Coye Law - October 2017


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I see it almost every day — and at least three times a week. It never fails. I’ll be driving along the highway, and there it is: a billboard put up by a personal injury lawyer with a picture of a client. Next to that photo is a giant check, usually accompanied by a quote: “So and So Attorneys Got Me $500,000!” or something like that. Folks, I don’t know why someone would let an attorney do that to them, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not worth it. We already live in a society where a lot of information about ourselves is easily found. Why add to that? At best, you’re putting yourself out there and giving away even more information. At worst, you’re telling anybody who drives by, which could be millions of different people every week, that you just got a big pile of cash. And what’s that going to do? Well, as soon as those people find out a little more about you (and it won’t be hard with your face

“These billboards don’t explain that each case is unique, nor do they explain that after you get your money, you may still have to pay court costs, attorney fees, and other expenses.”

already on there), you could get calls from just about every charity imaginable. You could get sales visits, find yourself tracked down by con men, and possibly even targeted by violent criminals. If you have outstanding debts and your creditors see that sign, you can bet they’ll be in touch, too. And the same is true with family. You have zero control over who sees that billboard, and it’s not like a TV ad that runs occasionally — it’s always “on,” so to speak. In addition to the privacy concerns that raising a billboard with someone’s face next to a giant check bring up, there are other problems that arise, as well. This sort of thing means clients come in with unrealistic expectations about how much money they can get for their case and how long it will take

to secure that money. These billboards don’t explain that each case is unique, nor do they explain that after you get your money, you may still have to pay court costs, attorney fees, and other expenses. As you can see, there are a whole lot of downsides to letting an attorney put your name on a billboard next to a big check. But what are the upsides? That’s where it gets a little unclear to me, and that’s a big problem in and of itself. As attorneys, we’re required to look after our clients’ best interests, period.

How is this in someone’s best interest?

It isn’t. Period. – Wade Coye


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How to Help Your Kids Get Over Their Fear of the Dark

a light into the closet or taking a look under the bed — with the child looking too — to prove there’s nothing to worry about. Empower them to banish their fears themselves. If they get frightened and run into your bedroom, escort them back to their own bed and help them relax. Their own bedroom must become a safe space. Only give your child healthy snacks before sending them to bed. Sugars and processed foods activate brain activity, putting your kid on high alert. Try vegetables, nuts, or string cheese. Of course, adding more light is always an option as well. Get a lamp with a dimmer that goes on their nightstand or plug in a few fun night lights. Over the period of a few months, steadily decrease the amount of light in the room. Eventually, they’ll be fully acclimated.

For many kids, there’s nothing scarier than the unknown of a dark room. Luckily, there are ways to help your child overcome the terror they feel as soon as you turn out the light. You can chase the beasts away for good, just in time for the spooky Halloween season. The first step to curing a child’s fear of the dark is to find out exactly what they’re afraid of . Ask your child what scares them, using open-ended questions. Don’t belittle or dismiss their specific fears. As trivial as it may seem to you, it’s all too real to your kid. A simple statement like “I can see you’re really scared” can go a long way. Then, you need to ensure your child feels safe in the dark. Spend some time with them after the lights are off, calmly reassuring them that they’re safe in their bedroom. Show that there’s nothing to be afraid of, whether by shining

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A 1960 study, conducted by psychologists Gibson and Walk for Cornell University, sought to investigate depth perception in human and animal species. They suspended a sheet of transparent plexiglass about 4 feet off the ground and covered one half of it with a checkerboard- pattern cloth, creating a simulated cliff. Infants, both human and animal, were then encouraged by their caregivers, usually their mothers, to crawl off the “cliff” onto the clear half of the platform. Both avoided stepping over what they perceived as a sharp drop, and pre-crawling-age infants showed heightened cardiac distress on the “suspended” side.

Coupled with this innate fear of plummeting to the ground is something called the Moro reflex, one of several involuntary reflexes healthy newborn infants have at birth. Often called the “startle reflex,” it occurs when a baby is startled by a loud sound or movement, especially a falling motion. The reflex usually triggers the newborn to lift and spread their arms as if grasping for support, followed by crying. Though the Moro reflex usually disappears at around 5 to 6 months of age, our instinctive aversion to sudden loud noises stays with us throughout our lives.

Where does fear come from? As the jack-o’-lanterns show their grinning, glowing faces and skeletons, cobwebs, and gravestones adorn yards around the neighborhood, it’s a question hanging in many of our minds. When you recoil from the giant mechanical spider suspended above your neighbor’s garage, is that fear instinctual, or is it learned? According to the Association for Psychological Science, there are only two fears we inherit at birth: the fear of falling and the fear of loud sounds.

Coye Law Firm’s Referral All-Stars!

Every month we give a big shout-out to clients who gave us referrals. This month, we’d like to recognize ...

Norman Claudio

Kimberly Perez

Craig Heel

Brandon Campbell

Thank you, all, for trusting us with the legal needs of your family and friends!

REFRIED BEAN POBLANOS WITH CHEESE This vegetarian meal comes together in less than 15 minutes. It’s the perfect way to avoid takeout on a busy weeknight.


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½ cup picante sauce

4 medium poblano chilies, halved and seeded

1 cup (4 ounces) pre-shredded reduced-fat 4-cheese Mexican blend Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

1 (16-ounce) can fat-free refried beans

1 (8.8-ounce) pouch microwaveable cooked long-grain rice


wax paper; microwave on high 2 minutes. 3. Uncover chilies, sprinkle each half with 2 tablespoons cheese, and microwave on high 1–2 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired. Recipe courtesy of

1. Place chili halves, cut sides up, on a round microwave-safe plate. Cover with wax paper; microwave on high 3 minutes. 2. While chilies cook, combine beans, rice, and picante sauce in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spoon bean mixture into chili halves. Cover with


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Stay Off a Billboard!


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The Origins of Fear Refried Bean Poblanos With Cheese


04 October Local Events

Orlando Halloween Events


middle for Halloween fun. Geared toward older teens and adults, the room usually does some great themes around Halloween, and it’s a fun, offbeat option if your kids are older or grown up. It also makes for a fantastic date night! Of course, if you just want to cut loose in an adult environment, the Orlando Zombie Ball on October 22 is definitely the way to go. Doors open at 7 p.m., and costumes, free drinks, scares, thrills, and live performances are all a part of the fun. This one’s definitely not for the kids, but it’s a scary good time you’re sure to remember.

with a 1 p.m. costume contest every day! If your kids love the zoo already, they’ll go bananas for the Zoo Boo Bash. Looking for another great kid-friendly event? Try the Kids Halloween Party at the Enzian Theater on October 23. Lunch and games happen at the theater from 11:30 on, with a showing of the film “Hotel Transylvania” kicking off at 1 p.m. Like the Zoo Bash, this party comes complete with a costume contest, so be sure to get the kids decked out in their Halloween best! If you haven’t checked out the Great Escape Room downtown yet, it’s somewhere in the

Are you looking for a night out on the town, or a family-friendly atmosphere? However you intend to spend Halloween, we think you’ll find a few events worth checking out, and we’ve highlighted them here just for you! You probably wouldn’t take your kids trick-or- treating in the “wildest” part of town, but that’s exactly the idea behind the Zoo Boo Bash at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. On October 22, 23, 29, and 30, the zoo comes alive with costumes, face painting, and all kinds of wild (but family-friendly) fun. Don’t worry, it’s not scary at all, but it is a wild good time,


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