Summary: Here are some ways to smooth the transition and ease the tension and stress inherent in changing law firms.
No one wants to hear how your old firm did things. Your old firm may have done it better, faster and cheaper and there may come a time when you want to raise that issue with your new firm, but you should not do it right away. Your new coworkers are just as entrenched in their system, faults and all, as you were in your old system.You are also going to make some silly mistakes that really don't matter. You may fill out the wrong form, call the wrong person to fix a problem or get lost looking for the files. In your old firm you were a mistress (or master) of the universe incapable of such a faux pas, but times have changed. Have a good attitude and be able to laugh at yourself. Most important, ask others for help early and often.
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