Kevin Patrick Law - November 2022

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Legally Brief With Kevin Patrick Automobile accidents | Daycare injuries | wrongful death


Many parts of my job as a lawyer aren’t exactly “fun.” It can be heartbreaking to hear about the trauma my clients have been through, and I’ve spent more nights than I can count bent over my law books and case files, reading until my eyesight blurs with exhaustion. But when the going gets tough, there is one thing I can always count on to turn my day around: sweet notes of gratitude from clients like you. When I spot a handwritten card in our pile of office mail, I always open it first. The legal documents, pleadings, and letters from insurance companies can wait! A few weeks ago, I discovered a

success of my case. You are so gracious and have made the process totally painless. … God

bless you and your dear ones, Kevin.”

This Google review also made my day: “Kevin Patrick took the time out to show me he really cared about my case. He returned and answered all of my phone calls, answered every question I had, and made me feel like a person instead of a number. He took care of my case and was

lovely card from a client with the words of Isaiah 40:31 on the front: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” Inside, the client wrote, “Kevin, thank you for your care and concern. May God richly bless you and lead you in his ways.” They


really fair. I would highly recommend him if you are in need of a lawyer. From start to finish with my case, he was excellent, and I’m glad I had him in my corner.” Simply retyping these messages has lifted my spirits all over again. I’m so grateful to have clients like these folks who reach out to tell me how much my work means to them. Thank you for choosing me out of all of the lawyers you see on billboards and TV ads. I’m grateful you’ve trusted me with your case and placed your future in my hands. This profession can occasionally be dark, but you are the bright lights that keep me going.

also added a few more Bible verses. Every single one warmed my heart. When I set the card down, I felt a renewed sense of purpose. I’m far from perfect, but that note gave me hope I’m making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Handwritten letters are a bit of a lost art these days, and that makes every one I receive even more meaningful. It’s humbling to think one of my clients took the time to find a card and a pen, write me a message, round up a stamp, and carry the card to their mailbox. There’s something special about holding a card that took so much care to create. Of course, I treasure the emails, social media notes, and Google reviews my office receives, too! I can’t tell you how widely I smiled when I checked my texts the other day to find this message from a client waiting: “You have been fantastic, and I thank you for the

Wishing you a wonderful, gratitude-filled Thanksgiving,

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College graduates are eager to get into the workforce and start using their newly acquired knowledge in the “real world.” However, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, only 20% of U.S. college students in 2009 had a job after they graduated. In 2009, Trina Thompson found herself in that 80% of unemployed graduates, and she wanted to do something about it. After graduating from Monroe College in New York, Thompson couldn’t find a suitable job. So she filed a $70,000 case against her school (the amount of her tuition for her bachelor’s degree) and $2,000 to compensate her for what she endured

while searching for a job. In her lawsuit, she claimed that the college’s career counselors promised career advice and job leads but didn’t work hard enough to find her a job. In addition, she suggested that Monroe’s Office of Career Advancement shows preferential treatment to students with high GPAs — not students like herself who had a low GPA. In response to the case, Monroe College spokesman Gary Axelbank said, “The lawsuit is completely without merit. While it’s clear that no college, especially in this economy, can guarantee employment, Monroe College remains committed to working with all its students … to prepare them for careers and to support them during their job search.” But Thompson or the college didn’t have to worry about attending trial because the case didn’t make it that far. Her case might have stood up in court if she hadn’t received a job offer. Her media attention and IT degree caught the eye of Steve Bellamy, CEO of The Ski Channel. He loved her hunger and willingness to put herself out there, and he offered her a position at his company. Thompson got the job, so her case was eventually dissolved.

5 Wacky Thanksgiving Laws HAVE YOU BROKEN ANY OF THESE?

Every state has its own “loony laws” — super-specific, outdated rules that even lawyers often overlook. On Thanksgiving, people around the country face a loony law landmine. Here are five of the wackiest Thanksgiving laws we could find. Some are just plain silly, but others make good sense despite their strangeness. 1. IN ARIZONA, IT’S ILLEGAL TO WASTE WILD TURKEY. According to Delish, in the Grand Canyon State, “it’s illegal to hunt a bird, fish, or other mammal and ‘knowingly permit an edible portion to go to waste.’” Hopefully, Arizonans who bag wild turkeys for the Thanksgiving table this year are ready to eat a lot of leftover sandwiches. 2. YOU CAN’T FRY GRAVY IN CALIFORNIA. Speaking of leftovers, in Redwood City, California, it’s illegal to fry up gravy after Thanksgiving (or any time of year). If you planned to make turkey croquettes with your leftovers, kiss those dreams goodbye. 3. FLORIDIANS CAN BE PUNISHED FOR KITCHEN DISASTERS. We’ve all experienced at least one epic food accident on Thanksgiving. Well, in Florida, that catastrophe

could end up on your record! Delish reports that it’s illegal to break more than three dishes per day in the Sunshine State. Even chipping the edge of a cup can get you in trouble if you do it more than four times in a row. 4. YOU CAN’T BUY BOOZE — OR EVEN BEER — ON THANKSGIVING IN MANY STATES. Liquor stores close for Thanksgiving every year in more than a dozen states due to local liquor laws. These include Kansas, Utah, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and more. In Alabama, you can’t buy spirits on Turkey Day, but you can purchase beer and wine. 5. IN NORTH CAROLINA AND MINNESOTA, THE LIGHTS MUST RUN ON TURKEY POWER. According to the University of Buffalo School of Law, both states have legislation on the books requiring utility plants to use turkey waste from farms to generate electricity. That means on Thanksgiving, turkey provides sustenance and the football on TV! As far as we could find, here in Georgia, we’re safe from the Thanksgiving loony law landmine. As long as you don’t drink and drive, you can celebrate to your heart’s content!

