Law Office of Justin B. Stivers November 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


November 2018

It’s Time Law Moved Into the 21st Century How We Embrace Change for the Sake of Our Clients

The deeper I get into law, the more I see how resistant hierarchies are to change. Big firms’ lawyers remain in their offices furnished with leather chairs and big hardwood desks, inaccessible to clients. Meanwhile, the average attorney is stretched thin from trying to fit their career into an outdated mold. The issue with both of these lawyers is that their way of doing business leaves out the most pivotal part of the equation: the client. It’s time law embraced change and move into the 21st century. Using communication, technology, and streamlined processes is the best way to serve clients. So much of our current state of affairs centers around control. Attorneys want tasks done on their terms and meetings on their schedules. By no means does this make them less competent lawyers, but it does make the process inefficient for the client. Another problem with this approach is that the greatest lawyers don’t get all the clients. You can have the best product in the world, but if you can’t market it, then you’re trapped. Law isn’t different than any other business. We provide a product —professional services — and to sustain long-term growth, we need efficient methods of operations. That’s why I attend business courses and invest in coaches who help me build systems so I can better serve my clients. I believe in my ability as a lawyer, and I want to offer up that experience to as many people as possible. The only way I can do that is to growmy business in every facet imaginable. There are seven parts to business: marketing, sales, production, people, the physical plant, money, and metrics. At the center of all of these aspects is the business owner, which is why personal investment is pivotal to business growth. Leadership guru John Maxwell describes

In the matter of an hour, we can have documents prepared and ready. From there, we’ll overnight packages and make sure to connect themwith a notary. If someone can’t leave the house, we’ll get a notary to drive to them. All of our processes center around one idea: making the client’s life easier. Everyone is busy, so it’s imperative our methods are as efficient as possible. Seamless experience, clear communication, and quick results are what we’re all about. Let us prove it to you.

this concept as“The Law of the Lid.”The idea states that a business will always be bound to the capacities of its leader. He uses the imagery of a pot on a stove. The lower the“lid”is on that pot, the less it can hold. But the higher the ceiling, the more potential. In other words, personal growth equals business growth. Our firm uses as much technology as possible to transition our client experience into modern standards. We have software that helps ensure accurate document preparation, we consult with clients over any communication medium we can, and we send digital files so clients can sign with their mobile device. The process isn’t aimed at making our lives as a firm easier, but instead centers around empowering the client.

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Thanksgiving Prep for the Whole Family

work together to bring some seasonal flare to the dining room. Maybe this means picking up some Thanksgiving coloring books, or perhaps the family can venture outdoors to collect autumn trimmings for crafts. It’s a great way to let each family member put their own personal spin on the holiday! HAVE A ‘ROLLER DERBY’ Finally . While an adult should be the one to put these delicious baked goods in the oven, the whole family can help shape the dough. In fact, recommends making this a contest. Set aside a time when everyone can vie for the title of Fastest Roll Maker, and you’ll have plenty of warm, flaky, delicious treats come dinnertime. Letting everyone play a part may take a little more planning and add slightly more chaos to your Thanksgiving preparations. But it’s sure to produce a lot of great memories and bonding moments among your loved ones. And by the time you sit down to eat, you’ll all have something to be thankful for right in front of you— Those. Delicious. Rolls.

Thanksgiving is more than just a feast; it’s about coming together as a family and being thankful for one another. So why wait to get into the spirit until everyone is seated at the table? Here are a few ways you can make the actual preparation of Thanksgiving dinner fun and engaging for the whole family! GIVE EVERYONE A ROLE No, not those rolls — yet . Making the feast a family project can turn the day from a hectic list of chores into a magical bonding experience. It’s important to match each family member to a job that best fits their abilities. Young children can mash potatoes or rinse ingredients in the sink. Older kids can take on more responsibility, like measuring ingredients, keeping an eye on timers, and setting the table. Teens and young adults can supervise their younger siblings and cousins in these important tasks and may be called upon to stir what’s on the stove while an adult checks on the football game. ROLL OUT THE DECORATIONS Still not talking about bread . Not everything in Thanksgiving preparation needs to be tied to the kitchen. Creative family members of all ages can


‘MAKING A MURDERER’ Directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos take viewers through an experience that feels like the most maddening game of ping pong ever played — in any given episode, your view may bounce from one polarizing opinion to another. After watching 10 mind-bending episodes of Steven Avery and his attorneys going back and forth during the trial, you’ll have questions that demand answers. So many, in fact, that Netflix has confirmed the production of a second season and a spin-off series titled “Convicting a Murderer.” ‘THE JINX’ Forty years of conflicting reports on three murders make for one compelling HBO series. Robert Durst goes under the spotlight after speaking for the first time about the death of three people connected to him. A web of lies, convolution, and gritty storytelling comes to one bone-chilling conclusion that will make your jaw drop. ‘THE STAIRCASE’ Did Michael Peterson kill his wife? Did the American justice system tear apart the dream it so righteously attempts to protect? What is considered fact in a murder trial? These are just a few of the questions you’ll contemplate as you go on a 16-year journey told over 13 gripping episodes. Questionable expert testimony and crime scene evidence are juxtaposed with a competent defense team and a convincing defendant, making for a story that begs viewers to take sides. In the end, the only fact you’ll know to be true is that you can’t trust your intuition.

