Law Office of Matthew Konecky March 2018

THE KONECKY

MAR 2018

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561.671.5995 | 954.272.6187 | www.matthewkoneckypa.com 110 SE 6th Street, Suite 1700, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 4440 PGA Blvd, Suite 600, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 MASTER YOUR OWN LUCK HOW HARD WORK YIELDS GOOD RESULTS

L uck is a curious thing. As Obi-Wan Kenobi once said, “In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” While most of us aren’t trained in the ways of the Force, Obi-Wan may have a point. He was a man who made things happen. He knew what he wanted to achieve and worked toward his goals. When it comes to luck, there is a lesson we can learn from the Jedi master. I truly believe people don’t achieve success through sheer luck. They put in time and effort to reach their goals. When they look back on their lives, they may even say they’ve been lucky, but in reality, hard work was their true foundation. With St. Patrick’s Day as one of the defining days in March, a lot of people have luck on the brain. You may be thinking about how luck has influenced your life or how amazing it would be to have more of it. But here’s the thing: You can have more luck. You hold the power to make things happen for the better. A lot of people associate luck with superstition and ritual. They think they have to do things in a certain order or carry a specific charm wherever they go. But, you have more control over your luck than you may realize. When something “lucky” happens in your life, chances are it happened because you made it happen, not because you carry a four-leaf clover in your pocket. I recently had a conversation with a colleague over lunch about the different types of attorneys. For one, there’s the type of attorney who is successful because they do an exceptional job for their clients. They put in hard work, and it shows. Then, there’s another type of attorney whose personality dominates their image. They may have a magnetic persona, be charismatic and approachable, but they might not have the greatest track record in court. These two types of people can be applied to just about any profession. You see it in sports, politics, business, and in life in general. Some people are born with a naturally outgoing and approachable personality that allows them to find success.

The truth is, regardless of type of personality, we all have to put in hard work to find the success we want. Charismatic people still have to network and make strong professional connections. It’s an important part of building success. When you expand your network, you expand your horizons. When you want to make something happen, you have people you can turn to for help and advice. The more you network, the greater the likelihood you will meet someone who has the know-how and resources to help you achieve your goals. I got to where I am today because I put in a lot of hard work. I’ve made and striven to form solid relationships with countless people over the course of my career. These are the professionals I can call on when I need a little extra help. In short, I’ve made my own luck. When you know what you want to achieve and work hard toward that goal, you’ll end up with the luck you’ve been looking for. –Matthew Konecky

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YOUR UTILITY ROOM The Importance of Spring Cleaning

The start of spring brings everyone’s favorite seasonal chore — spring cleaning! As you dust, vacuum, organize, and declutter, don’t forget about the one room that often gets neglected. This year, give special attention to the utility closet. The utility closet houses your furnace, boiler, water heater, A/C junction, and other similar large appliances. Homeowners often forget about these appliances because they are out of sight and out of mind, and this can cost a lot in the long run. Like all the other rooms in your home, this space needs to be kept clean. Dust, for instance, can be hard on HVAC systems. Over time, it accumulates in the HVAC intake and clogs the air filter, reducing its effectiveness and efficiency. This results in a short lifespan for your system, higher power bills, and a poorly heated or cooled home.

In addition to changing the air filter, it’s important to schedule a routine inspection of your home’s HVAC system. This includes an inspection of the appliances themselves and any connecting ducts. Dust, dander, and mold can accumulate in the ducts and spread throughout the home, which can lead to health issues, including respiratory problems. A routine inspection will identify potential problems in your HVAC system. On top of that, you can get these systems professionally cleaned and maintained. These are simple steps that will keep your home’s air systems running smoothly for years to come. Plus, you’ll be ready for the summer months ahead!

How Often Should You Replace Your Air Filter?

• Homes with minimal foot traffic (single or double occupancy) and no pets or allergies: 6 to 12 months. • Family homes (three or more occupants) with no pets or allergies: 3 to 6 months. • Family homes with at least one pet or minor allergies: 2 to 3 months. • Family homes with multiple pets or allergies: 1 to 2 months.

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“Matthew did a great job on my case. He made himself available, anytime, to discuss my case particulars. He answered all the questions I had. He’s extremely responsive. He really seemed to care about the disposition of my case. Thank you very much, Matthew. It was a pleasure.” –John B. “Matthew Konecky is an amazing lawyer. He is so helpful with any traffic-related issues and I highly recommend his office if you ever are in need of these services. We have utilized him several times and always get a positive result. He is the best.” –David C. IFYOU HADAGREAT EXPERIENCEWITH OUR FIRM, WEWOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROMYOU. HERE’SWHAT TWO OFOUR HAPPYCLIENTS HAD TO SAY.

