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5 Reasons to Hire Vocational Experts in Family Law Cases

5 Reasons to Hire Vocational Experts in Family Law Cases

5 Reasons to Hire Vocational Experts in Family Law Cases

There are over 2 million marriages each year in the United States. Almost 800,000 of them will end in divorce.

Divorce is one of the most common family law cases out there. The process can be brutal, but having a vocational family law expert on your side will make things a little easier.

Read on to find out about five reasons why you should use a vocational expert in family law cases.

Contact The Family Law Experts1. Your work history matters in a divorce.

In family law cases, a vocational expert will collect information regarding your health, education, age, work history, and skills. This information gets tracked by looking at your resume, in-person interviews, and any other records.

If this is a divorce case, these records will allow the vocational expert to make a profile on how much you may earn after the divorce.

According to the data found, amounts for child support will be set. Your potential earnings will decide if you can provide for yourself and your children without the extra earnings from your spouse.

2. Your ex’s work history also matters in a family law case.

The same process to check for potential earnings is done on your ex-spouse. An earnings file will be created to check the legitimacy of the profile made by your spouse’s divorce team.

What if the two profiles present major differences in the family law case? It could mean there is an unfair and intentional misrepresentation about the ability to pay child support.

A vocational expert will be able to use legal tools to get your spouse to disclose the true information if any unfair tactics are suspected.

3. Local employment trends impact family law cases.

Family law cases often revolve around money, since you need to have enough to provide for your kids during a divorce.

This is why vocational experts will focus on trends that have to do with money. To determine earnings in the future, they’ll conduct a salary survey.

Knowing about trends in the industry and having access to government research is something a vocational expert specializes in. Because of this knowledge, vocational experts will be able to come up with accurate numbers about your earnings over time.

4. Your divorce team will need to understand national employment trends.

Hiring a vocational expert who knows how to look at national employment trends in family law cases is beneficial for those who work out of state or overseas.

The earning profile will include any nationwide or international income. This is easy to overlook if your legal team does not hire vocational expert for your family law case.

5. Experts know other experts, which makes for a powerful divorce team.

A final reason your divorce team will need a vocational expert in family law cases is so they can connect you with other experts.

A vocational expert can recommend the right divorce law attorney to act on your divorce team. These experts are sure to have experience and professional relationships with therapists, medical care providers, and even financial analysts.

These professionals will provide you with the necessary second opinions during your case. Hiring a vocational expert for your divorce team can help you with a variety of family law cases, not just divorce. Other case types they handle include child and spousal support, child custody, and domestic violence.

In conclusion, a vocational expert is invaluable in a family law case.

Family law cases could always use some extra help.

If you want to ensure the correct data and information is found for your case, hire a vocational expert now.

Looking for more information? Contact us, at Solutions Northwest Inc.

Solutions Northwest Inc. employs experts in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and family law. If you need our guidance, our legal experts are ready to guide you through the process.

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Working From Home Strategies: How a Pomodoro Tomato Can Keep You on Schedule

Working From Home Strategies: How a Pomodoro Tomato Can Keep You on Schedule

Working From Home Strategies: How a Pomodoro Tomato Can Keep You on Schedule

Whether you have a home office or are working remotely from home for the first time, staying on schedule can be difficult. Many remote workers claim that their home has too many distractions and they can’t be as productive as they would be in their office. But the truth is that with the right strategy you can be even more efficient while working at home.

The pomodoro technique is not only a great way to attack your to-do list, it can even benefit your mental and physical health. If you’re intrigued, read on to learn more about the pomodoro technique.

Remote Worker Ergonomics AssessmentDiscover the pomodoro technique.

The pomodoro technique has been used since the 1980s to help busy people work effectively. The technique involves alternating between 25-minute hyper-focused work periods followed by 5-minute rest periods. The name, pomodoro, was named by its inventor for the Italian word for “tomato”. This was the shape of the kitchen timer he would use to track the intervals.

The idea behind this method of working is that we can remain very focused and work effectively with a short, manageable time limit that we enforce ourselves.

The format of the pomodoro technique is straight-forward:

  1. Choose a task that you would like to get completed
  2. Set a timer for 25-minutes (does not have to be tomato-shaped, but it can be!)
  3. When the timer goes off take a 5-minute break to relax
  4. After 4, 25-minute sessions (also known as pomodori) take a longer, 15-30 minute break
  5. Repeat as many times as you can and want to for the day

There are more benefits to the pomodoro technique beyond keeping you focused at work.

