There aren’t many instances where lawyers watch the fantastical portrayals of their careers on TV and think to themselves, “Yep, they sure got it right.” Television productions often inaccurately fictionalize the day-to-day life of an attorney, but they can still be entertaining. Here are two of the best new series as chosen by lawyers. 2 NEW LAW TV SERIES ATTORNEYS ACTUALLY LOVE HAVE YOU SEEN THESE? Billy Bob Thornton plays a washed-up alcoholic lawyer, Billy McBride, who somewhere in the midst of it all, finds his way into a legal pickle. Previously a competent lawyer whose alcoholism caused him to fall from the graces of the biggest firm in Los Angeles — where his name still resides on the wall — McBride’s daily activities consist of sitting at a bar outside the motel he lives in. When Patty Solis-Papagian, real estate agent and DUI lawyer by trade, brings a proposition to the table, Billy gets the opportunity to bring down the giant he built. What transpires is a myriad of twists and turns that all make for gripping television. Thornton’s work in season one got him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama, but season two fell mightily short of expectations. GOLIATH
A GUIDE TO DOWNSIZING WHAT TO KEEP, GIFT, DONATE, AND THROW OUT Many homeowners reach a point in their lives when they’re ready to move from the house they raised their families in to something smaller and more manageable. While finding the right place can be a challenge, the hardest part of downsizing is often sorting through a lifetime’s worth of possessions. This process, called contents downsizing, is much easier when you follow this four-step system. START WITH THE JUNK Beginning your downsizing with the hardest items will only lead to frustration and inaction. Instead, start by tackling areas of the house that are full of documents, knickknacks, and boxes you haven’t touched in years. These will be the easiest to part with and will put you in the right downsizing mindset. DONATE UNWANTED ITEMS The next category contains items that are no longer valuable to you or your family but may be useful to others. These items can be donated to one of many worthy organizations, such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or St. Vincent de Paul. Donations are a way to give back to the less fortunate instead of simply giving or throwing things away. GIVE GIFTS TO LOVED ONES If you have children, they will undoubtedly want to keep a few cherished mementos and precious possessions. Deciding who will keep what can be a sensitive subject, so you’ll need to devise an equitable way to divvy up the goods. Some families engage in the process collaboratively, but there should always be some communication before anything is thrown out. Your kids may value certain items more than you ever realized. If you suspect a certain heirloom could be a source of contention, it’s best to hold on to it and make it part of your estate plan. ONLY KEEP THE ESSENTIALS After completing the first three steps, you should be left with only those items you actually use and those that have the most sentimental value to you. These are the objects worth bringing to your new home. BONUS TIP: COLOR CODE EACH CATEGORY Odds are that you’ll find junk and valuables stored right next to each other. If you don’t have time to physically separate them at the moment, use different colored Post-it notes to keep everything organized when it comes time to move.
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Nominated for three Golden Globes and winner of four Primetime Emmy Awards, the HBO standout mini-series takes you through a case that gets straight to the heart of the law. When Naz, a Pakistani-American is accused of murdering a
college student, John Stone — a lawyer who is considered slime by the police and a sham by his peers — comes to his aid. While all signs point to Naz as the murderer, Stone digs his way through lies and evidence in his pursuit of justice. Episode by episode, the story tackles discrimination, prison life, and the foundation of the justice system, all culminating to one series lawyers love. At the center of these two shows are competent attorneys who believe in their clients. If you’re looking for someone in real life that demonstrates these
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