Emery Law Office May 2019

MAY 2019


My eldest, Katie, has always marched to the beat of her own drum. When she was a teen, I remember taking her to Walmart while she was dressed like somebody who hung out on the Sunset Strip in the 1980s — neon tutu, teased hair, and eye makeup inspired by a raccoon, the whole nine yards. Her fashion choices may have evolved over the years, but I’m proud that she’s always been unafraid to be herself. So when Katie and her boyfriend visited us recently, I was surprised to detect something very traditional about the meeting. It seemed clear this was one of those classic “meet the parents” introductions — one that indicated they were serious. When David, her beau, sent us handwritten letters, it only strengthened that feeling. By the way, I was extremely impressed with David’s letters. Not only were they written by him, but they also included very specific details that demonstrated how much he listened to us and got to know us A SOUTHERNWEDDING FOR MY NEW YORK DAUGHTER KATIE GETS ENGAGED! during his brief visit. All you significant others out there looking to impress your partner’s parents should take a cue from his playbook. He really nailed it. A few months later, my hunch that this wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill visit proved correct. Katie called to let me know that she and David got engaged. Despite the fact that Katie attends St. John’s and her fiance works as a doctor in New York City, I was thrilled to learn that their wedding would be a true Kentucky affair. Katie wants a traditional Southern-themed wedding, with all the flowers and centerpieces that entails. Let me tell you, that was my music to my ears. Not long after hearing the news, I invited Katie down to begin planning. We only had a short time together, but we managed to secure a date, venue, menu, and even a dress. The best part of the whole day, though, was seeing Katie and her sister, Jessica, share the special moments together.

This is not THE dress. It was an also-ran that was the front runner till we found THE dress.

You see, on the surface, Katie and Jessica are opposites. I mentioned earlier that Katie is a person who lives to defy expectations and carve out her own path. Jessica has always been more inclined to fit in. For example, she wouldn’t even need to read the Kentucky Derby fashion guide included in this newsletter, because Jessica’s regular dress code could be described as “Derby casual.” When you’re a kid, these superficial differences can feel more important than what you have in common. Seeing the girls delight in trying on dresses together, I realized they have moved past any silly childhood arguments and grown to respect each other for their differences. In closing, I want to share my deepest congratulations to Katie on her engagement. As an art lover who studies neurotoxicology — don’t ask me what that is — I can’t believe you were able to find a doctor with a passion for painting. I guess the chance to meet other people like you is what drew you to New York in the first place. I’m happy to know you haven’t forgotten about us down here, and I can’t wait for your big day.

“I was thrilled to learn that their wedding would be a true Kentucky affair. Katie wants a traditional Southern-themed wedding, with all the flowers and centerpieces that entails. Let me tell you, that was my music to my ears.”

-Melissa Emery



DRIVING You and your teen should also have a plan about the modes of transportation, who’s driving, and how many people your teen is going with. Trusting the driver is important. If you’re hesitant about letting your child be driven to prom, find another way. If your teen is driving the family car, confirm that they will be the only person driving the vehicle. DRESS SAFETY Make sure your teen is dressed comfortably and appropriately to ensure they have a fun night without any accidents. Encourage them to wear comfortable shoes that they can walk and dance in without pain. High heels are fashionable, but they shouldn’t wear heels so high that they may fall and hurt themselves. Whatever your teen decides to wear should be comfortable and hemmed to the appropriate length based on their height.

Seeing gorgeous dresses, fancy suits, corsages, and boutonnieres pop up in advertisements can only mean one thing: Prom season is here! This time of year, teens are busy choosing the perfect dress or suit to wear, finding a date, making dinner reservations, and preparing for an evening of fun and dance. During this exciting time, give your teens a little encouragement and guidance to ensure they have a safe and memorable evening. CREATE A PLAN Create a plan for prom night, and make sure everyone knows what it is. Your teen should know and communicate with you what time the dance starts, what time it ends, if they’re going anywhere after, and when they’ll be coming home. PHONES Make sure your teen’s phone is completely charged in case they need to reach out to you sometime during the night. Encourage your teen to check in once every few hours, and establish an emergency code to use if they find themselves in trouble.

By keeping these safety measures in mind, your teen will have a wonderful and safe evening!


UBER, LYFT, OR A TAXI Ridesharing is perfect for those times when you need a ride home after a day of festivities. You may have to pay surge prices during Derby week, but they’re a lot less expensive than dealing with a DUI. If you are using these services, please remember to be respectful to your driver. They are helping keep the streets safe, and they don’t need to deal with you acting foolishly in their vehicle. DRYVER This service combines a DD and Uber into one convenient package. If you end up stranded with your car and realize you’re in no shape to drive, the folks at Dryver will pick both you and your vehicle up and deliver it to your desired destination. It’s not cheap, but it can be a literal lifesaver. No matter how you decide to get home from your next party, drinking and driving should never be a consideration. There’s too much at stake, both for yourself and other drivers, to risk it. So please enjoy the Derby this year, but do so, as they say in the commercials, responsibly.