Breaking up working time into smaller increments is known to improve concentration, motivation, and overall productivity. And allowing for shorter, planned rest times prevents exhaustion or feeling overwhelmed.

Additionally, this technique can help you better plan your day and stay organized when you are trying to juggle many competing priorities.

Perhaps most exciting is that there are even health benefits to working in this manner. If you use your 5-minute and 15-30 minute breaks to get up and move around, meditate, stretch, or prepare a healthy snack you are taking full advantage of every element of this technique.

You can use the pomodoro technique throughout your day.

The pomodoro technique is highly versatile. You can use it at work, cleaning your home, or doing yard work. You can interchange personal and professional tasks into your pomodoro routine as well.

If you are someone that likes organization and schedule, this technique will fit seamlessly into your life. And if you are someone that is not as organized, this technique will help you become one, easily!

The tomato is ticking, give it a shot to stay focused while you work from home.

You have nothing to lose by trying the pomodoro technique. Try it out. Write your list, find a timer, and get going!

If you don’t have a standard kitchen timer you can also use a stopwatch or regular watch. You can even use your cellphone timer or look for one of several pomodoro apps.

As always, consider getting an ergonomics assessment of your home office setup from an expert. Working from home can be a challenge. Whether your work environment is too distracting or if your wrists are hurting from improper keyboard ergonomics – there are a variety of low cost, creative solutions which an ergonomics consultant can recommend for work from home/remote-work situations.

Right now, Solutions Northwest Inc. is running a special for Virtual Ergonomics Assessments (all you need is access to e-mail or a smart phone) in order to assist remote workers and others that are new to working at home.

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Olympia, WA 98501
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San Diego, CA

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Setting Your Child up for Success with Proper Online Learning Stations

Setting Your Child up for Success with Proper Online Learning Stations

Solutions Northwest’s Ergonomics Expert, Celeste McLaughlin was featured in a Q13FOX News piece.
See the original article at Q13FOX

Remote Worker Ergonomics AssessmentWith school just around the corner, the transition from the classroom to in-home learning is going to be a reality for most students and parents. Ergonomic experts say proper e-learning environment is key to success.

Celeste McLaughlin with Solutions Northwest in Seattle advises a desk or surface and chair that fit the child. The work surface should be a little below elbow height and make sure your child’s feet don’t dangle off the chair.

Some simple at-home solutions include using a footstool below the desk and propping the child up with household items like cushions or towels.

Raise your laptop to eye-level and hook up an external keyboard and mouse to eliminate laptop hunch or tech crunch postures.

“It hurts you neck and your upper back. Doing it all day, you’re going to have problems, long term problems, so what you want to do, if you’re using a laptop, put something under that laptop so you can use it as a monitor. It can be paper, game boxes, whatever you have. You can build something fun with your kid,” said McLaughlin.

Maintaining proper headphone volume can also keep your child from leaning into their monitor. Also, be mindful of your child’s background during virtual classes. Their bedroom is their personal space and if they’re embarrassed about what people can see, they’ll make awkward postures to hide their background. A solution can be to hang a blanket behind them or use virtual backgrounds.

Have a few work stations around the house to get your child moving to prevent muscle fatigue. Limit screen time to 20 minutes with breaks in between.

Finally, experts advise having a routine with fun breaks built-in for students.

“Having that kind of a schedule reduces anxiety in children and helps them be productive. There are a lot of studies coming out that reducing their anxiety and bringing their stress level down can really help them be productive,” adds McLaughlin.

 

 

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Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
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How to Work From Home Comfortably: Tips from the Experts

How to Work From Home Comfortably: Tips from the Experts

How to Work From Home Comfortably: Tips from the Experts

As you continue to become more accustomed to working from home, it is important to learn the proper ways to stay pain-free and productive from your home workspace. Whether that means setting aside an area to create a new home office, buying an ergonomic chair or desk for your living room workspace, or simply taking more breaks and focusing on yourself. There are so many tips and tricks to make working from home more comfortable. Which is why we asked experts from Miami, FL to Seattle, WA to share their advice about the most effective ways to keep your body healthy and pain-free while working from home.

