Law Office of Justin Stivers October 2018

Justin B.Stivers T H E L AW O F F I C E S O F A P R O B AT E F I R M


October 2018

From Rubber Boots to Wool Suits How the City of Miami Inspires Me Every Day

When I was in Honduras working in the Peace Corps, work attire was a little different than it is now. Because I was living in the dense jungle of the mountains, my clothes served the purpose of utility rather than appearance. It was imperative I wear the gear that best equipped me to do the job, so rubber boots and rain gear was an integral part of my daily wardrobe. The tropical climate varied a lot, and I had to be prepared for that. It was very different from the pastels and glamour of South Beach attire, but it taught me a lot about the value of presentation. Fast-forward to today, and the rain boots, long hair, and mountain gear of the Peace Corps have been swapped out for leather shoes, a wool suit, and a crisp tie. I dress to reflect not only the respect I have for what I do, but also for my clients. The legal profession is not something to approach lightly, and I believe that starts with how you present yourself. I see attorneys come to court in slacks, and it makes me wonder if that’s how they approach their clients and their careers. When you dress to command respect and carry yourself accordingly, you’re carrying out your clients’ wishes with dignity and respect. Most people don’t like walking the streets of Miami in a tie and jacket, but it shows you’re serious. My surroundings motivate me, so how others dress plays a significant role in how I view myself. When I see another lawyer or businessperson present themselves in a classy way, I look at them as my competition. represent my clients in the same way. When I first came to Miami and saw a Lamborghini driving along the coast, I knew I wanted to step my game up. Being in the trenches of Honduras and seeing so many people bound They come off as competent, and I find inspiration in figuring out how I can

That starts every morning when I look in my closet. It puts me in the mindset that I need to go out and seize the day for my clients and my future. Just putting on a suit doesn’t make you a great lawyer, but it motivates me internally, which leads to desire and, ultimately, success.

by limitations, unable to achieve what they wanted from life, drove me to strive for more. They had no outlet for their abilities, so I set out with their desires etched into my ambition and used that to push my life to new heights. Halloween is a time where everyone dresses up and tries to be someone else, but I wake up every day trying to be the best possible version of me. Dressing up in a suit isn’t my costume; it’s a part of who I am. My wife and I want to have a life that inspires others.

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Learn a New Language as a Family LET YOUR CHILDREN SPEAK TO THE WORLD


As the weather cools down, finding ways to spend quality time as a family can become challenging. It’s too cold to camp or barbecue, and money may be tight with the holidays coming up. So why not turn learning a new skill into a bonding experience this fall? You can do it inside, it’s free, and it will open doors around the world for the rest of your children’s lives.

Did you know that 40 million Americans currently speak Spanish at home? The U.S. is the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, and we border the largest, so learning this language is a great way for children to communicate with more people in their community, and they’ll be more hirable as adults. Bonus : It’s commonly considered one of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn. Mandarin is the most-spoken language on the planet, and China’s growth as an economic powerhouse has made this language even more useful around the world. German, Arabic, and Japanese speakers are also highly sought-after in the job market. Of course, you can always let your wanderlust or passions decide for you! Is your child obsessed with K-Pop? Have them learn Korean. Want to take them to Paris someday? Enroll in French classes.


Speaking multiple languages creates opportunities for your child. Being bilingual makes you more qualified for a variety of exciting careers and can improve your competitiveness in the job market. Knowing a second language can also allow you to travel with greater ease and become more culturally well-rounded. There are some studies that claim learning languages is even good for your health. Research shows that our language acquisition skills peak in childhood or adolescence, so starting young is the best way to become fluent. If your child is in school, they probably already know classmates who speak another language.



If you’ve ever had a friend or loved one suffer a debilitating injury, you know how powerless you can feel to help. You want to make a difference, but in the face of severe medical challenges, it can be hard to know how. It’s important to remember that, while you may not be able to have a direct impact on your loved one’s physical recovery, there are concrete actions you can take to support them in ways doctors can’t. Traumatic injuries can make many aspects of day-to-day life difficult or impossible. Simply making dinner or taking their kids to school may now be herculean tasks for your loved one. Offering to be a volunteer driver or preparing a home-cooked meal can give that person a much-needed breather. Taking the time to help your friend with everyday tasks is more than just a practical gesture — it lets them know they don’t have to bear the burden of their injury alone. SUPPORT THEIR EVERYDAY LIFE.

People faced with injuries, disabilities, and illnesses can feel emotionally isolated from their friends and loved ones. They may feel that others won’t understand their pain or that they should put on a brave face and not complain. You can’t force your friend to talk about their issues, but simply being there to listen to what your friend is going through makes a world of difference. Having someone who is willing to listen without judgment can provide a salve for emotional hardship. Sometimes an injury can leave your loved one tangled up in disputes with opportunistic insurance companies or individuals they feel are responsible for their injuries. While you may not be able to represent your friend’s legal interests in these situations, you can introduce them to someone who can. Referring your friend to a personal injury firm you trust can help them chart a path toward just compensation for their injuries. SUPPORT THEIR RIGHTS.

