Relieving Stress On Your Legal Journey

AJ Gilead

Relieving Stress On Your Legal Journey

| 5 min

Starting a legal case is a highly stressful situation that can often be overwhelming. At times, it can present one of the most challenging periods in a person’s life.

Going through legal process has all the ingredients that make up a recipe for high stress levels: 

  1. Fear of change: Whether it is a divorce, case, or a criminal arrest, people are afraid that their lives will never be the same again. In particular, the fear of losing a loved one, losing children, or losing financial stability can intensify the stress that comes with the legal process. 
  2. Uncertainty: During a legal case, people experience a high level of uncertainty that stems from the complexities of legal processes, the lack of legal knowledge for those who aren’t an expert lawyer, and the lack of established, frequent and timely communication channels between clients and the legal system. 
  3. Judgmental procedure: During a legal procedure, people can sometimes face discrimination that highlights their disadvantages. 
  4. Lack of harmony between the client and the system: While the healthcare system's goal is to improve every patient's health, the judicial system doesn't necessarily worry about the wellbeing of every person involved in it. The legal services market is mostly concerned about profit rather than providing a transparent, accessible, and affordable service. 

It’s natural to feel worried about the case’s outcome – and overwhelmed by its uncertainty and potential implications. For some clients, figuring out how to finance the case can compound those concerns. On top of these disquieting thoughts, each kind of legal case brings with it a complex flurry of sentiments and considerations that further take up valuable headspace and emotional energy.

For instance, a divorce case – often infused with feelings of guilt, vindictiveness, and sometimes solitude – involves potentially life-altering decisions that can impact a person's relationship with their children or their financial wellbeing. Spouses who are surprised with divorce papers are more than often disadvantaged in the situation, experiencing even higher levels of stress.

A criminal case can pose potential danger to a persons' record. It could affect their ability to hold a driver’s license, rent an apartment, take out a loan, or work in some professions. A criminal charge could significantly harm a persons' financial and vocational future.

While these examples highlight completely different legal areas and conundrums, they also demonstrate the emotional distress that commonly undergirds legal proceedings. The silver lining behind these similarities is that regardless of the legal case you find yourself in, there are ways to manage the stress that the situation evokes.

Alleviating anxiety will not only help a client feel better, it will also liberate some brainspace to focus on the case in a proactive, effective manner. Heightened stress when dealing with legal processes can negatively impact the case’s outcome. Moreover, stress can have adverse long-term health effects. A study by Sbarra (2015) found that 15% of its sample population developed signs of depression and a 23% chance of developing life-threatening health conditions after experiencing separation or divorce. These findings underscore the importance of managing the stress that legal proceedings can provoke.

There are actions you can take to ease the tension, which we highly recommend. They can help you reduce uncertainty, acquire more control over your process, and improve your confidence during these difficult times:‍

1. Take the collaborative route

Why not take the emotional conflict off the table and settle on a more amicable process? When you can collaborate with the other side on a solution, the legal process' major stress factors – cost, time, privacy, and emotional conflict – are reduced. It doesn't mean you have to compromise your rights. In a collaborative divorce, for instance, the process is overseen by each party's respective lawyers, and those who decide on the final solution are the parties themselves, rather than a judge. 

It is important not to confuse collaborative law with arbitration or mediation. Arbitration concerns a situation where the parties ask for an arbitrator to make a final decision for them, while mediation is a process in which a mediator works with both parties to come to a settlement agreement. In the case of collaborative law, the mediator does not decide for the parties but instead helps them reach common ground. Mediation can occur online and is a COVID-friendly process for those who prefer a quicker response. ‍

2. Don't infer from other cases to your case.‍

Never make assumptions about the laws that apply to your case according to what you may have heard from friends, family, or from videos you may have seen. Doing that can put you into an unnecessary emotional situation when those parameters might not apply to your case. The most effective way to assess your case is to talk it over with a qualified attorney and understand your unique situation.

3. Clear your schedule ‍

Sometimes you need to proactively make time to attain peace of mind. Finding time in busy schedules is no easy feat, and adding a legal case to the list of things you’re juggling doesn’t help. We know that your time is valuable and hard to come by, yet clearing out a space in your schedule is important for your case. That’s why we make our resources available online, letting you connect with a Case Manager anytime, from anywhere. On top of that, there are cost-effective and stress-reducing ways to make time for your case:

  • Make sure you get enough quality sleep. Your mind is more productive when it’s well rested.
  • Reduce your time on social media or perusing the internet. Instead of scrolling mindlessly through Facebook or Instagram, use that time to follow up on your case.
  • At the same time, your mental health benefits from maintaining balance: don’t swear away all your hobbies or activities that make you happy – those are also important stress-busters! Just make sure that you spend your leisure time mindfully: focus on your breathing, spend time with loved ones, and let your mind flow. Reducing anxiety will help sharpen your focus, benefiting your ability to work on your case.
  • On a similar note, try journaling. It can help you offload emotional baggage, work through what’s bothering you, and ultimately make you feel calmer and more refreshed.

