Giving It Your All
Being an attorney, what a stressful yet rewarding career. Or so my cousin, Katie Whitman Myers has told me. Katie is an Insurance and Reinsurance attorney in New Orleans. Boy oh boy, what the hell does that even mean? I asked when she told me that was the type of law she practiced, and as she chuckled she told me, “Insurance coverage, we write letters telling insurance companies what to do in certain situations and represent them if there’s a lawsuit or something.” So what really is an Insurance Attorney? Why does she have to help the insurance companies and “tell them what to do”? “The contract made between an insurance company and a third party to protect the insurance company from losses. The contract provides for the third party to pay for the loss sustained by the insurance company when the company makes a payment on the original contract.” So, what is a reinsurance contract? It’s a security contract, which means until the insurance company has paid the original policyholder it is invalid. Contracts like these provide a shield for the insurance company so that they don’t run in to any financial devastations. In the 1990s and 2000s this became more popular because of the increase in natural disasters leading to insane amounts of large payouts from insurance companies. (http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/reinsurance) Then this made question and me wonder; “Is that always what you dreamed of practicing?” Laughing again she went on saying, “Honestly, when I was younger I always thought of being a lawyer as like finding out who the bad guy was in a case, like cracking cases on “Law and Order” or something, that’s the kind of thing Jimmy does. My job isn’t like that at all. But it can still be very rewarding.” Ok, ok, enough about reinsurance and boring definitions. What does it really take to be an attorney and to get through school without spontaneously combusting over the strains of stress??
Jimmy is Katie’s husband, who...
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