LAW NEWS SEPTEMBER 2018
Welcome to the Law Offices of Paul Levin, Larry Brick!
If you recall the May edition of our newsletter, we referenced how our network of multiple office locations creates a complex we like to call “The Law Buildings.” The elaborate web of offices throughout this matrix creates a hive of information sharing. Lawyers, clerks, private investigators, and other businesses all mingle to learn from each other and grow. That’s why we love to tell people that if we can’t solve your problem in our practice, we definitely know of someone with integrity and ability who can. In some cases, we build such profound relationships based on reciprocity and shared paradigms that friendship just won’t cut it. That’s what happened when we decided to join forces with Lawrence (Larry) Brick. At our firm, we’re always trying to find ways to expand what we offer to better serve our clients. Larry brings a wealth of experience in all things workers’ compensation, so when we were presented with the opportunity to welcome him on board, the decision was easy.
community college, so service to our community is a big part of his entire family’s life. Larry’s knowledge and ability to help clients make him a powerful new weapon in our arsenal, but it’s the breadth of his knowledge and how he applies his expertise to better people’s lives that have us feeling lucky. “I just want to serve clients to the best of my
ability,” says Larry. “Being a part of this team means we have more resources to do everything we can for the clients. That’s what most people don’t understand. Workers’ comp is all about the clients. There are lots of underdogs out there, and they need advocates.” Bringing Larry on board has been a seamless process because we’ve been collaborating for over 20 years and had the wonderful opportunity of learning and growing under his support and guidance on many cases. Rather than simply exchanging pleasantries back and forth, we’re now under one roof and one mission: to get results for our clients. We’re still working toward that objective, but as Larry says, “I’m still learning every day as a lawyer. Working with Paul and Kelly is just another step in that direction.” If Larry isn’t busting cases wide open, you’re sure to find him hanging out with his family and playing with his lovely Maltese, Lexi. Don’t worry; no one is replacing Jack, but it’s nice to have another dog lover on the team. We’re incredibly excited to have Larry assisting our firm, and we know you’ll love him too. If you see Larry hanging around 53 Oak Street in “The Law Buildings,” say hi. If you need his expertise, give him a ring at 860-521-5720.
“BEING A PART OF THIS TEAM MEANS WE HAVE MORE RESOURCES TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN FOR THE CLIENTS.”
According to Larry, he was drawn to the stability of the firm. “I’ve worked very hard to be where I am in my career, and I don’t want to waste my decades of experience,” says Larry. “Paul, Kelly and the team at the Law Offices of Paul Levin are amazing. They’ve supported my professional effort while we all work to serve the people of Connecticut better.” Larry has been practicing law here for 40 years, helping countless people throughout the state of Connecticut. His passion for our state spills into all facets of his work. His wife was a school teacher for 33 years at Buckley High School in Hartford, where she served as chairperson of the school board, and currently teaches at a local
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School has started. Youth sports are in full swing. Work is crazy. Food has become more about necessity than enjoyment. All of this can only mean one thing: Fall has begun. The crazy schedules this time of year can make it tough for parents to keep their heads on straight; making it through the insanity sometimes feels more like survival than life. But there are tactics you can employ to turn the tide and find more time for yourself. Tag Team There’s no reason to try to do everything on your own. The phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” exists because managing the stressors of life requires help. A great place to start is by establishing car pools with a parent group you trust. You can alternate drivers weekly, which provides the opportunity for you to focus your attention on other priorities — or if you’re lucky, have some freedom. The Right Tool for the Job Technology makes organization easier and more accessible than ever. By using a tool like a shared calendar, you can coordinate the entire family’s schedule so you never miss a beat. And apps like Mealime and MealBoard give you the ability to whip up food that is cost-effective and delicious. Need a Personal Assistant to Manage Your Kids’ Crazy Schedules? Dogs are everyone’s best friend. Just take a peek at Jack this month. How can you not love that face? Dogs provide love and an outlet for compassion, and they bind many families together. Unfortunately, our furry friends don’t always show the affection we know they’re capable of. A dog acts out for many reasons, and we want to help. We deal with dog-bite victims all the time, and the one common denominator we find in these cases is that most could have been prevented. While these three suggestions are not guaranteed to limit dog bites completely, they will help instill some proper behavioral practices for your furry friend. Structure and Boundaries Dogs are creatures of conditioning. They respond directly to their training and the boundaries their owners create. Too often, a dog is blamed for lashing out because of their breed or “natural inclinations” when the truth is that the owner is to blame. If you find your dog running rampant at a dog park or being disobedient, try creating a system of distinct limitations — and enforce them. Positive Reinforcement The days of smacking your dog to train them are long gone. Dogs crave your positive reinforcement — they
Teamwork Makes the DreamWork While you’re busy trying to rally the troops at soccer practice, the scene at home resembles a horror movie. Laundry is piling up, food is spoiling in the fridge, and the dust bunnies around the house now have names. Housecleaning is a part-time job in its own right. The only way to stay on top of duties around the house is to work together. A chore chart with clear responsibilities is a great place to start. Whether you have one child or eight, everyone is capable of pitching in. You can have all the organizational abilities in the world, but the best way to manage life’s madness isn’t by directing day-to-day tasks; it’s by managing stress. Instead of using these tools to control life, look at them as a way to free up time so you can decompress and enjoy the things you love.
