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No Place Like Home

Origin Story of Joel Thrift Law

There were six months when I was working as a lawyer that I was losing money instead of making it. Not a lot of people expect to hear that from an attorney, but it’s true —without my incredible working wife, Meghan, this firm would never have been the business I’m very proud to have today. So, in honor of her and our very first newsletter, I want to explain my journey as an attorney and share the kind of values that established our firm. I always thought my brain was wired to be an engineer — at first, anyway. My father was an engineer, so that’s what I thought I should be as well. The exact moment I decided to be a lawyer is hard to pinpoint. I do remember my mom watching a lot of old courtroom shows on TV as a kid, and I might’ve thought to myself while staring at the men in suits,“Hey, I could do that.” But there was definitely a point in college when I realized I didn’t want to be an engineer after all. I was the only kid in my classes who had better verbal scores on my SAT than math. I found that I enjoyed responding to problems with the famous lawyer answer “it depends,” instead of responding with the strictest rules of physics. The core skills of a lawyer felt suddenly easy to take up, and my grades skyrocketed because I finally felt a strong life purpose. After I ditched my engineering classes for law school, I graduated and spent 10 years in one law firm, doing similar things to what we do here. I got amazing experiences and represented great clients, but eventually, I wanted to build something for myself. I am really good at what I do, but I realized if my name isn’t on front of the building, then clients still feel like they’re getting less than what they asked for. I mean, imagine calling a firm for the named partner but then getting a

help. They’re intimidated by the idea of having a representative that could be secretly indifferent to their case or their personal lives. But the longer I’ve been an attorney and building my own family, the more I understand the deep fear in the people I serve; there’s no place like home. I know how the survival and mental well-being of the people you love is everything. Sometimes my kids ask me about what I do. I tell them something like, “I talk to a judge to get people money because they’re hurt.” Usually, they just smile and nod. It’s a little harder to explain that I’m an active member of the Atlanta Bar Association and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, organizations that can attest to my achievement and credibility. But if you’re hurt and you need to talk to a judge to achieve the justice you deserve, don’t hesitate to call our office for a free case consultation — I’ll fight for you.

young guy named Joel Thrift instead — you’d get understandably nervous! It wasn’t enough for me to work at a larger firm. I needed to branch off and take care of my clients who would not only trust me for my true reputation but also trust me as a person. Full disclosure: I’ve never represented insurance companies or worked in a defense firm. That’s just not howmy brain is wired, either. I’ve always represented people. My law practice places people and families first because that’s what I do best and what feels right to me. I have a family of three young kids —Adelaide, a 6-year-old girl; James, a 5-year-old boy; and River, our son who was just born in January. It’s great being a father because I don’t have to come up with answers to tough questions like, “Do you have any hobbies?”I have three kids! That’s three hobbies all at once. That’s something I see in a lot of my clients too. They’re so busy with their lives and their families that, sometimes, they’ve needed help for a long time but didn’t know who to ask for

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RETIRE IN STYLE 3 PLACES TO RETIRE INTERNATIONALLY

all of those funds to health care and education, Costa Rica is often referred to as the “Switzerland of Central America.” Known for its stable democracy, safety, and socialized health care that’s only available once you’ve obtained residency, Costa Rica also offers climates for just about everybody — from the lush jungles of the south to the hot, dry beaches of Guanacaste in the northwest. Expect to find large communities of expats to help you acclimate. MEXICO The first things that come to mind for most people when you mention Mexico are margaritas and beach umbrellas, but this country offers a lot more than that. For starters, Mexico features an enticingly low cost of living. International Living estimates a couple could live in Mexico on anywhere from $1,500–$3,000 per month, depending on location, including health care expenses. Once you’ve obtained residency status, you can sign up for national health care plans that offer full coverage for just a few hundred dollars annually.

Even if you’ve always planned for a comfortable retirement in the United States, choosing to live internationally could be a smart alternative to improve your standard of living in retirement. International Living Magazine’s Retirement Index has tracked objective retirement metrics — like the cost of living, democratic stability, and health care — for the last 40 years. They also take into account reports of correspondents actively living abroad. Here are some of their top picks for international retirement destinations. PANAMA Panama ranks No. 2 in International Living Magazine’s list of best places to retire internationally. With its tropical climate, proximity to the United States, excellent health care, and low tax burden, it’s easy to see why. In Panama City, you can expect to pay at least $2,600 a month in living expenses, but housing costs are substantially lower outside of major metropolitan markets. Panama also offers excellent discounts, up to 25% off of things like airline tickets, hotels, and energy costs through its Pensionado program. COSTA RICA If it’s a textbook paradise you’re looking for, look no further than Costa Rica. Thanks to a 1948 decision to abolish their military and direct

THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY How a Battle of Boxers Captivated the World