There’s a genre of entertainment that many Americans are afraid to admit is their secret obsession. It’s as if you’re hiding a secret that you desperately want to confess, but you’re afraid of the judgment and concerned looks from your friends. Then one day, you muster the courage to casually mention a docu-series you watched — hoping for absolution but concerned the jury won’t understand — and the floodgates open. Suddenly your closest friends and family have passionate opinions on the justice system and can tell you they know exactly who murdered who and how. Deep down inside, everyone loves a good mystery. Here are three of the best.

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Coffee and Its Relationship to Your Health THAT MORNING CUP OF JOE What’s the first thing you do in the morning? For most of us in the United States, it’s one crucial task: getting that morning cup of joe. Our obsession with coffee is nothing new. A paper entitled “The Consumption of Coffee in the United States,” published July 18, 1861, noted that “the people of the United States habitually consume more coffee than the inhabitants of any other country.” Its popularity has only increased with time; people in the U.S. consume an estimated 400 million cups of coffee a day. Of course, we weren’t the first to find out how great coffee is. Long before anyone in the Americas enjoyed the beverage, legend has it that an Ethiopian goat herder discovered the amazing effects of coffee beans — on his goats. He noticed that after eating “berries” from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic they didn’t want to sleep. News spread around the Arabian Peninsula, and cafes began to pop up, known as “Schools of the Wise” for the intellectual conversations that happened there. In addition to coffee’s long-standing popularity, science has found several reasons to give our morning habit the thumbs-up. In 2015, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines evaluated the effects of coffee and caffeine for the first time, concluding that coffee can be part of a healthy lifestyle “along with other behaviors, such as refraining from smoking, consuming a nutritionally balanced diet, maintaining a healthy body weight, and being physically active.”The guidelines cite “strong and consistent evidence” that consuming coffee within the moderate range (3–5 cups per day, or up to 400 mg of caffeine per day) is not associated with an increased risk of major diseases. In fact, according to observational evidence, caffeine intake may be linked to reduced risk for certain diseases in healthy adults. Scientists think that antioxidants found in coffee, such as polyphenols, might contribute to its positive effects. There’s one major caveat, however. While coffee shows potential benefits when consumed in moderate amounts, the sugar and other additives that many of us like to put in it get a thumbs-down. The Dietary Guidelines also note that health alone isn’t a reason to start drinking caffeine. Folks with blood pressure concerns should be especially careful and should consult their doctor about how much coffee is okay to drink, as studies have shown evidence of increased blood pressure with caffeine consumption.


Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple, but they’re often the blandest thing on the table. Luckily that’s not the case with this recipe, which features Thai spices and coconut milk.


1/2 cup dark brown sugar

5 pounds sweet potatoes

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup canned coconut milk

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 tablespoonThai red curry paste


1. Heat oven to 375 F. On a large sheet pan, bake potatoes until very soft, approximately 75 minutes. 2. Let potatoes cool until they are safe to handle, then peel and mash. 3. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine coconut milk and curry paste. Once mixed, add the mixture, salt, half the sugar, and half the butter to potatoes. 4. 30 minutes before serving, heat oven to 425 F. Spread potatoes in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. 5. Uncover potatoes and dot with remaining butter and sugar. Broil until brown, crusty, and delicious. Serve hot. Inspired by The NewYork Times

Everything in moderation, as the saying goes, at least when it comes to caffeine.



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Law Needs to Make a Change

Let Kids Play a Role This Thanksgiving True Crime Makes for Gripping TV Spicy, Creamy Sweet Potatoes A Closer Look at Your Cup of Joe


A Historic Veterans Day

A Historic Veterans Day Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the End of WorldWar I

hour on the 11th day of the 11thmonth in 1918, though the war did not officially end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles the following July. An estimated 16 million soldiers and civilians died in just four years, making it one of the deadliest conflicts inmodern history. VETERANS DAY Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day was first observed on Nov. 11, 1919, to honor the one-year anniversary of the armistice, and it became a U.S. holiday in 1938. Today, Veterans Day celebrates veterans who served their country honorably. The U.K., France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate their veterans in November. If you know a veteran, thank them for their service this month.

This year, Veterans Day takes on particular historic significance: Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the FirstWorldWar. Countries around the world will commemorate the signing of this peace agreement withmoments of silence, centennial ceremonies, and historical exhibits.

eventually burn downmuch of Europe. A chain reaction of land disputes, pre-emptive attacks, and strategic alliances brought over 30 countries into WorldWar I. The GreatWar that ravaged Europe resulted in a devastating loss of life, but from those ashes rose a renewed appreciation for the importance of peace and a global effort to ensure its place in the future. THE RESTORATION OF PEACE In 1918, Germany surrendered unconditionally, and the armistice ended the fighting at the 11th

Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day is a celebration of life. It’s a day to honor the power of peace and the living veterans across the globe who have served their countries. This November, take a moment to remember the war that helped shape the international community’s dedication to peace and thank the individuals who served to defend it. THE GREATWAR By 1914, a world war had been years in the making, but the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by a Serbian nationalist provided the spark that would

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