3 TIPS TO PREVENT YOUR DOG FROM ACTING OUT Dog Bites Are a Crime in More Ways Than One
are natural-born pleasers. Dogs want to know they are loved, and they want to obey your wishes. If you’re trying to teach a dog a trick or proper behavior, the best way to do it is to praise the good
things they do. It may require a little extra work, but leveraging a dog’s desire to please is one of the best ways to eliminate bad behavior.
Cadence Tone, inflection, and emotion are all ways you communicate with your dog, even if you don’t know it. The studies about dogs’ intuition and interpretation of human emotion offer differing opinions, but any dog owner will agree that a dog understands you. In human interaction, nonverbal communication can be 16 times more powerful than verbal. Try using a firm but loving cadence to develop a nonverbal connection with your dog and see if you notice a difference. These are just a few simple guidelines to help socialize your dog and potentially limit dog bites. For more information, we encourage you to reach out to your local dog trainer. We know of a couple great ones, so reach out to us today for recommendations.
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NOT JUST A SERVICE. IT’S A REQUIREMENT.
The Wheeler Clinic Connecticut believes no one should be alone. This nonprofit helps over 30,000 people of all ages every year with the support they need. Summer Camp for Refugees Refugee and immigrant families often have financial situations that prohibit their children from enjoying fun summer activities. This association aims to change all that. Easter Seals - Special Olympics Easter Seals is determined not to leave individuals with temporary or permanent disabilities behind. Our firm is right there with them, donating thousands of dollars every year. This is a short list of some local causes we are passionate about. While our support and volunteering can make a difference with these organizations, we strive to leverage our skills to help our community too. We host interns from Connecticut state and community colleges; we volunteer in our churches and communities; we support a myriad of local causes; and we attempt to assist people’s legal needs that do not fall under our area of practice. We regularly connect individuals with the proper assistance from our network of accomplished and experienced attorneys, and we can help you too when you feel you’re in need of any type of legal assistance.
While many businesses around the country view community involvement as a bonus, at the Law Offices of Paul Levin, we view it as part of our lifestyle. Our jobs revolve around protecting the rights of the people across the State of Connecticut and ensuring their best interests are met with competent representation. That means we’re frequently interacting with various segments of the community. Often, those interactions turn into relationships. These bonds change our view of service and cause it to take on a whole new meaning for us — one we’re proud to act on. Service cannot happen without action, and we’re proud to take action by supporting local charities. Here are just a few: America4RMarines.org This foundation was started by mothers of deployed marines to help provide items for soldiers that they wouldn’t otherwise receive. Connecticut Humane Society Jack brings so much joy to our lives. We want to give other people a chance to have the same joy and love in theirs. The 100 Club This organization supports fallen public servants by providing immediate cash assistance to their families.
Jack and Kelly are a certified therapy dog and handler team with Healers With Halos Therapy Dogs. Jack is a 6-year-old rescue collie adopted from Collie Rescue of the Carolinas. He is certified by the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program and attained his CGC title from the American Kennel Club. Jack works
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With barbecues, trips to the pool, and indulging in refreshing beverages on the patio, summer is full of relaxation and fun. But those heart-pumping, muscle-building trips to the gym may have become less frequent during the warmer months. If your workout routine went on its own summer vacation, here are three strategies to get back to it. 1. Find something you like to do. Maybe part of the reason your fitness routine took a break was because you didn’t enjoy doing it. If that’s the case, re-evaluate your options. There is no superior form of exercise, and there are plenty of options to align with your preferences. If you couldn’t get enough of hiking in national parks over the summer, join a hiking group in your community. If you prefer being on a team, look for a local adult league for your favorite sport. 2. Set yourself up for success. You would go to that 5:30 p.m. boot camp class, but it’s right in the middle of your daughter’s dance practice. Getting to the gym is half the battle, so make it easier on yourself by preparing in advance. Find a facility with a schedule that easily fits yours. If you’re planning to work out in the morning, set your JUMP BACK IN WITH THESE STRATEGIES Did Your Workout Routine Take a Summer Vacation?
clothes out the night before, and choose an energetic song for your alarm. If there’s a class after work, consider leaving an extra set of gym clothes at your office so you’ll never have an excuse not to go. 3. Make your workout an unavoidable part of your day. It’s tempting to join your coworkers for happy hour, especially when that outdoor patio is just around the block from your office. But what if it were that easy to get to the gym? Look for facilities that are on your commute, near your work, or close to home. If it’s easy to get to, you’ll be more likely to go and still have time for that drink afterward.
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