Every now and then, Nicole and I go down to the beach, just the two of us. We bring along a notepad, we sit down in the sand, and we write out our goals for the future. Together, we identify what we want to achieve one, three, five, 10, and 20 years down the road. In the notepad, we have things like “Fund the kids’ college savings,” “Plan a big family trip,” and “Expand the firm.” It’s great to see a goal written out, because it transforms them from a far-off want into something tangible that we can plan for and achieve. A big goal we were able to cross off in the last few years was “Start a family.” Whether you keep New Year’s resolutions or not, the start of a new year is a great time to set some goals you want to achieve in your life. We have the opportunity to look back on the last 12 months, see where we’ve been, what we have achieved, and where we want to go next. January is a great time to make note of your recent successes, personally and professionally. Going into 2018, our office finds itself in a completely different place than where we were at the start of 2017. We started last year with three people on our team. By November, we had nine people in the office working on cases and helping clients. We spent the year growing, and now our team is made up of great people who share our values. We aim to hire based on personality and to find people who really want to help others. Experience is important, but experience can be taught and gained with a little effort. You can’t teach someone how to care for a person in need. Nicole has worked hard to fine-tune our process at the office. As soon as we have someone trained well, we want them to be able to take care of clients right away. We’ve incorporated what we call our “hit list,” a set of standards that have to be met in every case to ensure each client receives the best care and service. HOW WE STRIVE FOR A BRIGHTER 2018 WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
take years to see through to the end. We’re currently working with a young mother who suffered a terrible ATV accident. She was pregnant at the time, and the accident left her a quadriplegic. Miraculously, the baby survived and has since turned 2 years old, but there are still endless medical bills and struggles in their future. In another case, we’re seeking justice for the family of a 6-year-old who was killed in a dangerous apartment parking lot. Not everyone is able to properly handle these kinds of cases. They’re challenging, and they’re sad, but in each case, there are people who need help. All year long, we took steps to better help these people, and that’s what we intend to do more of in 2018.
I wish you all a happy new year. May 2018 bring you the opportunity to achieve your goals and make strides toward a greater future. –Case Barnett
We saw a lot of success on this front, but it certainly hasn’t been easy. As we expand, we want to take on more complicated cases. Some cases
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