Cronin Law Firm - December 2019



December 2019

WE GIVE EVERYTHINGWE HAVE To Serve, Empower, and Protect

I’ve worked hard to assemble a great team by instilling a strong work ethic and culture of caring at my firm. From communicating with our clients to representing their interests fiercely, we give everything we can. We treat our clients as extended members of our family with civility, dignity, courtesy, and respect. I look forward to connecting with you here every other month and sharing more about our firm. If you should ever have any questions, we’re just a phone call away. Thank you for being part of what makes this community so great. From all of us at the firm, we wish you a happy, healthy, and blessed holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous new year.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Missing from the photo are our newest members of the firm: Henry Gornbein, Senior Attorney, and Receptionist/ Legal Assistant, Ashley McAdoo

Hello and happy holidays!


This time of year, I often find myself reflecting on our firm’s journey. Since the very first days of Cronin Law Firm, my focus has been on helping people. I started the firm so I could be a voice and give strength to those who need it. As the firm has grown, our team and I have stayed committed to offering the personalized experience clients have come to expect. Each member of our team listens with care and compassion; each person we serve is treated as an individual, not a number. We understand that your matter is the most important part of your life in that moment, and we treat it that way. While it was just me in the early days of Cronin Law Firm, over the last several years, I have built a team who shares my values and philosophy of service. Our mission is helping people by empowering them throughout not only their legal issues but also their lives altogether. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of service possible.

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Farmington Hills Police Department FLEOA Grace Centers of Hope Joel Osteen Ministry Layne Sakwa for Judge Legionaries of Christ Metro Jets Hockey Club Network for Good Orion/Oxford Soccer League Oakland Jr. Grizzles AAA Golf Outing The Restore Foundation

West Bloomfield Police Foundation Women Officials Network Foundation Plymouth Congregational Church Boy Scouts Inspiration Ministries Zero Cancer Grand Tavern Charity Golf Outing Southwest Oakland Warriors Baseball Team Good Girl Comeback

Common Ground St. Vincent Ferrer Evangelical Homes Everest Academy

Fallen & Wounded Heroes St. Joseph Catholic Church

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MEDICAL MIRACLE ORHEALTHHOAX? 3 Red Flags to Watch Out For The new year is a great time to make your health a priority again, and there are a bunch of workouts and diet plans to choose from. Too many, some might say. It can be difficult to determine exactly which health plan will help you reach your goals, but there are some pretty obvious red flags that you’ll want to avoid. BEWARE THE DREADED ‘DETOX’ Plenty of diets, supplements, and products claim to “purify” your body by removing unspecified “toxins.” These “detoxes” conveniently forget that your kidneys and liver are already removing substances your body doesn’t need! The human body has been capable of cleansing itself for thousands of years. It doesn’t need a special smoothie or footpads to get the job done. Most detox products are nothing but snake oil, and some of them can leave you feeling worse than you did before you started using them. Unless you have been diagnosed with a disease that would impair your liver or kidneys, you don’t need to spend extra money to keep your insides clean. A healthy diet is enough. CELLULITE ISN’T REAL In 1968, Vogue magazine introduced American women to the word “cellulite,” warning them of a terrible “diagnosed” condition women suffered from. They encouraged the use of a special rolling pin to banish the little lumps of fat on women’s thighs and buttocks. Since then, cellulite has been used as shorthand to mean “bad body fat you need to remove.” But cellulite is not an indication of poor health. Furthermore, there’s no cure for cellulite because it’s not a disease. It would be like using a special lotion that claims it can remove the wrinkled skin on your knuckles! Most people, especially women, have cellulite. It’s perfectly natural! If you want to get in shape this year, avoid diets or products that claim to melt cellulite. This is a clear indication these treatments aren’t based on real medical science. CURE-ALLS CURE NOTHING A “cure-all” is any product, treatment, or diet that claims to cure a bunch of unrelated medical problems. Cure-alls have been a problem for centuries, claiming to help with weight loss, migraines, heart disease, anxiety, depression, and even baldness! This isn’t how medicine or the human body works. One change cannot magically fix many different, sometimes unrelated, problems. A good way to determine if something is a cure-all is to check if it claims to help treat, prevent, or cure cancer. That’s a big red flag you want to avoid.