You can always reach Kevin directly at 404.566.8964 or (If you ever need it, his cellphone is 404.409.3160.)

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Hunting for a Safe Daycare? Begin Your Search With Bright From the Start

At search, you can enter your address and daycare preferences to find the best licensed childcare program for your kids. Do you need weekend care with transportation to and from the center? You can select that option! You can also include your budget. For even more helpful information, scroll below the search field and click “Choosing a Child Care.” That section of the website explains how and why to choose a licensed program, how to read a licensing report, and what it means when a daycare is “Georgia Quality Rated.” (Pro Tip: choose a three-star Quality Rated daycare if you can.) When you need a babysitter, we recommend applying similarly strict standards. Check

One of the most stressful parts of being a parent is dropping your child off with a caretaker and driving away. We all have to do it — work commitments and social engagements are part of life, especially during the holidays! However, that doesn’t make it any easier. What does help is knowing your child is in the hands of a daycare provider or babysitter you can trust. If you’re on the hunt for safe daycare in Georgia and aren’t sure where to begin, we recommend starting with Bright From the Start, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Bright From the Start is responsible for licensing child care centers and home-based child care, so they can help you identify legitimate providers that meet your needs.

their references and experience, ask if they know CPR and first aid, and find out whether they’ve taken babysitting courses like those offered by the American Red Cross. You may also consider trying a service like Care. com or SeekingSitters and Nannies. Both platforms perform background checks. Care. com conducts criminal records searches, and SeekingSitters confirms references for all sitters on its platform. Hopefully, taking these precautions will keep your kids safe while you’re away from them. If the worst happens and your child is injured, abused, or neglected during daycare, call our team at Kevin Patrick Law. We’ve successfully handled dozens of daycare cases and will hold the provider accountable.

Roasted Pork Loin With Apples

Take A Break

Ingredients • 4 lbs pork loin

• 3 garlic cloves • 1 tbsp brown sugar • 2 tbsp olive oil • 2 tsp cinnamon • 3 tbsp butter, softened

• 2 tsp garlic powder • 2 tsp salt, divided • 1 tsp black pepper • 8 apples • 2 red onions

Directions 1. In a large bowl, season pork loin with garlic powder, 1 ½ tsp salt, and pepper, then cover and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes. 2. Preheat oven to 425 F. 3. Slice apples and onions, then chop garlic cloves. Season with brown sugar, olive oil, remaining salt, and cinnamon. 4. In a 9x13-inch baking dish, place a layer of apples and onions in the pan, put pork loin on top, then place remaining apples and onions around it. 5. Break butter into small pieces and place them on the pork loin and apples. Place dish in oven and let it bake for 15 minutes. 6. Reduce the heat to 350 F, then continue to bake for 60 minutes. 7. Remove dish and stir apples and onions. 8. Increase heat to 450 F, put dish in oven, and roast for an additional 8–10 minutes.


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Inside This Issue 1 The Best Part of Kevin’s Day 2 Recent Graduate Sues Her College 5 Laws You Might Break on Thanksgiving 3 How to Find a Safe Daycare Roasted Pork Loin With Apples 4 Man Saves 5 From a Burning Home

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Right Place, Right Time Late-Night Driver Becomes a Sudden Hero

Nicholas Bostic had a heated argument with his girlfriend one night, so he went out driving around to clear his head and relax. Little did he know he would become a hero that same night. During his drive, he witnessed a raging fire that had engulfed a family’s home.

all of the bedrooms but couldn’t find the little girl. Then, as he approached a window to exit the home, he heard a child’s cry. Bostic then had an internal conversation with himself: He knew the child needed help, and although he was terrified to go

back downstairs through the fire and smoke, he wouldn’t quit. After wrapping his shirt around his mouth, he ran through the home, following the girl’s cries for help. Once he found her, he picked her up, ran upstairs, and jumped out the window onto the lawn. All of the children were safe and suffered no injuries. Bostic received first-degree burns and severe cuts on his arm. He was airlifted to the nearest hospital once first responders arrived at the scene. Bostic’s cousin created a GoFundMe to pay for Bostic’s medical bills, and it collected $556,000.

Bostic stopped his car and ran inside despite the flames. He immediately began yelling for anyone since no one appeared to be inside the house — not even emergency personnel. His cries woke up 18-year-old Seionna Barrett, the oldest of five children, and she gathered her siblings together to exit the home. Bostic ran to Barrett and her young siblings, and he helped her take the children outside. But Barrett then told Bostic that her 6-year-old sister wasn’t with them. Without a second thought, Bostic again entered the home, hoping to rescue the little girl.

Today, Bostic is healthy and healing. He now has a new perspective on life and is looking forward to

The fire continued to spread quickly, and Bostic described it as a “black lagoon” of smoke on the ground floor. He checked

whatever his future might hold.

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