Paula M. Jones

Paula M. Jones, Esquire has been practicing international and domestic estate law for over twenty years. Prior to practicing law, she spent a decade managing the membership department of a telecommunication trade association where membership increased from 5,000 to 15,000 members and expanded to over 100 countries. She has applied her management and marketing experience throughout her legal career, building her own client base, leading to the opening of her own practice in 2016.

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You Are Your Own Foundation

by Paula M. Jones
When I was in third grade, I was waiting for my mother to pick me up outside my elementary school after rehearsal for the school play.  It was winter and it began to get dark.  Despite the fact that my mother was always on time – always - I never seemed able to shake my doubts that she would actually show up.  I would wonder what I would do if she never showed up and begin to panic a bit.  I felt rather helpless looking out at the dark road, straining to see the unmistakable outline of the family car’s headlights, heading toward me.  Only then would I exhale.  

My classmate, Jennifer, was also waiting for her mother – and her...

How To Find A Job You Love - Part Two

by Paula M. Jones
“If it makes you happy, it is what you are supposed to do” – Pat Rodegast In Part One of “How To Find A Job You Love”, you learned to identify your Networks and reach out to Network members to expand your contacts within your field of interest. Now, you are going to reach out to those contacts and set up meetings with them. Each meeting is an opportunity to expand your Network even more. Yes, you will receive good advice and an opportunity to speak to people in your desired practice area. Yes, you will hear all kinds of different perspectives from a variety of practitioners. However, ultimately, you are trying to find a job. The more people you meet with,...

How To Find A Job You Love - Part One

by Paula M. Jones
“You are not given a dream unless you have the capacity to fulfill it” – Jack Canfield Well, you did it.  You graduated either high school or college - or graduate school.  Maybe you are still a student, planning for graduation and wanting to gain work experience in your field of interest.  Perhaps graduation is still on the horizon and you need to find something permanent.  Maybe you are one of those non-traditional students, getting an education while continuing to work your day job.  How do you make a switch from your present area of employment to a brand new field?  In the words of my jobless stepson, mere weeks before his college graduation - during a global pandemic no less...

Dealing with Difficult People: The Perfectionist

by Paula M. Jones
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.” – Anne Lamott Have you ever encountered the kind of people who expect the impossible from others? They view anything less than perfection as a failure. They hyper-focus on your mistakes and they never seem to notice all the things that you do right. You, my friend, have encountered a perfectionist. While at first blush this term may seem like a compliment, the reality is that it is not. Perfectionists should really be called “imperfectionists” because they don’t look for the perfection in others - they look for their imperfections.

There is a difference between a person with high standards and a Perfectionist. High Standards people are positive people who appreciate and strive for excellence....

When To Say “No Thanks”

by Paula M. Jones
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. William Faulkner When I first graduated from law school I had a successful interview at a small firm. We discussed employment terms, including salary and a start date and they told me they would send a formal offer letter. The letter never arrived and after leaving several phone messages over the next few weeks, I finally was told that the firm was not going to hire anyone new.

I still remember the devastation I felt after finally realizing that my very first job offer to practice law was never going to arrive. I had spent weeks telling everyone about my new job and had finally...