Communication and a Good Rock Song Horacio Sosa’s Advice to Reduce Stress
April is National Stress Awareness Month, so I thought we’d talk about why alleviating stress is so vital to our clients and their cases. The most important part of my job is listening to your story. Those worries that keep you awake at night? They can keep me awake, too. As challenging as it is, I want you to be completely open about your struggles. I know from experience that having a high load of stress makes it difficult to take your mind off your problems. When you’re going through legal struggles alone, it’s harder to focus on your personal and professional life. That’s why I want to talk about two ways you can reduce stress while we take care of your case: honest communication with your attorney and exploring hobbies to open your mind in a new way. Let’s Talk About It When clients tell an attorney about their fears and issues, as much of a nightmare as they are to explain, their case can go so much smoother afterward. Sometimes, luckily, I can calm a client down right away. For example, my clients will tell me, “Horacio, if I don’t have a will, the state is going to take my kids and my home. What should I do?” “Listen, the state can’t take your home or your kids,” I tell them. At least in Florida, when someone passes on, the law prioritizes family when giving up their possessions. For example, were you married? Did you have kids? By default, these are the people who will inherit your assets first. Did you have two marriages/families? Then, unless your will says otherwise, your belongings are split in half between the two families. Writing a will is only designated to change these default inheritance laws should you disagree with them. For example, a long-
time boyfriend or girlfriend won’t inherit their partner’s belongings by default; a will can ensure a nonmarried partner gets their proper share. I’m happy to take on your stress if you’re willing to share it with me — just ask my wife. She’s one of my favorite people to talk to when work gets really busy. We’ll still spend time with each other at home or go out for a nice dinner. I enjoy the relief I get from coming home. Spending time with her and our dog gives me a lot of happiness. Get Involved in Other Things I think it’s important to always make time to spend with others or put your mind on something new. Not everyone knows this about me, but music is also a big part of my stress relief. I’m a guitar player of an ‘80s–’90s rock band called Loose Change. We play all sorts of music from alternative and acoustic rock to blues. We play Tom Petty, Queen, Foo Fighters, the Rolling Stones, and INXS. One of my favorite songs to play is called “Even Flow” by Pearl Jam.
For me, music is a different intellectual exercise. Any fan of music can attest to how sound can influence your emotions, but something about balancing a melody and harmony really influences my mood as a musician. I was 8 years old when I started playing guitar. My mom taught me on an acoustic nylon guitar — mostly Spanish songs. One of my first songs was “Cielito Lindo.” Music has deep roots for me and lets me exercise a completely different part of my brain than I do as a lawyer. Anyone can find a hobby to relieve their stress, even if they’ve never tried one before. It wasn’t until my late 30s that I learned rock guitar, and now I play regularly in monthly gigs for my band. I greatly encourage all of you to find ways to relieve your stress this April because, no matter how stressed you are, I’ll always listen to you. You can depend on me and my team to take care of you throughout every step of your case.
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