ROYAL RINKS Curling Athletes Every Fan Should Know Every four years, as some of the world’s best Olympic athletes battle for gold medals, the world falls in love with curling. Curling originated in 16th-century Scotland and is most popular in Canada, where many Scots immigrated. Now, 480 years after the first recorded instance of curling occurred on a frozen pond in Scotland, many devotees have left their mark on the sport’s history. These are just a few of the greats. ROY THIESSEN Choosing only one devoted coach to highlight is difficult, but it must be Roy Thiessen. Roy coached championship teams — or rinks, as they are called in curling — at both provincial and national levels. His expertise led him to chair the first Saskatchewan Summer Games in 1972, the World Junior Men’s Curling Championships in 1979, and the World Ladies’ Curling Championships in 1983. Budding athletes can learn all of Roy’s secrets and the fundamentals of curling in the numerous books he wrote. HARVEY MAZINKE CURLING TEAM In 1973, Canada held its collective breath as the Harvey Mazinke Curling Team took their final shot in a world championship match against Sweden. The rock ultimately failed to reach the rings, crowning Sweden as world champions and snapping the 10-0 record Harvey Mazinke had built during a week of competition. But regardless of that final score, Harvey Mazinke’s impact on the sport was not diminished. The teamwas crowned the Canadian Men’s Curling Champions in 1973, and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame recognizes them as “ambassadors to the game.” JOYCE MCKEE CURLING TEAM Without Joyce McKee, Sylvia Fedoruk, Donna Belding, and Muriel Coben, the Canadian Ladies Curling Association Championship, now called the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, would have never become the nationally recognized organization it is today. The aforementioned women were part of the Joyce McKee rink and were the first winners of the championship in 1960. Their style, play, and knowledge propelled women’s curling into the leagues of men’s competitions, proving that women could compete at just as high of a level as their male peers. To this day, the Joyce McKee rink’s accuracy is unparalleled. If you can’t wait another two years before curling hits center stage at the Winter Olympics, check out the podcast “Curling Legends” to get your fix of curling greatness.

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3. ‘INTERVIEW’ YOUR TOP CANDIDATES. Once you’ve done your research, select 3–4 top candidates. Make appointments (ask if these are complementary first) with each one and “interview” them with specific questions related to your situation. Even as you’re meeting with them, know that there are no guarantees in any type of legal matter, so take any promises an attorney makes with a grain of salt.

If you’ve never needed a lawyer before, finding one you feel comfortable working with who focuses on the area of law you need can be a daunting task. For a lot of our clients, it’s the first time they’re going through this process. Bombarded by billboards and radio ads from various law firms vying for your attention, it’s hard to knowwho is going to be best for you and your case. First, take a deep breath. It’s going to be okay. Then, find some clarity and direction with this step-by-step guide put together by Sabrina Cronin



At the end of the day, how you feel is the most important factor. If you don’t feel comfortable with an attorney or aren’t feeling heard when you first meet them, then they’re probably not going to be the best person to represent your case. Want to know more? You can find this and other legal topics covered on the Cronin Law Firm YouTube channel, where our experienced and compassionate founder, attorney Sabrina

When you’re looking for an attorney, ask people you know and trust who can give you their honest opinion of attorneys they know. Use this as a starting point to gather a list of potential candidates.


Once you have a list of potential lawyers, check out their website, Google reviews,

Avvo reviews, and Martindale profile ( Find out from the Michigan State Bar Association if a lawyer you’re considering has had any suspensions or grievances against them.

Shaheen-Cronin, talks through the common legal issues people face every day. Subscribe today at and stay up to date on the legal matters that matter to you!



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1 lemon, halved

1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise


• • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces 3. Meanwhile, in a roasting pan, toss onions and carrots in olive oil and seasonwith salt, pepper, and 20 sprigs of thyme. 4. Place the chicken on the vegetables and roast for 1 1/2 hours. 5. Remove from oven, and let stand for 20 minutes covered with foil. 6. Slice and serve with the vegetables. • • Olive oil

1 chicken, approx. 5–6 lbs

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Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

1 large bunch fresh thyme, 20 sprigs removed

DIRECTIONS 1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. Rinse chicken inside and out, removing giblets if included. Move to a work surface, pat dry, and liberally season with salt and pepper. Stuff cavity with thyme bunch, lemon

halves, and garlic head. Brush outside with butter, and then season again. Tie chicken legs together with kitchen string.

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Detroit Area Events

DETROIT AREA EVENTS AND FESTIVITIES Ways to Give Back and Celebrate the Holiday Season During the holiday season, heartwarming events or eye-catching light displays are everywhere. Here are a few ways to enjoy the season with everything from volunteer opportunities to Santa Claus.

MITTENS FOR DETROIT When: Oct. 1–Jan. 31

A wonderful way to stay active with the whole family is heading to the Frankenmuth ice skating rink in Campus Martius Park. Set amidst downtown Detroit in the center of all the action, you and your family will be in awe of the views and setting. The rink is described as the premier family-friendly outdoor rink in Michigan, and in the region, and it’s open seven days a week and holidays now through the new year! Enjoy! Where: Red Oaks Waterpark, Madison Heights Enjoy 1,000 programmable elements and over 100,000 animated lights twinkling as you drive through this holiday light show. Watch the lights dance in sync to Christmas music from the warmth of your car along almost a mile of decorated thruway. Bring along some hot cocoa and nestle next to your loved ones for the perfect start to the holiday season. SANTA’S ROCK N LIGHTS When: Nov. 22– Dec. 31

Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Mittens for Detroit, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that collects, purchases, and distributes mittens to people in our community each year around the holiday season. Since its inception, the organization has collected and distributed over a quarter-million pairs of mittens. You can help by donating your time, collecting mittens, or even attending one of their events. During what they call The Big Sort, hundreds of volunteers process mittens for pickup and distribution to a network of nearly 100 agencies, schools, shelters, veterans’ organizations, health facilities, and senior centers. You can obtain more information by visiting their website: THE FRANKENMUTH RINK AT CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK When: Nov. 22 – March 8 Where: Campus Martius Park, Detroit


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