Finney Injury Law - July 2020

MAKE YOUR GAME NIGHTS EXTRA SPECIAL WITH A FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT ROOM

Families around the world are finding new ways to spend time with each other, and their homes are changing accordingly. Whether your family members are video gamers, movie enthusiasts, or board game fans, everyone can benefit from having a dedicated entertainment room. Here are some tips for putting one together. USE YOUR SPACE WISELY. Consider the advantages and challenges of your available space. You don’t want small spaces to feel cramped, and you don’t want large spaces to feel empty. If your room is small, then design the space to serve multiple purposes, like installing a bar with a TV on the opposite wall. If your room is large, then why not have two or more TVs to let visitors play multiple games or watch different shows? A projector can also be used to maximize a room’s space. It allows you and your guests to utilize an entire wall without requiring much physical space. SET UP SURROUND SOUND. Whether you’re using your entertainment room for movies, music, video games, or all of the above, investing in high- quality speakers will pay off instantly. You can set them

up around the room for clearer, more immersive sound for movies and games, and by spacing out each speaker, you can eliminate cord clutter and tangle. SOUNDPROOF YOUR SPACE. Trying to impress your guests with great sound doesn’t mean that your entire neighborhood has to hear what you’re watching! Soundproofing not only helps shield your neighbors from action game explosions and booming movie scores, but it also improves the sound quality in the room. Thick curtains and carpets, wall-mounted foam panels, or freestanding acoustic panels work for basic soundproofing, but if you plan to utilize your space every day and night, then consider hiring a contractor to help estimate materials and cost for a more sophisticated soundproof space. HAVE GREAT LIGHTING. There’s nothing more inviting than a well-lit space, and this also applies to your entertainment room. Whether you’re playing a board game or putting together puzzles with the whole family, mood lighting can make the experience feel even more cozy and special. Try experimenting with different, stylish lamps or overhead fixtures to light up your space.

HOW CHANGING PRACTICES CAN BENEFIT EVERYONE THE FUTURE OF THE LAW

In the past, if you needed to work with a lawyer on a legal case, then all proceedings had to be done in person. Emails and phone calls have long been part of the process, but the really “important” moments needed to happen face to face. With the changes brought about by COVID-19, lawyers have been forced to adapt those traditional practices, and it’s opened up a world of exciting new possibilities when it comes to the practice of law. At Finney Injury Law, we’ve been in situations before that called for doing depositions via videoconferencing, so the concept isn’t entirely new to us. But as trial lawyers who spend a lot of time in court interacting with other people, it wasn’t a common practice. Now, with social distancing orders only just beginning to be lifted, law firms and courts have had to find ways to be innovative about pushing cases and trials forward. Ultimately, this has created systems for procedures that likely never would have come to fruition without the push of social restriction. And the reality most have discovered is that it’s not as challenging as some assumed it would be. In

fact, remote work and videoconferencing present incredible opportunities for everyone. When you can dial into court proceedings instead of having to travel to where they’re occurring, you have the ability to get more done. Across the country, courts are actually getting through their backlog of cases more quickly than ever before, simply because without travel time for everyone involved in the case, proceedings can occur with much more frequency. The same goes for our own office, and it’s something our clients should see as a benefit to their cases. Eliminating the need to travel provides extra time to focus on the work each case needs. Our systems of telecommunication have been a great experience for everyone involved, and we’re excited about the prospect of continuing these practices. The future of the law is changing, and we want you to embrace those changes with us. If you or a loved one has a personal injury case you’d like to discuss, then call our office so we can help.

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