A guidebook of practical legal advice for women to enrich their professional and personal lives.
Unlike other commentators in the ongoing conversation on whether or not women can “have it all,” Green, an attorney and legal personality by trade, dispenses advice about one of the most overlooked yet important aspects of life: law. Rather than proselytize about the condition of women in society, the author offers her legal expertise specifically to women who might otherwise think they’ve figured it all out. However, she argues that they crucially lack the pragmatic value of a basic understanding of civil law. Green’s advice is not merely for the courtroom. Her evenhanded and easily understood council is designed for “taking informed action.” In one chapter, Green breaks down the legalities of online dating, citing one particularly horrible example in which a woman was stabbed and beaten after her match.com date. She also tackles the issue of whether or not marrying is preferable to “cohabitation.” Green’s advice ranges far beyond relationships, marriage and divorce. Other subjects include child-rearing, work issues, end-of-life care and various forms of social media etiquette. While it may seem pedestrian at first, Green’s advice is detailed, exceptionally well-researched and, above all else, helpful. Her anecdotes and case studies are relevant and often spotlight high-profile celebrity cases for resonance—e.g., Anna Nicole Smith’s fight for her late husband’s estate. Most importantly, the legal quandaries Green addresses are commonly experienced problems, and her primer will serve as a trusted resource to show the layperson her legal rights and options. Ultimately, the author is a realist who understands that the topics she discusses may not be the most exciting or comforting, but they are absolutely necessary for women to lead proactive and independent lives.
Part reference, part self-help, Green’s winning book will empower women through knowledge of the law.