Law Office Of Patrick Silva - March 2018



MEAGAN SILVA Living Trusts and Injury Cases


March 2018


So far, 2018 has been a year of hands-on, complicated projects. While I’m always working to drive my firm forward and provide the best service ever to my clients, lately it’s felt like nearly every moment outside the office has been spent hard at work, too. That’s because for the last couple months, I’ve been helping my daughter (and fellow Law Office of Patrick Silva attorney) Megan tear up and remodel her new home. First came installing new tile floors, then pulling the wood paneling from the walls and texturing and painting them. I could complain about the way these projects never seem to end, but honestly, I’ve enjoyed pretty much every minute of them. This latest task started with the peeling of two different layers of ugly wood paneling from the walls. Then, to fit them in the trash, we had to chop them all up, carefully avoiding the nails poking out from nearly every surface, and stuff them in the bins. After we’d done that, and the newly painted and textured walls were finally looking good, we looked around and noticed another thing that was still imperfect: these two little pony walls in her entryway. We decided we could install two three- foot-wide walls instead to set up a dining room alcove that would really tie the room together.

After the walls were all taken down, it was time to rebuild. We cut out a piece of the floor, leaving a space for the new frame we were going to build. We used eight pieces of some two-by-fours, four sheets of drywall, and some good old work with a couple hammers and some nails to set the foundation. Then we fixed everything with a joint compound, aka “mud,” and finished the walls the same way we had before. In the end, Megan and I basked in the new kitchen alcove, proud of the work we’d done. As we’ve been running through all these projects, she’s been getting more and more handy by the day. In fact, she’s already done more work on her house in a couple months than most people do in a lifetime. I guess in that respect, she’s a chip off the old block. Even though I’ve been right there beside her throughout this process, I’m proud of the work she’s been putting in. So far, she’s the ideal homeowner, taking control of her space and putting in the time needed in order to really make it shine. But even when the alcove was squared away, we weren’t done. We still had a huge number of tiles to lay. The work may never end, but hopefully, the satisfaction of making something with our own hands doesn’t wear off either.

So, just a few days after our previous project, we got to work knocking down the pony walls. I say “knocking down,” but it was actually a delicate process. You need to control the destruction very carefully, ensuring that you don’t damage anything besides what you’re breaking down, which would have just created an entire additional task on top of the already substantial changes we were making.

–Patrick Silva

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YOUR UTILITY ROOM The Importance of Spring Cleaning

• Family homes (three or more occupants) with no pets or allergies: 3 to 6 months.

Don’t Forget to Clean the Heart of Your Home The start of spring brings everyone’s favorite seasonal chore — spring cleaning! As you dust, vacuum, organize, and declutter, don’t forget about the one room that often gets neglected. This year, give special attention to the utility closet. The utility closet houses your furnace, boiler, water heater, A/C junction, and other similar large appliances. Homeowners often forget about these appliances because they are out of sight and out of mind, and this can cost a lot in the long run. Like all the other rooms in your home, this space needs to be kept clean. Dust, for instance, can be hard on HVAC systems. Over time, it accumulates in the HVAC intake and clogs the air filter, reducing its effectiveness and efficiency. This results in a short lifespan for your system, higher power bills, and a poorly heated or cooled home.

• Family homes with at least one pet or minor allergies: 2 to 3 months.

• Family homes with multiple pets or allergies: 1 to 2 months.

In addition to changing the air filter, it’s important to schedule a routine inspection of your home’s HVAC system. This includes an inspection of the appliances themselves and any connecting ducts. Dust, dander, and mold can accumulate in the ducts and spread throughout the home, which can lead to health issues, including respiratory problems. A routine inspection will identify potential problems in your HVAC system. On top of that, you can get these systems professionally cleaned and maintained. These are simple steps that will keep your home’s air systems running smoothly for years to come. Plus, you’ll be ready for the summer months ahead!

How Often Should You Replace Your Air Filter?

• Homes with minimal foot traffic (single or double occupancy) and no pets or allergies: 6 to 12 months.


“I contacted Attorney Silva’s law firm to make an appointment. I was impressed that Mr. Silva himself returned my call and gave me some positive views regarding my case. Thank you.” –Anthony E. “I called Mr. Silva a couple days ago because I was looking for a local lawyer. I needed some personal legal advice, and Patrick Silva took the time to stop what he was doing — the work that he was preparing for a big case the next day — in order to hear what I had to ask. He gave me some legal advice regardless of if he was working my case or not. I really appreciate the time you took to help me, and I am grateful to know there are lawyers like you who truly care about people. Thank you for your time. If I need any cases worked on, I know I’m going to Patrick Silva!” –True P. 2 |

“Pat and his law firm were outstanding in helping my family deal with our son’s situation. I highly recommend him and his firm!” –Scott B.

