KarenAStansbury Profile

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Location: Litchfield, CT, United States

Member Since: June 2011

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After twenty years of playing trial lawyer in Connecticut civil and family courts, I decided to go for my dream!  I opened my own publishing company in February 2011--Lakeland Terrier Press, LLC, named for my beloved dog, Emma--and I have just published two legal novels.

I like to help people.  I love the Aha moment, when a client finally sees what the problem is, or what the pattern of behavior has been that has been holding her/him back.  That, in a nutshell, is what my books are about!  I used many true stories, and wove them into a series starring Attorney Emma Carbury (yes, she is also named after my dog!)  The titles are Stay Balanced! and Eyes Up, Heels Down (horseback riding terms, used as themes for lessons learned in each novel) and I am currently working on the third book in the series, Inside Leg, Outside Rein.  They are available on the Lakeland Terrier Press, LLC website at lakelandterrierpress.com. 

As a long time insider, I wanted to reveal why the only people who ever benefit from litigation are lawyers.  My stories, featuring an egotistical boss, narcissistic mother, and challenging clients, are humorous, and often laugh out loud funny.  But they also delve into bigger, fraught topics like economic abuse within marriages, bullying, and incest.

My books teach the public to avoid the usual traps:  litigation, narcissistic partners, giving up financial power, and medicating rather than dealing with an issue.  The public will be enlightened in ways that have rarely appeared elsewhere, as attorneys typically only write for each other.  Lawyers operate in a kind of secret brotherhood.  They want the public to remain ignorant, because an informed person would be much less likely to hire a litigation attorney, especially in the family law sphere.

Am I traitor to my profession?  Please read my books and tell me what you think!  My goal is to empower my readers to keep their own counsel, analyze carefully what they have heard, and above all, to go with their gut instincts.  After more than twenty years of hearing the same stories from clients, over and over, I am glad to have this opportunity  to sound a wake up call about a system that in my opinion, no longer works. 

I have always believed that self trust is the key to happiness!


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