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WHY THEFT CRIMES ARE NOT ALWAYS PETTY

Civil Issues Not only does petty theft incur criminal charges, but there is a significant likelihood that the retail store will seek a civil attorney to pursue civil charges. Under Florida’s civil theft statute, a retailer can get three times the value of the merchandise taken or a minimum of $200. They are entitled to that money even if the merchandise is recovered. What’s more significant is that the statute provides the fees for the prevailing party’s attorney. A $10 knickknack taken from Claire’s boutique could end up costing several thousands of dollars in civil judgment costs along with any criminal sanction. On top of the potential civil court case, your arrest may be something you have to disclose to a potential employer. Since theft is a crime of moral turpitude, it may be a reason for a current employer to fire you, or for a potential future employer not to hire you. What to Do Simply put, there is nothing petty about petit theft. If you or a loved one has been charged with theft, download “My Loved One Has Been Arrested: What’s Next?” at matthewkoneckypa.com. Do not ignore any demand letters from civil attorneys. Save all court notices. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to respond to the charges. Make sure you tell them about the civil demand letter(s) so they can potentially negotiate a better resolution to the demand, saving you money in the long run.

Theft is one of the most common crimes. We all know someone who bragged about shoplifting as a teenager. If you’ve worked in retail, you’ve been on the lookout for this crime on a daily basis. Its statutory name, petit theft — aka “petty theft” — makes this offense sound insignificant. But being charged with petty theft is serious, and if you’re convicted, it can have a lasting effect on your life. Criminal Impact While the lowest form of petit theft is a second- degree misdemeanor, theft charges can potentially land you with a first-degree felony charge. According to the Florida statutes, “A person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently, deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property.” But it doesn’t take much to turn petit theft into grand theft. Any property taken in excess of $300 is considered grand theft — a third-degree felony.

After a second charge of petit theft, the defendant could face a felony theft charge, because the penalties are enhanced for each conviction. In addition to criminal

charges, trespass warnings are often issued, preventing the defendant from ever returning to that store. Upon returning after a trespass warning, an additional crime of trespass could be filed.

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Vegan Irish Nacho Pie Cooking With Ashley

Ingredients •

2 large potatoes, cut into bite-sized chunks 1 package vegan beefy crumbles (try Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles) 1 package vegan cheddar-style shredded cheese (we like Follow Your Heart)

1 cup Irish Cabbage Salsa (store-bought or homemade) 1 cup vegan sour cream (store-bought or homemade)

Sliced green onions

Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Layer the potatoes, vegan beefy crumbles, and vegan cheese shreds in a pan and bake for 20–30 minutes, or until the “cheese” melts. 2. Remove from the oven and top with the Irish Cabbage Salsa, vegan sour cream, and green onions. 3. Makes 6–8 servings.

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The 3 Best Places to See Beautiful Flowers

Flower Displays EARTH’S MOST BEAUTIFUL Spring is here, which means flora will soon be in full bloom. Flowers can be an easy pick-me-up or a great way to add color to your home, but some people take their flower obsession to the next level by planning botanical-themed vacations. Here are some of the most impressive gardens and flower displays in the world. Netherlands during the spring can witness 3,000 trees, which were a gift from Tokyo in 1912, flaunt their beautiful pink blossoms. The best time to see the spectacle is from the end of March through the end of April. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Desert lavender, flowering cacti, pygmy poppies, and rock daisies are just a few of the many wildflowers decorating Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The various native species are often seen weaved together to form a colorful carpet over any barren patch in the park, which is located just two hours from San Diego. In addition to flowers, visitors often spot bighorn sheep. Wildflower blossoms vary in intensity each year, but they typically begin to bloom in late February or early March.

Holland, most famous for its tulips, always draws visitors at the first sign of spring. One of its most famous destinations, Keukenhof, located in Lisse, is among the world’s largest flower gardens. The park is 79 acres and boasts approximately 7 million flowers each year. This colorful garden is open annually from mid-March to mid-May, but mid-April is the ideal time to see the tulips. Washington, D.C.

Next time you’re planning a spring trip, consider visiting one of the world’s most beautiful flower displays. No green thumb required.

Besides the monuments and historic buildings, one of the biggest attractions in Washington, D.C. is the cherry tree blossoms. Travelers who visit the Tidal Basin

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