Law Office of Matthew Konecky - May 2019

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MAY 2019

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The Office is Moving!

Exciting things are happening with The Law Offices of Matthew Konecky! We are proud to announce the expansion of our Palm Beach Gardens location. Beginning July 1, we will be serving you from a much larger space on the second floor in the same Wells Fargo bank building on the corner of N. Military Trail and PGA Boulevard. What does this mean exactly? Well, we have a lot more space to work with, which is fantastic as we look to the future and continue to grow and evolve as a law firm. Over the last few years, we’ve been adding more staff, and we are simply bursting at the seams. If you had been to our office on the sixth floor over the past year or so, you probably noticed just how crowded things were starting to get. It is a shared office space, which makes scheduling a conference room difficult at times. Fortunately, our new and unique space isn’t a shared office. We have our own conference rooms and offices that are very quiet. I know this alone will make a difference when it comes to client meetings. Whether it’s a one-on-one meeting or a family meeting, it will be exceptionally private and focused. What’s great about moving while staying in the same building is the fact that we’ll still be using some of the same great services we have utilized while on the sixth floor. That means there will still be many familiar faces around the office.

Personally and professionally, I’m excited to have my own space where I can really put my thumbprint on it. As we grow in the coming years, I’ll be able to further define this space for myself, my staff, and our clients. There will be more special touches to help set the office apart — something we could only do to a limited extent in our shared office. I am especially looking forward to having a dedicated conference space. We’ll have a large-screen monitor for presentations and for viewing relevant videos. This will make discussing cases and strategy more dynamic and interactive. While this is a big change for us at the office, it won’t be a major change for our clients. The transition should be seamless. We’ll continue to offer the same services, just in an improved space, and our clients and their families will have access to the same resources. As I write this, we’re preparing for this amazing growth opportunity. I expect by the middle of summer we should be in our new office, with everything up and running. I can’t wait to serve you with more space!

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–Matthew Konecky

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GONE AWRY Useful Kitchen Utensils

Butter Spreaders: One of the most commonly commercialized products is better butter spreaders. Whether it’s the Fox Run Butter Spreader, One Click Stick Butter Cutter, or Butter Mill Butter Dispenser, using a butter knife is ultimately easier and won’t clog up your drawer space. Fruit and Veggie Slicers: Cutting spherical or cylinder-shaped foods may be difficult, but cleaning out the spaces between the thin blades of these slicers can be even harder. Save your time and cash by using a kitchen knife.

We’ve all seen those commercials for kitchen utensils or items that claim to make our lives easier, while in fact, they do the exact opposite. Some of these products can be helpful for children or the elderly who might struggle with motor skills, but healthy adults can save a few bucks and some space in the utensils drawer by not purchasing these items. Pizza Cutting Shears: While it can be irritating to discover the pizza you ordered wasn’t cut through completely, there’s nothing wrong with using a regular pizza wheel to finish the job. The Pizza Cutting Shears may appear to save you time, but they ultimately take up so much space and are so clunky that you’re better off without them. Roll ‘n’ Pour: This plastic rocking device can help young children or the elderly pour themselves a glass of milk from a heavy gallon. However, there’s nothing wrong with able-bodied people using a bit of muscle to achieve the same. Chef’n Peel’n Onion Peeler: While far from taking the tears away, this onion peeler allows you to cut through an onion’s outer layers and peel away the skin. Instead of spending $15 on this cutter, use one of your kitchen knives to get the exact same result. CLIENT SUCCESS STORY “There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to describe how appreciative I am of Mr. Konecky! I thought for sure that I would be stuck on probation for at least two years, and then came my personal hero! He was able to have my probation modified so that I would be able to travel tri-county and now, because of him, I will officially be off of probation in July. I am so happy that I found him; my only regret is that I didn’t find him sooner! If I could give more than five stars, I would! Very professional, explained everything to me, didn’t make any promises, and very straightforward. When he enters the courtroom, he has a disposition about him that says, ‘I’m here to take care of business,’ and that’s exactly what he did.

Twirling Spaghetti Fork: A fork that twirls your spaghetti? You bet! While this might be a fun utensil for kids to use, it’s far from useful in everyday spaghetti eating. If the size of the fork doesn’t make it difficult to eat, the noise certainly will. If you have one or more of these utensils in your kitchen drawer, don’t feel bad! A lot of us do. Every home has one of “those” drawers. But you can’t fault entrepreneurs for trying something a little out-of-the-ordinary, even if it didn’t work out.