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Do You or Someone You Love Need to Schedule a Mammogram? EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Organized, in the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s words, to “honor those at every step of the breast cancer journey,” the annual observance has also served to educate the public and raise

funds for research. Learn more about this deadly but survivable disease, and find out how you can help.


Learning a new skill has never been easier! While there’s no substitute for a full-time class or moving to another country, there are countless ways to teach yourself a new language right at home, usually for free. YouTube tutorials, podcasts, and audiobooks let you rewind and listen to the lessons as many times as needed to master pronunciations. Can’t tear your child away from their cellphone? Download Duolingo, rated by as the best free language-learning app of 2018.

BREAST CANCER IS EXTREMELY COMMON. According to the NBCF, 1 in 8 American women will be

diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. It is the second leading cause of death in women (behind heart disease). A breast cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence, however. Thanks to research and ongoing education, there are over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today. WHAT CAUSES BREAST CANCER? Breast cancer is caused by damage to cells’ DNA. It’s most common in women over the age of 40, though approximately 2,500 men in the U.S. are diagnosed each year as well. The risk of breast cancer increases with age. Most risk factors, such as age, gender, and family history, cannot be changed. However, research shows that exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy diet and weight, and minimizing alcohol consumption may reduce your chance of being diagnosed with the disease. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may also place you at higher risk. ANNUAL MAMMOGRAMS ARE FREE. Early detection is the biggest factor in breast cancer survival. There’s some debate among researchers and insurance companies over the “right” age to begin screening, but most sources agree that women should begin to get regular mammograms in their 40s (and earlier if they have a family history of the disease). The Affordable Care Act (ADA) requires all health insurance plans to cover the cost of annual mammograms for women age 40 and older , and there are many organizations devoted to providing free mammograms to uninsured individuals. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Visit to learn how to help. The NBCF funds cancer research, works to provide free mammograms to low-income women, and serves as a resource for patients and their families. Many cities also have local organizations in need of donations and volunteers. Contrary to popular myths, breast cancer is not caused by milk, microwave ovens, cellphones, caffeine, plastic cutlery, or deodorants.



1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds

1 large egg white

1/4 cup raw cashews, coarsely chopped

1 teaspoon light agave syrup

1/2 teaspoon garammasala or curry powder

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup shelled pumpkin seeds


1. Heat oven to 300 F. 2. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. 3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together egg white, agave, salt, and spices. Add nuts and seeds and toss until evenly coated. 4. Using a slotted spoon, strain spoonfuls of mixture over bowl and transfer to baking sheet. Discard excess egg white mixture. 5. Bake 20–25 minutes, tossing once. 6. Let cool and serve.

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Rubber Boots to Wool Suits

Learn a New Language as a Family Ways to Support a Recovering Loved One Spiced Pumpkin Seed Crunch October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


The Surprising Origins of Trick-or-Treating

Why There Are Kids on Your Porch Asking for Candy The History of Trick-or-Treating

angels, and the occasional demon instead of spirits. Eventually, costumed children started tearing through town begging for food and money and singing a song or prayer in return— a practice called“souling.” But when did they start dressing up as Minions? Starting in the 19th century, souling turned to “guising,”which gave way to trick-or-treating in mid-20th-century America, and the costumes diversified. So put on some clown makeup and a big smile, scoop up a handful of sweets, and scare the living daylights out of ‘em— ‘tis the season!

As Halloween looms and you load up your grocery cart with candy, youmay ask yourself,“Why do I provide these spooky gremlins with a sugar high every Oct. 31, anyway?”Well, when your doorbell starts ringing around 6 p.m. this All Hallows’Eve, you can thank the Celts for this tradition of candy and costumes.

in hand, the Celts believed that Samuin marked an overlapping of the realms of the living and the dead. To trick the spirits leaking into our world, young men donned flowing white costumes and black masks — a great disguise when ghosts were about. The Catholic Church was never a big fan of these pagan traditions, so they renamed it“All Saints’ Day”and gussied it up in religious garb. By the 11th century, people were dressing up as saints,

Halloween itself is a kind of mishmash of four different cultural festivals of old: two Roman fêtes, which commemorated the dead and the goddess of fruit and trees (not at the same time); the Celtic Samuin or Samhain, a new year’s party thrown at the end of our summer; and the Catholic All Saint’s Day, designed to replace Samuin and divorce it from its pagan origins.

Long before there were young’uns on your porch dressed as Thanos with candy-filled pillowcases

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