Frazier earned two championship belts through major knockout fights. But when Ali settled his court case and came to reclaim his title, Frazier wasn’t ready to give it up easily. Ringside seats for the fight sold for today’s equivalent of over $1,000. Millions watched the broadcast in over 50 countries around the world, and Madison Square Garden sold out to a crowd of 20,455 spectators. The fighters possessed polar opposite tactics, backgrounds, and social impacts, but when it came to skill, they were evenly matched. The fight captivated the nation. As Sports Illustrated put it at the time, “The thrust of this fight on the public consciousness is incalculable. It has been a ceaseless whir that seems to have grown in decibel with each new soliloquy by Ali, with each dead calm promise by Frazier.” The fight exceeded all expectations with a fully engrossing 15 rounds. For the first quarter of the match, it seemed Ali would best his opponent, but Frazier came back with fury. Even though Ali continued to rise to his feet round after round, Frazier emerged victorious by the slimmest of margins, dealing Ali his first professional loss ever. The landmark event highlighted an unforgettable night of skillful prowess like the world had never seen. Even though the title fight was only the beginning of the rivalry between the two boxers, the matchup rightfully took its place as one of the greatest fights in the history of the sport.

On March 8, 1971, all eyes were on the world of boxing as people watched what would become known as “The Fight of the Century.” It was one of the most anticipated matchups the sport had ever arranged: Current heavyweight champion Joe Frazier and former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali were finally facing off, the first time two undefeated boxers would fight each other for the heavyweight title. Spectators were hungry for a battle. Both fighters held rightful claims to the title of world heavyweight champion. Ali won it in 1964 and successfully defended it for several years, but he was stripped of the title during a legal battle over his induction into the U.S. armed forces. In his absence from the sport,

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TAKE A BREAK

One of the greatest things about March Madness is that you don’t have to be a huge college basketball fan to get in on the fun. Kids of all ages can fill out brackets — or have a parent fill one out for them — and watch their picks duke it out on the court. While healthy competition among family members WHOSE PICKS WILL GO ALL THE WAY? March Madness Fun for the Whole Family

can be fun all on its own, check out the following tips if you’re looking to go the extra mile and reap as much fun from March Madness as you can.

TURN EACH GAME INTO AN EVENT. Not every kid may like watching basketball, but if they fill out a bracket, then they might gain at least a passing interest in who will win each game. To elevate their interest, turn

PESTO CHICKEN WITH BLISTERED TOMATOES

each March Madness matchup into a little party. It doesn’t have to be fancy; make fun snacks to eat while you watch or bet pieces of candy on who will have the most points to create great family bonding opportunities.

Brighten up after a cold, dark winter with this fresh and flavorful springtime dish.

Ingredients

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2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

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2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko

1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 6 tbsp spinach pesto 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 1 tsp red wine vinegar

REWARD THE WINNERS WITH PRIZES. Offer prizes to each round winner as well as the overall bracket winner to get the whole family involved. Small prize ideas for each round can include a homemade dinner of the winner’s choice, a week’s supply of their favorite snack, or a coupon for getting out of a chore. Whoever wins the whole tournament (or makes it the furthest with their bracket) deserves a bigger reward. Offer them the chance to see a movie of their choice in theaters or to eat a meal at their favorite restaurant. CREATE A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY. Learning math or geography might not sound like your child’s idea of fun, but it can be when they learn it through the lens of March Madness. See if your kids would be interested in understanding the inner workings of the ranking system or studying where some of the qualifying colleges are located on a map of the United States. They may find it so interesting that they don’t even realize they’re learning valuable skills.

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Directions

1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. 6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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The Origin Story of Joel Thrift Law

Retire in Style Boxing’s Greatest Battle

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Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes March Madness Fun for the Whole Family

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New York City’s Chaotic Annual Tradition

SMASHED MIRRORS, MAIMED SOFAS, AND MISSING BED-SCREWS THE DAY EVERYONE IN NEW YORK CITY MOVED

explanation, however, is the May 1 move commemorated the day Dutch colonizers “moved” to Manhattan in the first place. The Moving Day tradition began vanishing in the early 20th century because many cartmen and housing builders were drafted during WorldWar I, leaving fewer movers and less available housing. Additionally, the construction of the New York City subway gave other tenants rapid access to more housing options outside Manhattan. Finally, after many cartmen were again drafted in WWII, the tradition officially ended in 1945.

and frontiersman Davy Crockett called it an “awful calamity”when he discovered the event in 1834. Still, some people loved Moving Day. Long Island farmers took their carts into the city on May 1 and charged as much as a week’s wages to move desperate tenants’ belongings to their new homes, which was a tidy sum in those days. Children were also fond of Moving Day because they got the day off school to help their families navigate the tumultuous time. A few prominent theories have emerged about the origins of this tradition. Some posit that May 1 coincided with the English celebration of May Day. Others say it morphed out of an event where servants would look for new employers. The most well-known

Moving is the worst. The costs of hiring a moving company and the sheer amount of time it takes to physically move everything make the whole affair an aggravating mess. And if you thought moving just one house on your street was terrible, imagine the chaos that would ensue if everyone in your whole city moved on the same day. That’s exactly what happened in New York City for nearly two centuries. FromColonial times until the end ofWorldWar II, May 1 was Moving Day in NewYork. On that day, every lease in the city ended, and pandemonium reigned in the streets as everyone scurried to their new homes. Eyewitness accounts of Moving Day describe the tradition as sheer mayhem. An English writer said Moving Day looked like“a population flying from the plague,”

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