Don Turner Legal Team - January 2020




Happy New Year! As we celebrate the start of another year and a new decade, I want to personally thank all of our clients who trusted us with their cases in 2019. You supported our team through some tremendous changes and growth, and for that, we will forever be grateful. We hope our expertise and guidance have offered your family some peace during some terrible times. Because of your patience and support, Don Turner Legal Team experienced some pretty special growth in 2019. Our team feels connected like never before, and I can honestly say that I am proud of the experts we have assembled for our clients.

crime scenes. Without each of them, we wouldn’t be able to help as many clients as we do every day. They make sure the public knows how committed we are to our clients and their happiness. Without them, we may as well just be a handful of degrees on the wall.

The other additions to our team lead me to some very exciting news for Don

Turner Legal Team. We will now be offering family law and other legal matter assistance for our clients. Many of you develop lasting relationships with us, and we want to offer you as much assistance as we can. In order to accomplish this, we have recruited the help of counsel attorneys Albert Daykin, Kyle Woods, and George R. Robinson. While they may not be formerly part of our firm, their guidance and support make them integral members of our team. Finally, rounding out our accomplishments in 2019, we launched a new website that details more specifics about what we offer clients and the legal and business professionals who take care of them each day. We have been very excited about this new website, and we believe it better prepares our clients and potential clients on what they can expect from our team. I cannot wait to see how we can continue to help our clients in 2020, and we were proud to serve our community in 2019, both through events and in the courtroom. Our team continues to be dedicated to your family’s success, but none of this would be possible without your trust in us.

I’ll start with one of the hardest working attorneys in the Atlanta area. We hired attorney Carl Chapman in 2019, and he brought with him experience as the son of a law enforcement officer and nearly half a decade representing clients in the courtroom. Carl primarily assists our clients in need of criminal defense, and his expertise and finesse in the courtroom continue to impress our team and give our clients their lives back. In addition to Carl, legal assistant Allyson Goff also joined our team in 2019. Allyson’s dedication to our clients can be found in her commitment to digging into legal research and continually writing powerful content. She has been a vital addition to this team. On the business side, Kasia Palmaka joined our team as a marketing and business development expert, while Liz Erikson provides her photography expertise to our team. She provides detailed photos for our accident and

Have a happy New Year!

–Don Turner

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bringing joy, peace, and calm to everyone she meets. Lilou may be the only pig of her kind, but airport therapy animals have been a growing trend for the last few years. According to NPR, as of 2017, more than 30 airports across the U.S. employed therapy dogs, and these days, estimates land closer to 60. The San Jose and Denver airports have therapy cats, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport even offers passengers the chance to play with miniature horses before boarding their flights. Therapy dogs started appearing in U.S. airports after the 9/11 terror attacks, which changed American attitudes about flying. They did so well at helping passengers calm down that airports began implementing permanent programs. Some have pets on hand 24/7 to assist passengers, while others host animal visits every few weeks or months. These days, regular travelers have fallen hard for their local therapy animals, many of whom even have their own Instagram accounts and hashtags. So, the next time you’re traveling, keep an eye out for a friendly pup, cat, pig, or horse to pet. A bit of love from an animal just might improve your trip!

you’re navigating a vast airport on a busy Saturday, shouldering your

way through crowds and struggling to hear the PA system over the clatter of 1,000 wheeled

suitcases. Suddenly, you see a pig wearing a hot pink sweater

waddling toward you on a leash. Do you stop in your tracks? Does your stress level drop? Do you laugh out loud when you see its pink nail polish? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then you can sympathize with the passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and staff at the San Francisco International Airport. They get to enjoy visits from Lilou, the world’s first airport therapy pig, on a regular basis! As part of the Wag Brigade, the airport’s cadre of (mostly canine) therapy animals, Lilou wanders the airport with her humans,

Help Your Kids Achieve More This Year


With every new year comes an opportunity to reinvent ourselves or start down a new path toward self-improvement. Making resolutions is a big part of many families’ New Year’s traditions, and parents often have a desire for their kids to take part in that tradition when they’re old enough. Following through on resolutions is tough, especially for young children, but with your help, they can achieve their goals. Practice what you preach. You are your children’s role model for almost everything, including following through on New Year’s resolutions. So, ask yourself if you follow through on your own resolutions. When you proclaim that you will read more books or finally get a gym membership, do you actually try to do it? Your kids will assign as much importance to New Year’s resolutions as you do, so by sticking to your own commitments, you can help them stay on track too. Keep things simple and achievable. When your kids are forming their resolutions, their first attempts will probably be very broad. Statements like “I want to be more kind” or “I will try to help more around the house” incorporate good values but don’t include any actionable steps. Help your kids think of tangible ways to act on those goals. For example, if they want to be tidier, a good

resolution might be

for them to clean their room once a week or take responsibility for one household chore every day.

