The Law Office of James R. Snell Jr. August 2017

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Floats, Cases, and Final Touches

A Busy Summer at Snell Law

I hope everyone had an excellent Fourth of July this year. If you happened to attend the Lexington County Peach

Festival, you may have seen a few members of the team there. It was a really fun day, and seeing all of the creative floats has inspired us to create our own for next year. If you have an idea, you can submit it to We’re open

to any suggestions, even if they poke a little fun at us, so don’t be shy in sending your submissions.

“A lot of times, people don’t even want to go through the trouble of approaching the media after an exoneration because they’re just so worn down by the end of the trial. ”

As relaxing as the Peach Festival was, we’ve been getting even more satisfaction from the work we’ve been doing here at the office. We recently opened case file No. 4,400, which is a reminder of just how far we’ve come since I opened up as a one-man shop in 2004. Last month, we were able to win our clients over $1 million in personal injury claims. I’m not certain, but I think that’s a record for us, and there were definitely a few high-fives around the office when we hit that number.

Finally, and hopefully for the last time, I want to give a little update on our move. We’re down to

We’ve also been experiencing success with our criminal trials. One thing I’ll say is that despite having

putting the finishing touches on the place, such as parking lots and landscapes. I’ve definitely had plenty of sun this summer, though a construction site isn’t quite a trip to the lake. Nevertheless, I’m so excited to get into our new home. If you can’t find us at the old office, we’ll be at 123 Harmon Street in downtown. It’s diagonally across from

thousands of cases, there are still events that manage to take me by surprise. We recently defended someone whose arrest was a big deal in the local news. Every day, it seemed I would read about this guy, with the media’s quick potshots at him. Once he was acquitted, of course, the stories were nowhere to be found. We even had to write up a press release to make sure this person’s name was cleared — not only in the eyes of the court, but for the public as well. I guess I should be used to it at this point, but I wish we were all as quick to admit we were wrong as we are to point an accusing finger. A lot of times, people don’t even want to go through the trouble of approaching the media after an exoneration because they’re just so worn down by the end of the trial. Due process exists in the courts, and it should exist in the eyes of the public.

the old mill, in the lot where the golf cart dealership used to be. Let’s hope that next month, I’ll be reporting from the new office. Until then, I hope everyone enjoys what’s left of their South Carolina summer.

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Tips and Tricks to Make Your Move Less Stressful

Tax Deduction If you’re moving more than 50 miles away, you can save your receipts for a tax deduction, says Adrian Nazari, CEO of credit and load website But you have to keep a few things in mind. In order to receive tax deductions, your move must be job related, and accepting the job would have had to increase your commute by more than 50 miles if you had decided not to move. You also must be employed full time for at least 39 weeks during the 12-month period after you move. Lastly, your employer must not be covering your moving expenses. It’s true, moving can be stressful and expensive. However, following the tips above can not only save you time and effort, they can also save you a good chunk of change.

Moving can be a stressful experience. Buying or renting a home is expensive enough. But between the down payment or deposit and the cost of movers, the grand total can be overwhelming. However, with these tips, you can cut down on your moving costs.

Move on the Cheap

Lighten Your Load and Use Social Media One of the easiest ways to save money and time during your move is by selling and donating unused items in your home. And packing up and moving is so much easier when you have less stuff! “Take your upcoming move as an opportunity to make a little extra spending money when you’re decluttering your home,” says Linda Descano, women and money expert from Citibank’s Women & Co. An easy way to sell your unused items is by posting ads for them on eBay, Craigslist, or Letgo. Social media can be a great tool for getting your moving supplies for free. Make a post on your social media accounts asking for boxes and other moving supplies. People often have extras lying around.

I don’t think I’ll be shocking anyone reading this when I say that going to court is stressful. Unless you’ve been to law school, you have no idea what to expect. Sure, you may have watched more than your fair share of “Law & Order,” but that’s about as close to real court as fantasy football is to being on the field on Sunday. And life doesn’t stop just because you have a court date. Having to stand before a judge, whatever the reason, can create a ripple effect, making other aspects of your life harder to deal with. I like to call the convergence of these factors “collateral stressors,” and they’re one of the reasons that hiring an attorney you can trust will go a long way in giving you peace of mind. You shouldn’t have to deal with untangling the complexities of the legal process, especially when you have a job and a family and relationships to deal with. Our goal at the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr. isn’t just to get you the most favorable outcome possible. It’s also to lessen the toll that the legal process can take on even the most resilient of people. Now, we would never claim to be therapists, but by capably handling the nuts and bolts of your case, we leave you free to focus on other important issues. The legal process is complex, and cases can sometimes take years to resolve. If you want to get justice, you have to be prepared to fight. You don’t have to put the rest of your life on hold, however, to achieve a positive resolution. Let us handle your case. You worry about your life.