Create a functional workspace

Working from home can be an enjoyable experience if you follow these tips. Create a functional space or room dedicated to work, make sure to block out time to be most productive and make a list each night of things that are a priority to get Remote Worker Ergonomics Assessmentdone during your work time the next day. In addition, take ergonomics seriously as prolonged poor posture can cause serious issues in the spine. Make sure you’re not laying down on your bed or the couch for prolonged periods of time. –New Leaf Chiropractic

Ergonomics matter. If you are still working on the couch or at your kitchen counter, it is time to stop and set up a workstation that doesn’t put additional strain and tension on your muscles. A good chair and desk allow your body and muscles to work comfortably and safely. –Massage & Bloggywork

Take a 5-minute break every hour

Make sure your work station is set up where the monitor is at or above eye level to avoid causing strain on the neck or back. Also, taking a 5-minute break or engaging in some hamstring stretches hourly will be crucial in pulling tension off of the lower back and hips. –Corrective Chiropractic

Keep your device at raised and at eye level

To keep from hunching over your laptop, raise your device on books or a box so the top of the monitor is eye level and use an external keyboard and mouse. Also, to help you sit up straighter-raise your hips so they are higher than your knees when you sit, which also takes the pressure off your low back (fold a towel to get the seat area high enough if necessary). Remember to stay hydrated and get up and move every 30-45 minutes! -Dr. Jane H. Baxley, Posture Vitality

Avoid eye strain

Don’t forget to address eye strain with the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at least 20 feet away from the computer for 20 seconds. This is best done out a window with natural light. –The Ergonomic Expert

Try a new movement or exercise every day

The most important thing when you are unable to set up an ergonomic workspace is giving yourself some variety – it’s the spice of life and movement. If you spend a lot of time rounded (i.e. sitting), spend some time lying on your stomach or opening your posture.  Don’t limit yourself to your chair or couch – try a new movement or exercise every day to test your limits!  This ebook has some examples for you.” -Pat Carver, PT, DPT, Limitless Physical Therapy

Don’t sit in a static position for an extended period of time

Do not sit for more than 30 to 40 minutes without getting up and walking around (even briefly).  A properly set up chair and workstation are very important, but the body is not designed for prolonged static positioning. Consider a workstation where you can stand part of the day and sit part of the day, your body will thank you for this.  -Bill Hull, OrthoBethesda

Take care of your body and mind

Working from home requires taking care of your body and your mind; sitting correctly on an office chair or balance ball will help with posture and regular breaks, stretching and standing will help you physically. If you can, make a weekly visit to your spa for a relaxing massage. Take care of your mind and schedule phone calls to friends and family – it’s so important for mental health to stay connected! –Bali BISA

Focus on your alignment and posture

Consider your hips, chest, and head like a snowman and keep all three in good alignment. Be sure your feet are firmly on the ground or an elevated footrest and have everything reachable so your elbows stay close to your side, hands below elbows. Finally, remember humans must move to be healthy – be sure to get away from work and move your body every day! -Jean Massé, Advance Physical Therapy

It’s all about your attitude.  Build on a good foundation by not sitting on your tailbone and hold your stomach in, all of the time. Of course, set up your station with good ergonomics in mind and If you practice sitting for the 24 minutes standing for 20 and moving for 12 rule you’ll often prevent most of those aches and pains and increase your productivity in the process. –Align1 Solutions

Meditate to reduce stress and boost productivity

A growing body of research now supports what many people have experienced firsthand; a brief 3-5 minute meditation practice helps boost creativity, supports nonjudgmental thinking, increases productivity, and lowers overall stress.  With so many types of guided meditation available, we suggest exploring mindfulness techniques until you find what works for you. Calming the mind is a challenge for us all, so be kind to yourself and know that even a short 3-minute practice can have a huge impact on your day. –Body Techniques

Find ways to stand while working

Be creative to find ways to stand. You can place a laptop on an ironing board either on the floor, bed, countertop, or table depending on how tall you are.” –Solutions Northwest, Inc.

