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FUTURE ENDEAVORS FOR BUSINESS AND SELF PLANNING AND REGROUPING
January signals the end of the previous year and the start of the new one. Many people are busy beginning to plan and regroup by setting goals to find out where they need to go from this point. Goal setting, both for my business and myself, is one of the most significant parts of my life and key to my success. Every year, I sit down and review last year’s failures and achievements, considering what I did really well and where I need to improve. I start developing a course of action for the next year that I can follow and accomplish. The key is not to just write something down, never to look at it until the following year. You need to read it every month to check your progress. This is a process I use when I’m setting goals for the business and myself. In order to continue to achieve success in my business, everyone on my team, including me, needs to continuously learn, grow, and develop. We do this to ensure we have the cutting-edge techniques we need to effectively handle cases and trials. It’s vital for us to review this every year and create a plan of action to continue to learn
and consult together on ways we can improve. In my experience, it’s a great thing to zero in on and is invaluable to our success. One aspect we’ll focus on this year is to continue mastering high-level trials, especially by communicating effectively with the jury and judges. We want to focus on the way our words, techniques, and demonstrative aids can help us support our clients with their cases. Nowadays, you can’t walk into court and just talk to a jury like you see in old “Matlock” shows. The jurors almost demand to have a more pseudo- Hollywood experience inside the court. Jurors who’ve watched shows such as “CSI” have come to want and expect in a real trial the things they see on screen. None of what is shown on those shows is realistic, but we do have advanced technology and demonstrative aids that bring the story to life. It’s thanks to these tools that jurors can understand certain situations in a case much better than if someone were to just explain it. We make certain to train and stay up-to-date on the services needed to provide our clients with crucial trial technology
and techniques. We’re continually on the lookout for the latest strategies and brainstorming helpful ways to incorporate them into each of our cases. While my work takes up a lot of my attention, I also want to make sure I have enough time for my family. I’m passionate about my work and my clients. It’s imperative that I maintain relationships with them. However, I also want to ensure that I’m always there for my family when they need me. A personal goal that means a great deal to me is to make sure that I’m home for my wife and daughter. I want to be there for them, spend quality time with them, and be involved in Addy’s life along with the activities she enjoys doing. My plan is to start working a little less on the computer in the evenings when I’m at home. I want to try and cut down on that this year and focus on being a little more present when I come home from work during the week. I’m someone who can worry about a case 24/7, so carving a few hours out of that time spent stressing to focus solely on my family will be a great thing for me. This goal is truly important to me as a father, husband, and an attorney, and I invite you to have a similar ambition for the new year.
“I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT MY WORK AND MY CLIENTS. IT’S IMPERATIVE THAT I MAINTAIN RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM. HOWEVER, I ALSO WANT TO ENSURE THAT I’M ALWAYS THERE FOR MY FAMILY WHEN THEY NEED ME.”
–Dustin L. Compton
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GET MORE LIFE OUT OF YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES
When was the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? If you’re like most people, you may not remember. As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your wiper blades about once a year, assuming they’ve been through a normal level of wear and tear. However, with a few easy steps, you can make your blades last longer without compromising visibility. Keep your windshield and wipers clean of debris, dirt, dust, and other particles. Anything on the window or the blades can cause damage. Simply wiping them off with a microfiber cloth can go a long way. •
In cold weather, always clear your windshield of ice and snow before activating your wiper blades. Ice can shorten the life span of most wiper blades significantly. Every time you gas up your vehicle, take a moment to clean your windshield and the wiper blades. You can run the squeegee sponge over the wiper blade or use a paper towel. Watch your washer fluid levels and top it off regularly. When you run a cleaning cycle without washer fluid, the wiper blades deteriorate.
How do you know when it’s time to replace your blades? The first sign is when they start streaking. However, in some cases, streaking may be caused by dirt or other grime stuck to the blades. If they continue to streak or skip after cleaning, they need to be replaced. Thankfully, wiper blades are typically the least expensive and easiest car part to replace. With this in mind, remember that you get what you pay for, and it pays to do research. There are many different blades on the market. Some are suited for icy conditions and some are designed for sunny weather. Take your time to read product descriptions to ensure you install blades that are right for your vehicle.
TESTIMONIALS THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR KIND WORDS!
”Dustin was a great lawyer for me. He was there for everything and took the time to show me what was going on. I would tell anyone in need of a lawyer to choose him. He’s the best at what he does, hands down!”
certainly shook me up. His caring nature built an unwavering trust. When he moved back to his home town, I was excited to be a part of what was in store for the future. “Dustin, Keenan, and J.T. each bring a unique view to your case. We get to know you personally and how the event you have experienced has changed your life. You won’t regret giving us a chance!”
