Cronin Law Firm - February/March 2020



February/March 2020


Meet Our Newest Attorney

Hello! It’s great to connect with you again. I hope your year has been off to a wonderful start.

This month, I’m excited to introduce you to an outstanding attorney and the newest member of our team: Henry S. Gornbein. Our firm is committed to providing the highest level of service to our clients, and to do that, we bring on professionals of the highest caliber — people like Henry. Henry’s commitment to the realm of family law, his passion for bettering his practice, and his compassion for those he serves make him the perfect addition to our team. Henry is a leading expert in all areas of family law, including divorce and child custody. In addition to being an esteemed attorney, he’s a certified mediator and arbitrator. Previously, he served as president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and as chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Henry is a leading resource on the topics of divorce and child custody. He even wrote a book on the subject: “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need to Know Before You File for Divorce.” He’s currently working on another book with respected psychologist Jack Haynes, Ph.D., called “Child Custody Demystified,” which will serve as a guiding resource for parents navigating divorce and co-parenting. Henry is passionate about providing resources and guidance to families that make the divorce process more approachable and easier to navigate. While his accolades speak to what a respected and experienced attorney Henry is, they don’t express his caring and compassionate character. Henry is committed to providing excellence to each person he works with, and his passion for helping families find the best outcomes during the divorce process shines through in each case he takes on. I look forward to making his family-focused approach accessible to our clients and community this year.


“Effective Ways to Co-Parent”

Hosted by our founder Sabrina Shaheen Cronin — an attorney, mother, and divorcée — this workshop is designed to help parents focus on what is in the best interests of their children. The workshop is free, and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited, so please call our firm ahead of time to register.


Feb. 18, 2020 (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

All the best,

March 24, 2020 (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

April 21, 2020 (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

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FROM ZERO TO 300 Meet the Women Who Pioneered Motor Sports

SCIENCE WANTS YOU TO STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES The Benefits of Spending Time Outside In a 2008 survey conducted by the National Trust in Britain, children were more likely to correctly identify a Dalek from “Doctor Who” than a barn owl. Likewise, a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study of 8–18-year-olds in the U.S. found that the average youth spends more than 53 hours a week engaged with entertainment media. These statistics, coupled with growing concerns that children are spending less time outdoors, are leading to terms like “nature deficit disorder” and global initiatives to get kids outside. Why is contact with the outdoors so important? Researchers are answering this question by studying the benefits of time spent in nature. One benefit is that outdoor time helps kids understand boundaries and learn how to assess risk. As naturalist, author, and broadcaster Stephen Moss puts it, “Falling out of a tree is a very good lesson in risk-reward.” Not to mention, time in nature may help improve focus for hyperactive kids. In one national study of youths by the University of Illinois, participants’ attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms were reduced after spending time in a green setting versus a more urban one. This may be due to the fact that natural environments call upon our “soft fascination,” a less exhausting type of focus than what is required by urban environments. Emotional benefits were discovered too, including reduced aggression, increased happiness, and improved self-esteem. Beyond just getting outside, the type of contact we have with nature also matters. Visits to nature centers and watching “Planet Earth” are two ways to experience the outdoors. But research points specifically to the importance of free play in the natural world: unstructured outdoor time when children can explore and engage with their natural surroundings with no curriculum, lesson, or activity to complete. Ever notice how kids are fascinated by the simplest things? A child visits a rose garden, but before they even get to the flowers, they become captivated by a leaf on the ground or an ant crawling on their shoe. Children are born naturalists. These are the moments we need to recapture. Take a page out of that kid’s book, and as the saying goes, stop and smell the roses — or leaves or ants — with no checklist and no plan, just time spent playing outside.

While Danica Patrick and Courtney Force are well known as modern faces in motor sports, they’re far from the first women to cross the finish line. Since the early 1900s, women have been a constant fixture of automotive racing, including the following three who each left their marks on the sport. SHIRLEY MULDOWNEY Shirley Muldowney is professionally known in the drag racing community as “The First Lady of Drag Racing.” In 1973, she was the first woman to earn a Top Fuel license from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and, despite backlash from competitors, went on to win the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series an unprecedented three times. Twentieth Century Fox documented her trials and accomplishments in the 1983 biopic “Heart Like a Wheel.” Muldowney famously loathed her own characterization but still lauded the film as required viewing for anyone interested in the sport of drag racing. JANET GUTHRIE Janet Guthrie had her sights set on the stars from day one. A skilled aerospace engineer, she began her racing career in 1963. After taking home two class wins in the famed 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race, Guthrie became a well-known figure among racing gurus. In 1976, she became the first woman to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series when she finished 15th in the Coca-Cola 600, then called the World 600. To date, Guthrie’s storied career has landed her in the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and the Automotive Hall of Fame. DOROTHY LEVITT Dorothy Levitt is known for her driving skills on both land and water, setting the first water speed record and an early women’s world land speed record. Her motor racing career started slow in 1904 due to illness and various car troubles, but Levitt eventually went on to garner a reputation for her speed and earn the nickname “The Fastest Girl on Earth.” When she wasn’t racing, she spent her time writing. In her book “The Woman and the Car,” Levitt recommended that women carry a small mirror with them for driving in traffic, effectively inventing the rearview mirror five years before it went into production. If you want to learn more about these women and others in motor racing, pick up Todd McCarthy’s book “Fast Women: The Legendary Ladies of Racing.”

