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JUNE 2023

My Father Always Led by Example HE MADE ME THE MAN I AM TODAY

My father always told me, “A smart man learns from his mistakes. But a smarter man learns from others’ mistakes.” While this quote always makes me chuckle, my dad made a great point — you can turn any situation into a learning experience. Growing up, my father wouldn’t shy away from telling me about his mistakes and the lessons he learned from them. As parents, it can be challenging to talk about our past with our children — we don’t want to disappoint them or be a negative example. However, sharing these stories will help nurture your relationship with your children. It shows them that nobody is perfect and can make them feel more comfortable sharing their experiences and hardships with you. One fear parents may have is the concern that their children will be too afraid to come to them for help because they think they’ll get in trouble. But being honest with your children and opening up about your past creates a line of open communication that encourages them to come to you with anything. And that’s precisely what my father did — he assured me I could always turn to him no matter what I was going through. Knowing he would always be in my corner gave me the confidence to be vulnerable and lean on him whenever I needed it. Because of my strong relationship with my dad, I learned lessons and skills that would help me as I got older and started my own family. When I reflect on my time with my father, one of the main lessons he taught me was to accept everyone for who they are. My dad grew up in a time when racial prejudice and discrimination were very prevalent. But he never let that sway him from his beliefs that everyone should be treated equally. I remember my dad always telling me I should never make anyone feel bad about who they are, their beliefs, or the color of their skin. He taught me it’s never right to judge or treat them differently. I firmly believe this is a lesson we can all learn from — especially today.

Another lesson my father taught me was how to be smart with my money. He was a child of the Great Depression and had firsthand experience with hardships people experienced financially. Because of this, it taught him how to save money and not waste it

on frivolous things. In turn, he passed his strategies to me, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I understood the value of money because of the example my father provided. It has helped me make smart financial decisions about growing my wealth over time. My father ensured my money never burnt a hole in my pocket! Because I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps when I became a father, I aimed to create an unbreakable bond with my daughter. I want her to know I will always be there for her, no matter what. Being a father is one of the largest responsibilities I’ve ever taken on. And while I had to learn many things on my own, my father’s exceptional example helped me understand the importance of fatherhood. My dad’s lessons helped shape the man, husband, and father I am today. I can’t thank him enough for being the best role model. He was always very patient with me and provided an excellent example for me to follow. I am so lucky to have had a dad like him.

To all the dads out there, happy Father’s Day! Thank you for everything you do for your family.

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Impress Your Kids With These Fresh Choices Level Up Your Next Family Game Night MASTER THE WAVES OCEAN ACTIVITIES THE ENTIRE FAMILY WILL LOVE

Summer has finally arrived, and many of us will be going on weeklong excursions to the coast to get some much-needed rest and relaxation by the beach. For years, the beach has been one of the most popular summertime destinations for Americans, with millions of us flocking to the coast every year. If you’re planning to hit the sand this summer, you should prepare some exciting activities, so you and your family or travel partners can create memories that will last a lifetime.

and finances required to go on an excursion. That being said, you can get pretty close to the scuba-diving experience by snorkeling. Using a snorkel in the ocean, especially in flat water, is a great way to explore the underwater world. You’ll be able to spot fish, crustaceans, and other sea life without needing extensive training. Those who regularly go snorkeling see it as a form of therapy that helps them relieve stress and anxiety. Feeling more relaxed and at peace will help make your vacation feel even more magical. Grab a board. If you want to experience something slightly more intense, you can try some of the many ocean activities involving a board. First-time ocean-goers will love using a boogie board

or bodyboard to ride the waves into shore. Those who are more experienced may enjoy surfing for the first time or renting a standing paddleboard. Many beaches on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts have paddleboard rentals or surfing lessons. Be on the lookout at your vacation destination if you want to take advantage of these exciting activities. Tour the ocean. You may want to get away from the beach and experience open waters beyond the shore. If that’s the case, you’ll want to see if your vacation destination offers glass-bottom boat or submarine tours. Some beaches even have whale-watching adventures, which provide an excellent opportunity to see some of nature’s largest creatures in their natural habitat.

Here are a few oceanside activities you’ll want to check out on your vacation.

Explore through snorkeling. Many people want to try scuba diving while on vacation but don’t have the time, training,

Do You Need a Warrant to Search Vehicles? PROBABLE CAUSE PLAYS A MASSIVE ROLE

Recently, we’ve seen dozens of TikToks of people filming themselves while they are being pulled over. Within these videos, you hear and see the law enforcement officer requesting to search their vehicle. When the driver asks for a cause or says “no,” the situation escalates. This has led many people to ask when a police officer can search your car. Can you say no?

exceptions for automobiles. The main factor is that cars are mobile, meaning you could be long gone before the officer can get a warrant. Secondly, since vehicles mainly drive on public roads, drivers should expect less privacy compared to when they are in their homes. So, if an officer technically doesn’t need a warrant, how do they determine whether or not they need to search your vehicle? It all comes down to probable cause. What is probable cause? Probable cause is based on the facts and circumstances within a given situation. For example, if clear and visible evidence of something illegal is present in your car, a police officer can search your vehicle without a warrant. Or, if the cop overhears you talking about doing something illegal, they can obtain a search warrant. However, if the officer witnesses something they believe is unlawful, they can automatically search your vehicle without a warrant. If you or someone you know is a victim of an unlawful vehicle search or if an officer found incriminating and illegal items in your car, please allow us to assist you. We will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and help you through your legal troubles. Give us a call today to get started!