Focus on your breathing

I’d say most of the advice you’d get about feeling well while working from home is to stretch regularly. And, yes, you should be doing that! But, the stress of these times is not only physical; it’s emotional as well. Many of us are feeling overwhelmed, and as we move into the Autumn the qualities of lightness and dryness begin to affect us, making us feel ungrounded and anxious. Practicing alternate nostril breathing is very powerful and impactful, almost immediately. –Soma Spa

Try a series of neck rolls every hour

Sustained positions while working at home are bad for the body, and the neck/shoulders area is often the first to sound the alarm through tension and discomfort. Do your neck and head a favor by, every 30 minutes, step away from your screen and do a series of slow neck rolls – both clockwise and counter-clockwise. Kevin Bell, DPT at Kinetix Advanced Physical Therapy 

Engage in proper ergonomics

Most people suffer from back, neck, and wrist injuries due to poor posture. We recommend setting up a proper ergonomic posture with your desk surface at your hand level (ninety degrees to shoulders), eye-level (directly looking at the top of the monitor), a wrist pad, and an ergonomic chair with proper back and neck support.   With these simple steps, you can avoid most problems associated with improper ergonomics. –Star Ergonomics

Originally Published on Redfin

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San Diego, CA

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Consider an Ergonomic Keyboard While Working From Home

Consider an Ergonomic Keyboard While Working From Home

Consider an Ergonomic Keyboard While Working From Home

If you are doing remote work for the first time or have a home office, you are likely spending a lot of time typing on a keyboard for work.

Frequently writing emails, documents, or just surfing the web can cause strain on your hands. If your work requires you to use a keyboard, investing in an ergonomic keyboard may be a great option.

If you are unaware of ergonomic keyboards, don’t worry. Our ergonomics consultants are here to break it down for you.

Here are the pros and cons of ergonomic keyboards, and some popular picks.

What is an ergonomic keyboard? 

An ergonomic keyboard is designed to be comfortable and prevent pain. Most ergonomic keyboards split the keyboard in half, allowing the keyboard to cause less strain in your hands and wrists, which can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are the pros of an ergonomic keyboard?Remote Worker Ergonomics Assessment

Some of the pros of an ergonomic keyboard include more comfort, as they are designed to keep your wrists and hands in a more comfortable position for an extended amount of time.

Additionally, ergonomic keyboards allow you to find a device that adapts and works better for you, rather than dealing with a preset keyboard that may not be comfortable.

Working in comfort usually leads to more productivity, which means you can spend more time being productive and less time in pain.

What are the cons of an ergonomic keyboard?

Sometimes, relearning how to type on an ergonomic keyboard can be challenging, primarily if you are used to a more traditional style keyboard.

Additionally, due to their split design and shape, ergonomic keyboards can sometimes cause you to type slower than usual before you get used to them.

Lastly, ergonomic keyboards require an investment. Some ergonomic keyboards can be expensive. Though you are paying for a well-designed and engineered product, the price may seem high when compared to a cheap keyboard.

However, many ergonomics consultants would tell you that investing in your workspace will pay off in the long run.

What are some popular ergonomic keyboards?

Depending on your home office needs, an ergonomic keyboard may be an excellent tool to have in your work set up. Here are 3 popular ergonomic keyboards:

1. Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard
This ergonomic keyboard is popular for those who want an affordable and sleek option. Created by Microsoft, this keyboard is well made and wireless.
Though this keyboard is not adjustable, it still offers a slightly split design and slope that provides a comfortable typing experience. 

Manufacturer Link: https://www.microsoft.com/accessories/en-us/products/keyboards/sculpt-ergonomic-desktop/l5v-00001

2. Logitech Ergo Keyboard
Logitech Ergo Keyboard
The Logitech Ergo is a popular, mid-level ergonomic keyboard that is excellent for those who want a more normal typing experience. The layout is closer than other keyboards, but it still feathers out, leaving your wrists and hands relaxed and happy. 

Manufacturer Link: https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/k860-split-ergonomic-keyboard

3. Kinesis Freestyle Pro Keyboard
Kinesis Freestyle Pro Keyboard
The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is fully on-board programmable and has low-force key switches. Low force means that there is less force required to type. A tactile response reduces impact to the tips of the fingers.

This ergonomic keyboard is a favorite of the ergonomics consultants at Solutions Northwest Inc., check out a detailed review here: https://www.solutionsnw.com/2018/06/19/kinesis-freestyle-pro-keyboard-review/

Manufacturer link: https://kinesis-ergo.com/shop/freestyle-pro/

Find the ergonomic keyboard that is right for you.

Working remotely from home can be difficult, make things easier with proper ergonomics. If you’re having trouble deciding how to set up your home office workspace, we recommend contacting our ergonomics experts.

Right now, Solutions Northwest Inc. is offering Virtual Ergonomics Assessments for office workers, home office workers, and remote workers that may need help for only $50. Contact us to schedule an ergonomics consultation or ergonomics assessment for your office today!

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Contact the Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

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Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

San Diego, CA

877-976-9462

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

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