Don’t do all the work for them. While it’s important for you to help your kids formulate their goals, be sure that you aren’t taking over. If they’re ultimately responsible for their resolutions, they’ll feel more compelled to keep them. Instead, suggest different goal areas they could improve, such as home, school, or sports, and let them elaborate. When it comes to creating habits, nobody is perfect, so even if your kids falter on their goals in the middle of February, don’t worry. The important thing is that you continue to encourage them every step of the way.

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Rises in Population Could Create More Collision Headaches

As we celebrate the start of another new year, the Don Turner Legal Team wants to remind you and your loved ones to stay safe on our roadways this year — especially as the number of drivers on U.S. roadways continues to climb. The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) reports that drivers traveled 3.6 billion more miles at the beginning of 2019 than they did at the beginning of 2018. As the population in Georgia continues to rise, more drivers will subsequently populate our roadways, and with this increased traffic comes more chances for accidents, injuries, and death. You can prepare for increased traffic by remaining a vigilant driver and keeping your vehicle free of distractions, such as texting, eating, and loud music. Like all states, Georgia requires drivers to carry insurance for their motor vehicles in the event of an accident. This is intended to protect you and others involved in the accident, regardless of who is at fault. Specifically, in Georgia, policyholders are required to follow the 25/50/25 rule. This means drivers must be covered with $25,000 per person in bodily injury liability, $50,000 to cover multiple drivers, and $25,000 for property damage liability. But no matter how well you prepare, accidents can still happen.

Unfortunately, despite the law, approximately 1.16 million drivers in Georgia do not carry insurance, while other motorists only carry a minimum of $25,000 in insurance. This leaves those they are in a collision with vulnerable to costly medical and mechanical repair bills without any protection. You can protect yourself and your family with underinsured and uninsured motorist insurance. These coverage options protect motorists who are in a collision with another driver who does not carry insurance or does not carry enough insurance to protect other motorists and themselves. Costing anywhere from $10–$20 each month, these options can cover many of the additional expenses that come from a collision. No matter how well you prepare, accidents can happen. The Don Turner Legal Team can provide additional security with our free auto insurance audit . And if you find yourself in a collision and in need of proper compensation, contact us to find out how we can help.



A traditional New Year’s favorite in the South, Hoppin’ John includes

black-eyed peas that are said to represent coins, a sign of prosperity for the coming year. It’s usually served alongside collard greens, which represent cash.


1 cup dried black-eyed peas

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1 smoked ham hock 1 medium onion, diced 1 cup long-grain white rice

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5–6 cups water

DIRECTIONS 1. Wash and sort peas. 2. In a saucepan, cover peas with water, discarding any that float. 3. Add pepper, ham hock, and onion. Gently boil and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until peas are just tender, about 90 minutes. At this point, you should have about 2 cups of liquid remaining. 1 dried hot pepper, optional (arbol and Calabrian are great options)

4. Add rice, cover, drop heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, undisturbed. 5. Remove from heat and let steam for an additional 10 minutes, still covered. 6. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, and serve.

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1 Don Turner Legal Team Continues to Grow 2 Meet the World’s First Airport Therapy Pig Helping Your Kids Make New Year’s Resolutions 3 Protect Yourself on Clogged Roadways Hoppin’ John 4 Do You Know When Sherlock Holmes Was Born?

A Birthday? Elementary.

Readers have loved adventuring with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they solve some of England’s most dastardly mysteries for the past 100 years, but there’s one huge mystery that no one can seem to solve: When is Sherlock Holmes’ birthday? On Jan. 6, 2020, Holmes fans will celebrate the famed fictional detective’s 166th birthday, but it’s a day author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never specified in any of the books. In “His Last Bow,” Doyle describes Holmes as 60 years old in the year 1914. That places Holmes’ birth year in 1854, but why was Jan. 6 chosen as his day of birth? CAN YOUR FAMILY SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES’ BIRTHDAY? In the 1930s, Holmes superfan, journalist, and novelist Christopher Morley decided Jan. 6 must be Holmes’ birthday because an astrologer suggested it. Fans doubled down on this belief because Holmes quotes William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” twice in the series — the only literary work he ever mentions — and Jan. 6 is 12 days after Christmas. Additionally, in “The Valley of Fear,” Holmes wakes up disoriented on Jan. 7, almost as if he was out the night before celebrating something special!

1. Read: Dive into the original stories that created the world’s most famous detective. Read and exchange the books as a family, or have your little one practice reading out loud before bedtime. There’s no better way to experience the stories that have captivated audiences than by rereading them in any order, and you just may find a clue others have missed. 2. Research: Channel Holmes and Dr. Watson and become detectives yourselves! Read up on the clues, examine all the angles, and see what you discover about this mysterious birthday. 3. Host a Party: Host a Sherlock-themed bash to celebrate the famed supersleuth’s birthday! Debate the clues of Holmes’ mysterious birthday, and see if any of your guests have interesting theories. We may never know the day the world’s most beloved inspector was born in fictional London, but as Holmes himself said, “... When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

So, are you and your family up to the challenge of solving this mystery? Here are a few ways you can put the clues together.

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