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“Look no further; Mr. Konecky is your guy. HIGHLY recommend him! Thanks again for everything!”

–Amanda L.

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Summer Driving Safety More People Are on the Roads — Here’s How to Stay Safe

As a Pedestrian … Just as you need to stay cautious and aware as a driver, you need to be vigilant as a pedestrian as well. Keep your eyes up and on passing traffic. Put away distractions. Even texting and walking can be hazardous. One study by the University of Buffalo suggested that distracted walking was more dangerous than distracted driving. Another study from Stony Brook University found that pedestrians who were distracted by their phones were 61 percent more likely to walk off course. When you’re at intersections and crosswalks, know where the next car is coming from before crossing. Even when you technically have the right of way, never assume the intention of anyone else on the road.

With summer right around the corner, more people are out on the road. From families going on vacation to teens being out of school (and being the least experienced drivers on the road), summer can be one of the most dangerous times to drive. Here are a few steps you can take to stay safe out on the road. When on Vacation ... If you’re driving in an unfamiliar area, that unfamiliarity can lead to a higher risk of getting into an accident. Whether you’re just passing through or staying for a while, be sure to acquaint yourself with the local road system. Explore apps such as Google Maps to get a basic idea of road layout and traffic patterns (such as one-way streets and dead ends) before you set out on your journey. Never rely on GPS navigation too much, however. Keep your eyes on the road, on traffic and pedestrians, and keep distractions to a minimum. During Construction ... Summertime means construction season, and for most municipalities, that means roadwork. When you enter a work zone, always drive with caution. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, June is the biggest month for work zone crashes. In 2017, there were a total of 799 recorded fatalities in work zones. While slowdowns can be frustrating, following the rules of the work zone will help keep you, your passengers, and the construction crews safe.

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Cooking With Ashley

Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

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2 teaspoons cumin

Ingredients: •

1 pinch salt

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 medium onion, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 handful fresh cilantro

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3 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon Sriracha

2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats

1–2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

1. Place half the black beans, onion, and garlic in your food processor. Blend for 20–30 seconds until combined. Add chipotle, cumin, salt, cornstarch, cilantro, and Sriracha. Blend for another 10–20 seconds. 2. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Stir in oats and remaining black beans. 3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Form mixture into patties and carefully transfer to skillet. Cook for about 5–7 minutes until bottom is browned and set. Very carefully flip and cook for an additional 4–6 minutes until opposite side is browned and set as well. 4. Serve immediately, or store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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How to Travel Sustainably

Get Out There With These Eco-Tourism Tips

Do Green Man-made attractions like the Egyptian pyramids and Machu Picchu are some of the world’s greatest wonders, but Earth itself is pretty breathtaking. Check out natural attractions while hiking or camping in preserved forests, or soak up all the Caribbean has to offer by snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. When

Vacations can come with great expense, and not just for your bank account. According to a 2018 study published in Nature Climate Change, travel accounts for 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Cut through the greenwashing and do your part to lessen these emissions by traveling sustainably. Travel Green When possible, trains, hybrid buses, and carpooling are great alternatives to larger, more environmentally intrusive travel methods. Large cruise liners are detrimental to oceans, and airplanes emit large amounts of toxins into the air. However, you can cruise and fly with the earth in mind. Some cruise lines are working to reduce their impact by installing more eco- friendly lighting and materials, and flight experts recommend using “green” airports, choosing fuel-efficient airlines, staying longer, and traveling less. If anything, it’s an excuse to extend your European vacation! Stay Green Where you stay impacts the environment as much as how you get there. Hotels use copious amounts of water for bathing and laundry, and they struggle to reduce energy because guests leave their lights and televisions on. However, many luxury resorts, woodsy cabins, and even entire countries have opted to make eco-tourism easier. If you’re looking for a region of the world committed to preserving nature, look no further than Iceland, Finland, and Sweden, which are ranked the three most environmentally friendly places in the world.

you’re mindful of your surroundings and remain unobtrusive, there are endless outdoor activities you can explore. Some locations even partner with environmentally conscious organizations you can donate to or volunteer with.

Opt for a green vacation and know that while you relax, the earth is getting a little relief too.

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