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THE LITTLE RED WAGON A Way to Protect What Matters to You

Remember the little red wagons we used to pull behind us when we were kids? We could put whatever we wanted into our wagon, take anything out, and decide where it went and who could use its contents. If you think about it, a living trust is a lot like a little red wagon. If you have a living trust set up properly, it can carry everything important to you: your house, investments, bank accounts, vacation homes, life insurance, and whatever else you own. As you move throughout life, you carry all this with you in your wagon and add or take anything out as you need to. You get to decide who controls the wagon and whom the contents go to. Attached to the handle of your wagon will be a book of instructions, known as your estate plan. The instructions, or your estate plan, will tell everyone, including the courts, who can pick up the handle to pull the wagon, who is permitted to put things inside, what is permitted to come out of the wagon, and who will benefit from your stuff and when. With proper estate planning, you can appoint someone to take the handle to your wagon in a private manner. The courts do not need to be involved at all. If you pass away, the executor of your will or your successor trustee can pick up the handle to your wagon. Wouldn’t it be so much better if you could walk around the playground of life with a lighter load, knowing you and everything you value will be taken care of the way you want it to? The only way to ensure this is to CRONIN IN THE COMMUNI TY

work with an attorney to create your estate plan. If you become disabled, incapacitated, or pass away, your belongings will stay safely tucked away in your little red wagon. Instead of waiting for something to happen to you and having everything inside your red wagon end up in the hands of the state in probate court, see to it that your rules and instructions are in place through proper estate planning. We can help you figure out how best to create an estate plan that honors your needs and wishes and those of your loved ones.


Our Estate Planning Workshops

Join our attorneys Hugh Woodrow and Samantha Faulkner as they cover estates, trusts, powers of attorney, and other relevant estate planning topics. Workshops are free, but seating is limited, so please call our firm to register.


March 30 12–2 p.m. April 11 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

12–2 p.m. March 19 6–8 p.m.


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1 tbsp minced garlic

1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

Each month and throughout the year, we look for ways to give back and further the causes of organizations whose missions we admire and share. Last month, we had the honor of sponsoring the Made For More Event, an uplifting, faith-filled day geared toward teens and women of all ages. This event is put on by the Good Girl Comeback, a nonprofit that empowers teens to set goals that build confidence, kindness, and personal fulfillment. We were honored to sponsor such an uplifting and inspiring event that contributes positively to our community.

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1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 cup dry white wine 1/4 cup lemon juice 8 oz cooked linguine


4 tbsp butter 4 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup parsley

DIRECTIONS 1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp of butter with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes. 2. Add shrimp and oregano, stirring frequently until shrimp is pink. Remove shrimp from skillet. 3. Add wine and lemon juice to skillet and bring the mixture to a boil. 4. Stir in remaining butter and olive oil and cook until butter is melted. 5. Add cooked shrimp to skillet and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. 6. In a serving bowl, top cooked linguine with shrimp mixture. Garnish with parsley and serve.

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Detroit Area Events


Sites to See and Places to Visit! This month, why not tour some of the places you always mean to visit but never get around to? Here are a few reasons to venture outside, even when it’s chilly out, and enjoy what our city has to offer.

TAKE A RIDE ON THE PEOPLE MOVER At 75 cents a ride, the Detroit People Mover is a fun and cost-effective way to get around and discover the city. Kids get a kick out of the above-ground train, and you can choose from many fun stops, like RiverWalk Area, Bricktown, and Greektown. A stop for a bite to eat along the way is highly recommended! VISIT THE WSU PLANETARIUM When: Most Friday nights, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Where: Wayne State University Serving as both a resource for WSU students and the public, the planetarium offers free shows almost every Friday night, providing a detailed look at the stars, planets, and solar system with their Spitz High Definition Digital System. The planetarium also hosts a free young astronomers show on second Saturdays

geared toward children 10 and under and their families. Reserve a spot and learn more at CHECK OUT THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS Where: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit The Detroit Institute of the Arts is more than an art museum. In addition to the beautiful collection of artwork on display, the DIA also features events like Friday night musical performances, movie nights in the Institute’s historic theatre, and chess club. Also, free family fun happens every day while residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties receive free general admission. Visit to learn more.


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