Team Member Spotlight Victor Paxtian
Get Your Seasonal Allergies Before They Get You! Spring brings with it many wonderful things, like longer days, picturesque scenery, and spring break, but right alongside those good things is something most people suffer from: allergies. While beautiful, the blooming trees and flowers make you want to stay away from the great outdoors for fear of nonstop sneezing or puffy, watery eyes. If you suffer from allergies caused by pollen, grass, or other spring plants, take these steps to breathe a little easier. When outside, avoid walking through areas with weeds, shrubbery, or lots of trees as much as possible. Grass and weeds are notably problematic. The slightest breeze can send particles flying through the air in the blink of an eye. When you walk through grassy areas, pollen will get on you, your clothes, and your hair. It’s best to stick to trails, sidewalks, and other paved areas. If you do find yourself inundated with pollen or other allergens, your next best bet is to establish an at-home decontamination protocol. Take your shoes off at the door and make sure your clothes don’t come in contact with soft surfaces such as carpet, upholstery, or bedding. Take care to wash your “pollinated” clothes as soon as possible and wash your sheets and pillowcases weekly. Next, head for the shower. The sooner you can wash away the allergens, the better. Finally, don’t forget to replace the air filter in your home’s air system in the spring. Consider using an air filter designed to capture allergens. If your allergies are particularly troublesome, invest in a dedicated air filtration system or unit. While you can opt for portable, stand-alone air purifiers, there are larger systems that can be incorporated into your heating and air system that keep your entire home’s air free from most, if not all, common allergens.
Few people can claim to have been attorneys in more than one country; after all, no matter where you want to practice law, it usually takes years of work and schooling, and few countries are willing to credit out-of-country education because the laws are so different. But Victor Paxtian is one of those few! “I was in Mexico City, working as a lawyer and helping people come to the United States — and now I’m in the U.S. and helping people stay here,” he says. “But no matter where I am, I’m just happy to be able to help people. Everybody needs a new beginning sometimes.” Victor’s own new beginning gives him a lot in common with many of his clients. “There’s a culture difference, coming to America,” Victor says. “And as a lawyer, the bureaucracy here isn’t as bad. But the biggest change is that people here have access to technology more regularly — they can get documents or forms almost immediately.” It’s something that Victor wishes had been more available in Mexico City when he worked there. Victor was originally born in Veracruz — “North America’s oldest city,” he’s quick to point out. “But my favorite city in the world is New York,” he adds. “People who think they’re rushing all the time in New York should see Mexico City! As you can tell, I love to travel, and I also love to play tennis. I haven’t been able to do much of either lately!” We hope that Victor gets a chance to travel again soon, and we’re so grateful for his hard work. Be sure to check this space next month for another attorney interview: the wonderful Lauren Barker Hachad!
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