almonds for ears. I decided to make these chocolate mice for holiday parties and gifts this year. So I called the maker—Sid—to find out if she could make me some. And Sid told me, “You can make these yourself. It’s easy.” And she told me just how she does it. Part of it involved going to different locations—like Costco—to get specific ingredients. As Sid described her method, I realized I could do it. And I could do it well. But was that going to be a good use of my holiday time? My time was going to be spent on special trips to get ingredients, mobilizing equipment, and going through some trial and error to get the technique right. So I asked Sid to make the mice for me and she agreed. The mice were beautifully made. And I ended up with some extra time for work and for holiday festivities. Getting help was the right decision. Would you like help with your legal work? A freelance attorney can do work that you could do yourself but don’t want to. A freelance attorney can help free your time for other work. Or marketing. Or pleasure. What can you spin off? Research? Writing? Depositions? Let us know. Karen graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1986, first in her class. She then clerked for three years: one year for a Minnesota Supreme Court justice, and two years for a federal district court judge. Later she became a partner at two firms… MFAN Bio | Email |...

Brain Science, Mark Twain and Proofreading: Why a Freelancer Will Help

Why do we keep missing things when we proofread our own work? And what can we do about that? The answers lie in brain science. The brain operates at two levels: a conscious, more careful mode, and an unconscious, instinctive level. That unconscious level processes outside conscious awareness. To prevent overload when operating in that mode, the brain shows us what we expect to see. So if there’s an extra identical word, the brain will not “see” one of them. Or if we use the word “there” when “their” is correct, we’ll see “their.” Mark Twain wasn’t a brain scientist, but he understood all this. He said about proofreading: And then there is that other thing: when you think you are reading proof, whereas you are merely reading your own mind; your statement of the thing is full of holes & vacancies, but you don’t know it, because you are filling them from your mind as you go along. There are some ways to “trick” your brain into seeing your copy fresh. One way is to read the text backwards, sentence by sentence.. Without the ability to put the text in context, your brain will be more likely to see grammar and spelling errors. You can accomplish some of the same things if you read paragraphs out of order. You might read your text out loud. This will help you circumvent the brain’s autocorrect process. Printing the document may also help you “see” the text differently. Or, have someone else review your text. Another reader will see the errors your brain is screening out. Freelancers are available to help you with this. Freelancers can help with all aspects of your writing, from proofreading to more substantive editing, to research and original writing. A freelancer reviewing your text may be more likely to see things as your judge will, as...

Let a freelancer help you enjoy this fall!

Let a freelancer help you enjoy this fall! The State Fair has come and gone. Nightfall is coming earlier. There is a nip in the air at night. We all know what that means: summer has come and gone, and fall is here. But fall brings its own special pleasures. Let a freelancer help you with your workload, so you can enjoy the season.   What are some good fall opportunities? And what can you delegate to a freelancer to help make that happen? Five autumn ideas: Drive up to the North Shore and look at changing fall colors. Or drive down to Winona for more fall brilliance. Go to an apple orchard and pick up special apples and apple cider. Or go to a pumpkin patch and pick up pumpkins for carving. Go through a corn maze and ride on a hayride. Visit the scarecrow festival at Emma Krumbee’s. Kids will love this. Cruise the farmers’ market. Everything that comes in at the end of the season is in peak condition. All kinds of squash. Pumpkins. Gourds. Apples. Tomatoes and corn for a while. Some surprising things like rhubarb (my favorite). Head to one of the craft breweries. Take a tour and bring home a growler of your favorite. Stroll through a favorite museum. One idea is the History Center. A show that looks good is “Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.” Featuring things like Gumby, Mr. Potato Head, and Hot Wheels. Again, might be fun to see with kids. Five things you can spin off – to free up more time: Some legal research. A freelancer can do some research you may need for trial or appellate briefs. Or just for assessing the strength of a case. Drafting some motion papers. A freelancer can draft motion papers for you. Pieces of a brief or a memorandum....

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