Law Offices of Paul Levlin - February 2018

LAW NEWS FEB 2018

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COMES FROM THE HEART, Not the Mouth We both started practicing law because we had personal experiences that drove us to be attorneys — experiences much like yours. We needed someone to fight for us, and that’s why we know what it takes to advocate for you. We don’t work for insurance companies. We work for people. We fight for the you because we know how much proper representation means for everyone. Our passion is rooted in people, and because of this, we always aim to operate with the integrity and moral responsibility you deserve. When we aren’t working, we love to invest in the beautiful experiences that friends and family provide. Whether it’s Kelly on her husband’s fifth-generation family farm, or Paul sending his youngest off to college and emptying his nest, our homes mean a lot to us. They provide us a

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hen we joined forces over four years ago, it wasn’t because we had worked together collaboratively for over 25 years or because we stood to benefit from a merger. Rather, we saw the tremendous opportunity to make an impact in the community. Our core values aligned and led us to believe that our power to advocate

was greater together than it was apart. By merging, we could each bring a wide breadth of knowledge and experience to better serve the legal needs of the people of Connecticut. Bringing our firms together was about being better advocates, providing superior service, and helping more people. Our passion is to serve and help others. We are both inclined to advocate and fight for injured people. It’s in our very nature and drives the values on which we base our firm. Being a lawyer goes beyond just fighting and arguing, though. When we look at what we do, we don’t just see a case. We see a person.

constant source of grounding and insight for what we do. No home is complete without the ones who fill it, which is why we both adore animals. Paul has three beautiful dogs, and Kelly provides a safe haven for collie rescues on her property. She also has horses and is a certified therapy-dog handler. We came together because we want to fight for you. We aren’t two separate law offices anymore; we are one source. We want to use our team to make a meaningful difference in our community. You can go anywhere and find someone to argue for you and use legal rhetoric.

“WHEN WE LOOK AT WHAT WE DO, WE DON’T JUST SEE A CASE. WE SEE A PERSON.”

When you come to us, you’ll find skilled communicators who genuinely care and want to be passionate flag bearers for you and your cause. You’ll receive aggressive and competent legal representation. Most importantly, you’ll get results. -Paul Levin and Kelly Kasheta

Whether it’s personal injury or any other representation, we know going to court is an incredibly stressful process. We are here to take the pressure off of you and make the process as smooth as possible. Our team lightens your load by providing competent advocacy without boasting or demanding praise. It’s because of this empathy and humility that a consistently greater number of people trust us to provide for their legal needs.

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How to Find a Reliable Babysitter

NARROW THE FIELD AND FIND THE PERFECT FIT

Date night is good for the whole family, and the University of Lincoln found that, even when all other factors are removed, couples who regularly go out together are more likely to stay together. But child care is a full-time job, and it doesn’t leave much room for romantic moonlit strolls. Having a great babysitter will free up your schedule for some much-needed couple time. But how do you find a sitter you can trust? These tips and resources will help you find a sitter your whole family will feel comfortable with. SEEK OUT PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS When you’re looking for a high-trust service like babysitting, it’s often best to ask friends and family for recommendations. This is especially true if you know people whose children are a similar age as your own. Be sure to ask questions about the referrals you receive and make sure your potential sitter will be a good fit for your family’s needs. TURN TO TRUSTED LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

SURF THE WEB There are great web-based resources for finding babysitters. Make sure the sites you visit are properly accredited and have plenty of good reviews. Most national sites do a full background check on all of their listed sitters. These almost always charge a membership fee, but many parents feel that added layer of security is worth it. CONDUCT INTERVIEWS Ultimately, the only way you can know if a candidate is the right babysitter for you is to meet them yourself. Make sure the whole family is present; you’ll want to pay attention to how your potential sitter interacts with your kids during the interview. Ask questions specific to your family’s needs and keep the needs of the sitter in mind, as well. Finding a babysitter who can give you and your partner peace of mind is essential. Thankfully, there’s a wealth of local and web-based resources you can pull from. With a little inquiring, you’ll be able to leave home knowing your children are in great hands.

More Than Colleges, neighborhoods, and places of worship often maintain lists of reliable sitters within the community. Asking members of these groups for testimonials will help you gauge a candidate’s professionalism. Kindergartens and day care centers are another great local resource to turn to. Often, teachers and assistants will moonlight as sitters, bringing with them a host of child care skills.