Leave the Legal Matters to Us Managing Collateral Stressors

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Vaccine Injury Claims When Good Medicine Goes Bad

Vaccines have done a great deal of good for society over the past century or so. Diseases that used to be a fact of life for American families —measles, polio, diphtheria, shingles, among others — are now a distant memory. Even with all this good, vaccines are not without some risks. If you’ve been injured due to a vaccination, an attorney can help you get restitution under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). These claims can be complicated and require the guidance of an experienced legal team. A number of adverse conditions can result from vaccine administration. Most common of these are allergic reactions. Additionally, other medical problems like Guillain Barre Syndrome, SIRVA, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, transverse myelitis, and brachial neuritis can all result from improper vaccination. If you have any of these conditions, it’s important that you seek medical attention to establish the validity of your vaccine claim.

to assess your claim. Given the complexity of this process, you’ll need a legal team to make sure your claim makes it through the necessary VICP steps. The Law Office of James R. Snell Jr. has handled many of these claims and can guide you through the process, ensuring you get what you deserve. As with many life-saving medical measures, vaccine side effects vary from person to person. If you’ve been seriously injured due to a vaccination, you should be compensated for your suffering.

The VICP claims process is not handled by the regular court system. Instead, it involves the Department of Health and Human

Services, as well as the Department of Justice. From there, a special master is appointed by the courts


Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Make the most of these remaining summer weeks and take dinner outside to the grill! You don’t need to visit the fair for this delicious, classic street food.


¼ cup mayonnaise

1 medium clove garlic, minced ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro

¼ cup sour cream

½ cup finely crumbled feta cheese

4 ears corn, shucked

½ teaspoon chili powder

1 lime, cut into wedges

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Set burners of gas grill to high heat and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. 2. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, cheese, chili

charred in spots on all sides (about 8 minutes).

4. Transfer corn to bowl

with cheese mixture and use large spoon to evenly coat each ear on all sides. Sprinkle with extra cheese and chili powder and serve immediately with lime wedges.

powder, garlic, and cilantro in large bowl. Stir until well combined and set aside.

3. Place corn on hot grill,

rotating occasionally. Grill until cooked through and

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Inside this Issue

Floats, Cases, and Final Touches PAGE 1

Cut Down on the Cost of Moving Don’t Get Overwhelmed PAGE 2 When Vaccines Do Harm Grilled Mexican Street Corn PAGE 3

View of a Lifetime PAGE 4

Where to Watch the Great American Eclipse

Sandhills, North Platte, Nebraska In the heartlands, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more perfect viewing location than the Sandhills of western Nebraska. With wide- open skies, low rolling hills, and no towering buildings to get in the way, the Sandhills are sure to be a popular viewing spot. The Museum of Idaho, Idaho Falls, Idaho The Museum of Idaho has been designated an Official NASA Observation Site, and the museum is hosting four days of awesome events to celebrate. Enjoy live presentations, technology demonstrations, and special exhibits as you prepare to watch the total eclipse with NASA scientists. Visit the official website of the Great American Eclipse at for everything you need to know about this once- in-a-lifetime sight!

On August 21, 2017, the greatest show of the summer will take place in the United States: a total solar eclipse! This eclipse will be visible across North America, but the path of totality — the area where the moon completely covers the sun —will only fall in the continental U.S., leading this cosmic event to be called the Great American Eclipse. If you’re already in the United States, a day’s road trip is all you need to grab a front-row seat for this rare astronomical occurrence. Columbia, South Carolina Need a place to watch the eclipse in the southern U.S.? Then get yourself to South Carolina, where the state capital of Columbia is almost right in the middle of the path of totality. Plenty of hotels make Columbia a great viewing location for those who don’t want to camp out, and the vibrant city life means you’ll have a lot to do even when the eclipse is over.

View of a Lifetime

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