A Staple of the Ultra-Endurance Scene Prepping for the Cohutta 100

Lately, I’ve been studiously training for one of the staples of the ultra-endurance mountain bike race scene: the Cohutta 100. While the race is renowned in the mountain bike community, and has been around for over a decade, this April will be the first time I’ll be riding the Cohutta circuit. As perverse as it sounds when contemplating a 100-kilometer slog with more than 12,000 feet of elevation gain, I’m looking forward to it. The race kicks off with a three-mile climb up the pavement of Highway 64, giving everybody the opportunity to pull ahead or fall behind according to their ability. Then, the racers meander through a snaking mess of fire roads, taking sharp turns for the next 20 miles. Then comes the real attraction of the course: the huge gravel loop affectionately known as the “death march,” where we’ll climb more than 12,000 vertical feet, alternating between densely packed gravel and smooth, slippery soil. The course is dotted with small but very steep climbs, which over time, threaten to exhaust and demoralize even the toughest riders. Have You Updated Your Trust Recently? • Need to change your trustees? • Adjust percentages for beneficiaries? • New marriage? Recent divorce? • Have your children turned 18 years old? • Acquired new assets? • Just need a trust review? Give us a call today!

Inspired by Looking over the race notes, I can already tell it’s going to be a beautiful ride, with gurgling mountain streams interlacing the intricate paths and a massive view from the top of the climb. But that’s not what I’m focused on as I’ve been doing intervals on my bike. Instead, I’m bracing myself for the sheer challenge of the course, getting my body ready for that insane climb. Every once in a while, I wonder what I’m doing on these crazy ultra-endurance races, but then I complete another 100-kilometer gauntlet, and I’m reminded of the insane thrill you get after pushing your body to the absolute limit and coming out of it better than you were before. Colcannon When you think of St. Patrick’s Day cuisine, corned beef and green beer are probably the first things that come to mind. This year, consider adding colcannon to your March 17 menu. It’s basically mashed potatoes on steroids, and it’s utterly delicious. INGREDIENTS

• 1 pound cooked bacon, chopped into small pieces • 4 scallions, finely chopped • Parsley, for garnish • Salt and pepper, to taste 3. Boil cabbage in water. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to tenderize. 4. Add cabbage, bacon, and scallions to mashed potatoes, gently stirring to combine. 5. Serve garnished with parsley and a pat of butter.

• 3 pounds potatoes • 2 sticks butter • 1 1/4 cups hot milk • 1 head cabbage, cored and shredded


1. Steam potatoes for 30

minutes. Peel skins and mash flesh thoroughly.

2. Chop 1 stick of butter into

small cubes and add to warm potatoes. Once melted, slowly add milk, stirring constantly.

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Patrick Silva Preps for the Cohutta 100

St. Patrick’s Day Cuisine


The Widespread Appeal of LaCroix Sparkling Water



Huge displays of canned beverages are nothing new for grocery stores. Traditionally, those towers were either Coca-Cola red or Pepsi blue. But these days, you’re just as likely to see a display featuring an array of pastel colors. The cans in those boxes are LaCroix (pronounced la-croy) sparkling water. In the past few years, the brand has exploded in popularity, and it will only get more ubiquitous as 2018 continues. You don’t have to be a dentist or a dietician to know that soda is bad for you. It’s basically water, high fructose corn syrup, acid, and coloring. In comparison, LaCroix is just sparkling water with natural fruit essences and no sweeteners. All you’ll see on the nutrition label on the back of a can are zeros. As we become a more health-conscious society, more people are replacing their soda habit with a LaCroix obsession. In fact, you probably know a zealous fan of the sparkling water. Without any big advertising budget, LaCroix has created an army of admirers. People proudly display their stocked fridges on Instagram and debate the merits of specific flavors (coconut is particularly divisive). With over a dozen varieties, including “pure” sparkling water, there’s a LaCroix for every palate. 4 |

In addition to its great taste and the nutritional benefits of switching from soda, LaCroix has a refreshing approach to marketing. Unlike their biggest competitor, Perrier, they’ve designed their packaging to be fun and inviting. There’s nothing stodgy about their branding, and the same goes for the price point. In many grocery stores, it’s cheaper than bottled water! LaCroix’s recipe of affordable, natural, and delicious has made the soda industry giants green with envy. They’re racing to create competitive products that will recapture the market. If you haven’t jumped on the LaCroix bandwagon yet, there’s no better time than now. Who knew that sparkling water could be so cool? The people at LaCroix did, and they’ve bubbled to the top of people’s minds as a result. It’s a sweet success story, no sugar added.

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