JUST A PERSONAL INJURY FIRM

At the Law Offices of Paul Levin, we are more than just a personal injury firm. Our dedicated team goes above and beyond to be our clients’ resource for most legal matters. When we work with a client, we let them know that not only are we committed to competent and aggressive representation, but we want to provide excellent service, as well. This means we are dedicated to helping you find a lawyer for any type of representation you may need. If we can’t meet your legal needs, we will help you find someone who can. We have an expansive network of attorneys, and we can put this network at your disposal for most legal matters. There are many lawyers out there, but we only associate with the best, and we want you to have the best. Service Isn’t a Commodity, IT’S A STANDARD

a person. It’s important to have an ethically and morally responsible person advocating for your rights. There is no such thing as a small case. This process is stressful, challenging,

and demanding for anyone to go through, which is why we won’t rest until you feel confident and at ease with all of your needs. We aren’t just personal injury lawyers, we

are people who care. No matter

what your legal needs are, contact us today and let us put you on a path to proper representation.

We believe being an attorney means not only that we represent your fight in what is right and wrong, but that we also represent you as

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TYPES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING Have You Been a Victim?

Inattentive driving is becoming more and more frequent in modern society due to drivers consistently using technology when operating a motor vehicle. Cellphones, digital displays, and other disruptions abound, but they aren’t the only form of distractions that could be putting you in danger. We’ve provided the three forms of distracted driving so you are empowered with information in case you are involved in an accident. VISUAL DISTRACTION A visual distraction is something that takes the driver’s attention off the road and focuses it elsewhere. This distraction is becoming increasingly more common and provides a serious threat to all drivers on the road.

MANUAL DISTRACTION Manual distraction is when the driver’s hands aren’t on the wheel or gear shift. It could be the driver dropped something or they are grabbing an item from elsewhere in the car. Regardless, the dangers are just as high as with any other form on this list. COGNITIVE DISTRACTION A cognitive distraction is something that deters the thought process of the driver so they are no-longer focused on operating their vehicle. This includes a multitude of scenarios, but is just as distracting as manual and visual diversions. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, contact us today. We will provide you with competent and aggressive legal representation so you receive the necessary compensation to recover from your injuries. Let us help you understand your options by giving us a call at (860) 560-7226.

Tater-Tot Jack?

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Jack and Kelly are certified therapy-dog handlers with “Healers With Halos Therapy Dogs.” Jack is a 5-year-old rescue collie, adopted from Collie Rescue of the Carolinas. He is also a certified Reading Education Assistance Dog, and has attained his CGC title from the American Kennel Club. Jack works many venues, bringing comfort and happiness to the young and old.

Prepare a couple batches of these savory snacks for your Super Bowl party or the next family get-together. Snag a few for yourself before they disappear!

Ingredients

2 cups frozen tater tots, defrosted 1 ounce sharp cheddar, cut into 1/4-inch squares

4 slices bacon, quartered 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 2. Press a cheese square into each tot, then wrap with a piece of bacon. Dredge each tot in brown sugar. 3. Place tots seam side down on baking sheet. Bake for 20–25 minutes, using metal tongs to turn halfway through. 4. Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve immediately.

JACK VISITING STUDENTS AT UCONN DURING FINAL EXAMWEEK.

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TRY NEW RUBY CHOCOLATE

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SAMPLE THESE Chocolate Facts

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! After 80 years, a new variety of chocolate has finally graced the world: ruby chocolate. This naturally pink chocolate, created by Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut, is not milky like milk chocolate, sweet like white chocolate, or bitter like dark chocolate. Instead, Callebaut describes the flavor of his confection as a “tension between berry fruitiness and luscious smoothness.” Unfortunately, while ruby chocolate sounds like a wonderful treat, it is not yet available to consumers. So, as you wait for ruby chocolate to be stocked in your local grocery store or candy boutique, satisfy your chocolate cravings with some sweet facts about your favorite treat. Imposters! The names of certain chocolates can be very misleading. German chocolate cake, for example, is not named after the country of Germany. It’s actually an American dessert that was first baked in 1852, named for its creator, Sam German, and originally called “German’s chocolate cake.” White chocolate also suffers from a mistaken identity. Made primarily from cocoa butter, white chocolate does not contain any cocoa solids, which means it’s not technically chocolate. What’s in a Name? The ancient Mayans are credited as the first people to grow and consume chocolate. However, the word “chocolate” comes from

the later Aztec civilization. The Aztecs loved a bitter, spicy beverage made from cacao beans called “xocoatl.” And since we’re on the topic of words, the scientific name for the tree that grows cacao beans, Theobroma cacao, is a Greek word, which translates to “food of the gods.” This just proves cocoa connoisseurs were right all along — chocolate really is divine. A Sweet Deal Speaking of the Aztecs, their civilization loved chocolate so much that cacao seeds were used as a form of currency in Mesoamerica. During the American Revolution, chocolate was still accepted as payment, sometimes used in soldiers’ rations in lieu of wages. Even today, chocolate remains a valuable commodity. The chocolate industry is worth around $110 billion a year. Humans have enjoyed the sweet pleasures of chocolate for thousands of years. And with so many chapters of candy history left to explore, namely ruby chocolate’s eventual entrance, it’s clear the treat won’t go out of style any time soon.

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