Law Office of MatthewKonecky - February 2018


FEB 2018


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R elationships matter. Personal or professional, our relationships can define who we are. The relationships I have with my clients can become personal as I work toward their interests. I guide clients through the legal system, which can sometimes seem like a maze without an end. I often work with clients who may be going through a difficult time or facing monumental challenges. They may need help that extends outside of the courtroom or our office.

That is to say the relationship I build with a client does not end at the door or when the phone call ends. For instance, I’ve worked with auto-injury clients to help them find appropriate medical care or a medical professional. I can draw on the relationships I’ve built with other professionals and people I’ve networked with over the years. These include doctors and counselors at hospitals or substance abuse treatment centers. I may also reach out to other attorneys who specialize in areas of practice I do not. I value these networked relationships, just as I value client relationships. The true significance of these relationships really shines when they come together for a greater good. One aspect of the client relationship that I really appreciate is their feedback. Though a person may come to me for my expertise as an attorney, a client’s feedback or insight is beneficial and something I regard and respect. This includes their perspective of the case, their situation, and my role as their attorney. And, it’s not just the client-attorney relationship I value — the court-attorney relationship can often be just as important. Naturally, the relationships I build with the court, from the judges to the prosecutors, can be critical. But, I do not necessarily highlight my relationship with the court when I begin working on a case for a client.

What do I mean by this? It’s not uncommon for attorneys to advertise their relationships within the court system. They may say they are a former prosecutor and have an “inside” perspective. Or they may say they’ve worked with a particular judge in the past and know how said judge operates. These attorneys do this to sound appealing to their potential clients. This kind of advertisement suggests that the attorney may be able to gain favor in the courtroom, say with a judge or with the prosecutor’s office, depending on the circumstances. I’ve never marketed myself in this way. I find it is disingenuous, it can paint a false picture, and can certainly play with a client’s expectations. Rather, I let my reputation as an attorney precede me. I simply maintain a good relationship with the court, but I don’t overstep those boundaries. Those within the court system, from judges to prosecutors, understand that I’m a zealous advocate for my clients. These relationships I’ve built with the court and my clients are built on respect, which I find is the best foundation to build a relationship upon. –Matthew Konecky



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EDUCATION IN THE KITCHEN What Your Child Can Learn From Baking

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably wracking your brain for the perfect recipe to bake for your loved one. There’s nothing wrong with store-bought chocolate, but there’s no topping the personal touch of some homemade baked goods. If you have kids, baking alongside them can be just as rewarding as enjoying the fruits of your labor. As an added bonus, baking is a hands-on opportunity where your child can learn all sorts of important concepts. Here is a short list of some of the educational lessons hiding in your kitchen. Math Baking is a numbers game. Just take a look at any recipe, and you’ll recognize the importance of math in building a beautiful cake. Having children measure out ingredients helps them learn about fractions and ratios. You can also test your kids by doubling or halving a recipe for multiplication and division practice. With older kids, practice unit conversions by asking, for example, how many pints are in half a gallon. Following Directions Not unlike computer science, baking requires a strict order of operations. The wet and dry ingredients often need to be mixed separately and then folded together. It only takes one deviation from the instructions for a pastry to go from delicious to disgusting. Spending time in the kitchen, then, is a great way for kids to learn the importance of reading directions carefully and comprehending what they’ve just read. FYI: Pursuant to the Florida Bar, attorneys are required to keep client records for six years following the conclusion of a matter. As we enter the new year, The Law Offices of Matthew Konecky will be purging records past the mandatory six-year retention period. If you would like to request a copy of your records from our office, please do so by March 1, 2018.

Download These 2 Books Today ! YOUR LEGALRESOURCE Nutrition Now, you might not think that baking cookies will encourage greater nutritional awareness, but hear us out. Sugar is often buried within packaged foods. When you bake something at home, a child gets to see, firsthand, just how much sugar goes into certain sweets. Meanwhile, cooking savory dishes also allows them to learn what constitutes a balanced, healthy diet. Cultural Understanding Cuisine is a fundamental part of every culture. Introducing your child to dishes from around the world will expand their horizons. Want your child to be a less picky eater? Involving them in the cooking process is the surest way to get them excited about trying new flavors and ingredients.

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You Can Get a DUI


When it comes to DUIs, most people think of being caught driving a car while intoxicated. But contrary to popular belief, cars and trucks are far from the only vehicles you can be cited for operating under the influence. Under Florida Statute 316.003, a vehicle is defined as “every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except personal delivery devices and devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.” This means virtually anything you can drive or ride on can be considered a vehicle, as the following hapless individuals found out to their chagrin. DUI ON A LAWN MOWER. Last November, a 56-year-old man was arrested in Port Se. Lucie while swerving around on his lawn mower down a small access road with a case of beer in hand. Turns

out he was over three times the legal limit, resulting in a night in jail and a misdemeanor on his record. DUI ON A HORSE. One woman in Polk City had a few too many drinks on her birthday and decided to take a ride into town on her horse in Lakeland. Cops pulled her and the horse over on the way and charged her with DUI, forcing her to spend her birthday behind bars. DUI ON A BICYCLE. One man was wobbling through a checkpoint in Largo when a police officer stopped him for a little chat. Though he wasn’t actually cited, she informed him that yes, you can get a DUI on a bicycle — after all, you can easily swerve into traffic and cause bodily harm to others. Soon after, the guy dismounted from the bicycle and walked it home, glancing back, bewildered, at the officers.


Instructions 1. Cook macaroni al dente, drain, and set aside. 2. Bring several cups of water to boil in a small pot. Place chopped potatoes, carrots, and onion in the boiling water, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and soft enough to blend. Cooking time will vary slightly, based on how small you have chopped your veggies. 3. When veggies are soft enough to blend, use a slotted spoon to remove them from cooking water, and place them in your blender. Add 3/4 cup of that cooking water to your blender, along with your remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth. 4. Pour sauce over your cooked macaroni noodles in a dish of your choice, taste for salt, and serve immediately. NOTES: If you are not using a high-speed blender (like Vitamix of Blendtec) for this recipe, I recommend soaking your cashews for at least 30 minutes before attempting this recipe. Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese Ingredients • 10 ounces dried macaroni (or about two and two-thirds cups) • 1 cup peeled, diced yellow potatoes (or russets) • 1/4 cup peeled, diced carrots • 1/3 cup chopped onion • 3/4 cup water (preferably use liquid from pot of boiled veggies) • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional) • 1/2 cup raw cashews • 1/4 cup coconut milk • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes • 1 tablespoon lemon juice • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste) • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder • 1 pinch paprika Cooking With Ashley Recipe inspired by


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Have You Heard of Ruby Chocolate?

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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. ASweet 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.

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.


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