“Very helpful and professional. Thank you so much for not being afraid to fight for my son and me.”
“Compton law provided excellent representation and worked hard for my family. The professionalism was outstanding, leaving us pleased with a successful outcome in my case.”
“I was a client before I became an employee. Even though Dustin was at a large firm, he took the time to help me with my car accident. It wasn’t a big money maker, but it
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A TRUST VS. A WILL
KNOW WHICH IS BETTER FOR YOU
AVOIDING PROBATE There are several benefits you can gain by choosing a trust.
• Your assets are instantly available to your family after your death. Your family can access your property immediately, using it to pay taxes, expenses, and debts without waiting on the probate court’s approval.
When you start thinking about what will happen to your assets after you’ve passed away, it’s important to consider setting up a will or a trust. During the estate-planning process, you’ll have to choose one or the other to protect your assets and loved ones after you pass. On the surface, it is sometimes difficult to determine the difference between the two, but a trust will generally give you more options than you’d have with a will. THE DIFFERENCE A last will and testament goes into effect after you’ve passed away. It’s a written and signed document that records your last wishes for how your property and finances are to be distributed. When you’re gone, your possessions are given to the people indicated in the will through a court process called probate. When you decide to use a living trust, your loved ones can avoid the probate process entirely. Once the trust is in place, the trustee becomes the legal owner of the real property that you put into it, which means court involvement is not needed.
• If you have a child, grandchild, or a dependent with special needs, a trust can provide for them throughout their lives.
• Your privacy will be protected through a trust. Probate proceedings are public records. If you own real property, mineral rights, or investment accounts, there will be a case filed with the county court, and documents associated with the case can become available online. • A living trust gives you control over your property if you become disabled or incapacitated. A will does not go into effect until you pass away. Therefore, it cannot protect you while you’re still alive. Without a trust, your care could end up being dictated by the court, and the proceedings could become public record. If you’re planning an estate in Oklahoma, it’s crucial that you speak to an attorney to ensure your wishes are honored after your death. Call our offices today to learn more about your options and which choice is best for you.
PEANUT BUTTER AND BERRY FRENCH TOAST
8 slices brioche, 1/2-inch thick
1. On a large baking sheet lined with wax paper, place 4 slices of brioche and spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each. Cover with remaining slices, creating sandwiches. 2. In a pie plate, beat eggs with cream and vanilla. In another, coarsely crush the cornflakes. 3. Lightly soak sandwiches in the egg mixture, then dredge in cornflakes, pressing to adhere. Return to baking sheet. 4. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Once melted and up to temperature, add sandwiches, cooking on one side until golden and crisp, about 2–3 minutes. 5. Return sandwiches to baking sheet, add remaining butter, and repeat on other side. 6. Top sandwiches with berries, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve with maple syrup.
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 large eggs
1/8 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups cornflakes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups mixed berries
Powdered sugar, to sprinkle
Maple syrup, for serving
Inspired by Delish
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The Best Skiing Destinations in the World
WHO’S READY FOR SOME POWDER?
WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA A destination that looks like a cross between a Nordic paradise and Olympic- level runs, Whistler is filled with true magic, winter activities, and a town that captivates the senses. When you see the mountains of British Columbia, you’ll understand why they hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. The location’s beauty is only part of your stimulating experience, because every curve of fresh powder makes your pupils dilate. Once you’re done flying down the hill where Bode Miller took the bronze, head over to the winter wonderland of the old Olympic Village for a cozy night in a picturesque town.
ST. ANTON, AUSTRIA If you want a great location for next year’s Christmas card photo, there’s no better place than the Tyrolean Alps. Nestled in a valley between perfectly molded mountains, the Austrian landscape provides a beautiful backdrop for your winter excursions. The densely wooded areas and the bright reflection of the snow frame the vibrant town that’s just waiting to be explored. When you’re ready for world-class runs, hop in one of the 11 gondolas and zip down the hills that hosted the 2001 Alpine World Ski Championships.
The sound of the first carve through fresh powder is the anthem of all winter sports enthusiasts. Here are three of the world’s best places to experience that powder you’ve been craving all year. BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO John Denver’s anthem “Rocky Mountain high” is about the freedom he felt here. Where there are great mountains, there’s even better snow. The ski resort boasts five peaks, 187 trails, 34 lifts, four terrain parks, and a renowned cross-country trail. After a day on the slopes, head into the town of Breckenridge for dining and activities that ditch the glitz and glamour of Vail or Aspen and take you straight to the heart of fun.
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