Our rights protect us from ‘unreasonable’ searches. Under the U.S. Constitution, you have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, remain silent, have a fair trial, and be protected by a lawyer. Remembering your rights as an American citizen is vital because anything you say can and will be used against you. Even if you have nothing to hide, it’s best not to consent when an officer asks to search your vehicle. Don’t be afraid to hold your ground — even if an officer asks questions and uses phrases that may make you feel like you can’t say no.

Furthermore, some have mentioned that law enforcement needs a warrant to search your property. While this is correct, there are a few | Pg. 2

KEEP YOUR COOL! 4 Must-Haves to Beat the Summer Heat

The temperatures are turning up this summer! You’d think we’d be used to the summer heat by now, but you can be covered in sweat in minutes when the hot air and humidity

made of fabric that helps eliminate sweat stains, moisture, and odors. These socks will keep your feet cool and dry and promote an even airflow through the material that allows your skin to breathe. Purchase an insulated water bottle. There’s nothing like a fresh cold glass of water to cool you down. But if you have your drink outside with you, it can become hot rather quickly. No one likes drinking lukewarm or hot water during the summer! Therefore, consider purchasing an insulated water bottle. These bottles have two walls that create a “vacuum” to prevent heat from entering the bottle. Your beverages will remain cool for longer, and you won’t have to worry about condensation touching your hand as you grab your bottle. Wear an evaporative cooling vest. If you tend to work outside for hours due to your job or hobby, this vest will be a lifesaver! These vests use the natural process of evaporation to help cool you down. All you need to do is soak the vest in cold water. Then, the water is stored within the vest and gradually released through evaporation to help you stay cool and refreshed.

touch your skin. But no one likes feeling hot and sweaty! Many of you likely have summer plans and spend lots of time outdoors this season, so here are four items to help you stay cool while spending time with your loved ones in the summer heat.

Wear a sweat-proof undershirt.

One of the best ways to keep cool is by removing moisture from your body. But this can be difficult if your shirt is soaked in sweat. With a sweat-proof undershirt, you will remain cooler and sweat-free! These shirts use advanced moisture-wicking fabric to help remove sweat stains and odors before they come in contact with your outer clothes. Consider cooling socks. Wearing sneakers in the heat isn’t ideal — it can also cause your body to become hotter. One solution you can try is cooling socks. Like sweat-proof undershirts, cooling socks are

From your friends at Medlin Law Firm, we wish you and your family a happy, safe, and cool summer!

Goat Cheese and Thyme Stuffed Chicken


• 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts • 3.5 oz firm goat cheese • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus 2–3 sprigs

• 4 pieces of thin-sliced bacon • Olive oil • 2 zucchinis, thinly sliced • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced


1. Preheat oven to 375 F. 2. Split the chicken breasts almost in half along the long side, open them like a book, then flatten the sides out. 3. Put the goat cheese on the “open book” side of the chicken and sprinkle with thyme leaves. Fold the chicken over to enclose the cheese, then wrap each breast in 2 slices of bacon. 4. Lightly oil a shallow gratin or casserole dish, then arrange overlapping rows of zucchini and tomatoes on the bottom. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then set chicken on top. Place thyme sprigs on chicken. 5. Bake for 40–45 minutes until the bacon is crisp and golden and the zucchini is tender.

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1. Don’t Be Afraid to Open Up to Your Children

2. Seashore Adventures Await

Sometimes, Officers Don’t Need a Search Warrant!

3. 4 Must-Haves to Stay Cool this Summer

Goat Cheese and Thyme Stuffed Chicken


Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Check Out Some of America’s Best Zoos MONKEY AROUND THIS SUMMER

Summer is one of the best times of the year to travel. Kids are out of school and want to do something fun every weekend, which can be difficult to accommodate if you’ve already exhausted your local options. If you’re looking to travel, you can visit a beach, take in the sights and sounds of an amusement park, or spend some time with animals while visiting a zoo. Nearly every state in our country has a handful of zoos or aquariums, but some stand above the rest.

animals in America. Opened in 1899, the Bronx Zoo is responsible for many of the advancements relating to animal captivity. This was one of the first zoos to ditch cages for natural environments and create an animal hospital. With over 6,000 species, there’s an animal for everyone at the Bronx Zoo.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens While the San Diego Zoo is often boasted as California’s largest and best zoo, another zoo is worth checking out. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens outside Palm Springs has

Here are three of the best zoos you can visit in the U.S.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska, is consistently ranked as one of the top five zoos in the world. It prides itself on hosting rare, endangered animals you can’t see elsewhere. It has the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit, and one of the major highlights is the Desert Dome, an 84,000-square-foot indoor desert that maintains an authentic desert ecosystem. This is a must-visit for any animal lover in your family. The Bronx Zoo You don’t usually think about seeing exotic animals when you visit New York City, but the Bronx Zoo is one of the best places to view

entertained visitors for decades. There are events at this zoo every day, one of the most popular being the keeper connections and animal encounters, where you get up

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