The Kentucky Derby Festival is a city-wide celebration in Louisville. From the jaw-dropping fashion to the sounds of live music, the entire town feels like one giant party. And like many partygoers, some of the folks who take part in Derby season like to enjoy a few cocktails while they’re at it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with imbibing at Derby events — heck, sipping a mint julep is one of the traditional Derby activities — but you should never combine drinking and driving. If you want to enjoy some adult beverages this Derby season, consider these alternative modes of transportation. DESIGNATED DRIVER This tried-and-true method is a classic for a reason. If you have a member of your social circle who does not drink, it’s a great idea to ask them for a ride. Of course, you can’t expect a sober person to enjoy staying

at a bar until last call. Your DD should have the option to leave and take the car with them whenever they like. If you need a ride after they’ve called it a night, you can always use …

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HOT BROWN BITES Inspired by Mrfood.com Whether you plan on having an impromptu Kentucky Derby bash or you simply plan on watching it quietly at home, we’ve got just the thing to serve, and it’s always a winner. Our Hot Brown Bites feature layers of turkey, creamy cheese sauce, and smoky bacon on top of crispy party rye bread. You just can’t go wrong! INGREDIENTS

The Kentucky Derby is the Southern equivalent of the Met Gala in terms of being the place to see and be seen. Everyone breaks out their best outfits for the Derby, but to really wow the crowds, you have to know the rules for creating a killer ensemble. Here are a few things to consider when putting together your Derby best for 2019. MATCHING HATS AND DRESSES Some people will tell you that you should choose your Derby hat based on the dress you plan to wear. Others will say that the hat should inform the rest of your outfit. Honestly, either way can work. What’s most important is understanding how the two go together. If you’re going for a massive, exaggerated hat that’s designed to garner most of the attention, it’s probably best paired with an elegant, understated dress. These two outfit essentials shouldn’t feel like they’re competing against one another. THE IMPORTANCE OF EXTRA SHOES I totally get that you want to wear that perfect heel to match your outfit and up the glamour factor, but if you’ve ever been to a muddy Derby, you know how quickly those super cute shoes can become a royal pain in the butt. It’s a great idea to pack along an extra pair of flats just in case the weather turns sour. If you don’t need ‘em, great, but if you do, you’ll be very thankful you brought some along. AN APPROPRIATE DERBY SUIT Gentleman attending the Derby may not usually go all-out the way the ladies do, but it’s a great occasion to dress your dapper best. While seersucker is a classic choice, you can also combine a more understated blazer with some pastel-toned pants for a striking look. Men’s headwear is also a growing trend at the Derby, with many fellows looking back to the 1920s for inspiration. Just make sure you tie that tie correctly. PREPARATION IS ALWAYS STYLISH Don’t forget the little things that make your day at the Derby more pleasant. Bring along sunglasses, sunscreen, a rain poncho, and other essentials just in case you need them. Believe me, having to pay Churchill Downs prices for some sunglasses is nobody’s idea of a good time.

• 1/8 teaspoon black pepper • 18 slices cocktail party rye or pumpernickel • 3/4 pound thinly sliced deli turkey breast • 3 plum tomatoes, each cut into 6 slices • 6 slices crispy cooked bacon, crumbled

• 2 tablespoons butter • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour • 1 cup milk • 3/4 cup shredded white cheddar cheese • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder • 1/4 teaspoon salt


WE WANT YOU TO THINK OF US AS YOUR LAW FIRM. If you have a legal matter that needs attention, let us know. If we can’t handle the matter, we will refer you to a firm that can. Please feel free to refer us to your friends and family for their legal needs. We welcome the opportunity to help. 1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute. Gradually add milk and whisk until smooth and mixture begins to thicken. Stir in cheese, dry mustard, onion powder, salt, and pepper and heat until smooth and creamy. Set aside. 2. Heat oven to broil. Place party rye on baking sheet. Top evenly with turkey, tomato, and cheese sauce. 3. Broil 2–3 minutes, or until top is light golden. Sprinkle with bacon and serve.


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M ost people have heard of composting one way or another. Your mom might have kept a bin in the backyard for overripe Halloween pumpkins, yard clippings, and egg shells. You might even have a coworker who boasts about the giant compost pile they use to fertilize their garden and lawn. Whatever your level of composting knowledge may be, there is always more to learn about this popular and extremely beneficial method for handling organic food waste. Luckily, May 29 is National Learn About Composting Day! This day provides a great opportunity to introduce yourself to and begin the conversation about composting if you haven’t already. Below are just a few answers to your basic composting questions to get you started. WHAT IS COMPOST? Compost is decomposed organic matter, which is especially good for people who have gardens or aspire to live a sustainable lifestyle. People put coffee grounds; vegetable scraps; paper products, including receipts, paper towels, and tissues; wood chips, leaves, and other types of waste that are not categorized as processed food, meats, or fish products in their compost bin. Compost can stabilize gardening soil, keep the soil from contracting diseases, and help the ground retain moisture.

WHY DO WE COMPOST? Besides giving gardens and lawns significant nutrients, composting also reduces landfills. According to the United States EPA, “Food scraps and yard waste together currently make up about 30 percent of what we throw away.” Organic material often takes longer to decompose in a landfill due to being wrapped in plastic. The more organic material that is composted, the quicker it can deteriorate. LEARN ABOUT COMPOSTING DAY The best way to recognize this holiday is to learn as much as you can about composting. When you dive in, you’ll discover you can compost materials you never knew you could, including latex balloons and cardboard egg cartons. Once you do your research, you can start your very own compost by dedicating a part of your backyard to disposing of organic matter or by purchasing a compost bin.

This article covers the basics of composting, but there’s still plenty more to learn! Head to your local farmers market or botanical garden and talk to the experts about any questions you have — they’ll be sure to give you some great tips.


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