4. Learn the laws and know your evidence

“Ignorance is bliss” is not the recommended motto when it comes to a legal case. Knowledge is power when it comes to litigation. Learning the law that applies to your case, studying the evidence, and taking sustainable action for every unexpected twist and turn can save you from uncertainty. You don't have to take law classes – simply read the relevant guides and consult with your attorney about reading material.

How does Marble, as an innovative law firm, remove stress from the equation? 

Another way to deal with stress before embarking on a legal journey is partnering with a law firm that understands clients and their challenges. 

We built Marble as a client-first law firm with the aim of taking as much stress out of the legal process as possible. We do so by pairing technology with expert legal teams on a collaborative platform that produces a stress-free, transparent, and friendly experience for people when they need it most. 

The result is a process that is simpler, more accessible, and more convenient than what clients would expect from a traditional law firm. 

1. Free Case Assessment 

Our free case assessment simplifies the sign-up process and saves clients the hassle of going through a long and daunting process of finding lawyers and negotiating fees. You can schedule a free case assessment at your convenience from any device.

During the assessment, you'll get introduced to a Marble Agent, a person trained to help you, who will create a preliminary assessment of your case and your needs. 

Marble is an honest and transparent law firm, and that is why we won’t waste your time if we don’t believe we can represent you. We will be straightforward about representation from the beginning, so you won't have to wait too long or go back and forth with our team. 

If we can help you, our Marble Agents will provide you with an estimated flat-fee quote and pair you with a Legal Care Team –including a lawyer with expertise in your legal matter– to conduct a Strategy Session. We will be able to schedule the Strategy Session at the earliest time slot possible so that things won’t be up in the air for too long. As well, get instant relief knowing that most of our sessions can be scheduled same-day.

2. Strategy session  

With a typical law firm, a Strategy Session starts with asking administrative questions and is characterized by confusing lawyer jargon. Thanks to our remote free assessment, Marble's attorneys will already be fully briefed on your case and unique needs and goals right from the start, meaning that  your lawyer will be equipped with all the information they need. 

This allows our Strategy Sessions to be 100% focused on strategizing for your case. In simple terms, without the complex legal jargon, your attorney will provide an overview of your case, outline what you will face down the road, plan a strategy to solve your issue, and explain what you will be required to do. 

As a client-centred law firm, we pick the best lawyers in their practice areas that have an average experience of 17 years. We harness and bolster their expertise by  providing them with the digital platforms and tools to meet our higher standards of service and professionalism. 

Our strategy sessions are fair and affordable, costing no more than $99. Only when you feel you want to move forward, we present you with a final flat-fee pricing and the opportunity to sign an engagement letter. That way, you can make an informed decision on whether to hire our legal care team. Should you sign us on, you will have a legal care team that is on your side within a couple of hours.

3. Online updates and availability to provide answers

Our communication channels – such as text messages and phone calls – are open for you to get all the answers to your questions. A caring, dedicated Case Manager is available for you throughout your case to make sure you'll never be left in the dark. Being consistently informed on your case and knowing that your Legal Care Team is doing the best for you at every step of the way leaves some of the stress out of the process.

4. A flat-fee pricing

While most lawyers and law firms bill hourly, leaving the final price a mystery, Marble works as a flat-fee law firm. By doing so, we reduce uncertainty from the start, so you don't have fees in the back of your mind while your case is in progress. 

We also devised multiple, flexible terms of payment to make things convenient and more accessible. You get to choose between paying your fees upfront for 10% off or to pay in instalments over time. We allow you to pay online with any credit card instantly, or opt in to get a full loan from a third-party lender. 

Pick your battles when it comes to stress

As a client involved in the judicial system, you don't need to be the hero. You've got enough on your plate. Whether it’s a messy divorce, having to reinstate your rights as an employee in your workplace, or having to deal with getting pulled over by the police unlawfully, you deserve an easy and accessible legal service that gives you the peace of mind you need. Choose your law firm carefully and ask what it can do to make your life easier when it comes to legal proceedings.

Jan 26, 2021
AJ Gilead