The Bledsoe Firm - March 2019

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I’ve learned when to say no and when it’s time to call it a day. I know when I’ve worked too long and need to recharge. On Sundays, for example, I make it a point not to work and to keep the Sabbath. I put work out of my mind as much as possible. Sunday is a family day — a day to keep the TV off as much as possible. For me, it is a day to worship, a day of reflection, and a day to make memories with my family. It is a day to be still and to read good books, including scripture. I notice that the better I keep the Sabbath, the more I am able to accomplish the following week at work. Sunday is truly a day to “stop sawing and sharpen the saw.” When I find that I am sawing with a dull blade, it’s because I am saying yes to too many low-priority things. Refocusing and sharpening my blade comes from stepping back and resting, meditating, exercising, and keeping the Sabbath.

The Prenuptial Agreement F amily law covers numerous topics beyond divorce, separation, and custody issues, just to name a few. Family attorneys can help in many relationship and marriage issues that couples deal with every day. This includes the prenuptial agreement. The prenuptial agreement, or prenup, is often treated as a “bad” word among couples. It carries a certain negative connotation and, for many couples, is viewed as a romance killer. It’s not a topic people like to bring up or talk about. However, it’s a type of agreement between couples that can prove to be a wise decision, especially helpful when a marriage deteriorates. In short, a prenup allows a third party, such as a family attorney, to establish which assets would be awarded to each spouse in the event of divorce, such as money, property, and investments. When not fully discussed between couples, unclear asset allocation may lead to problems when filing for divorce — especially when children are involved. It’s not uncommon for couples to develop irreconcilable differences through the course of their marriage. After all, one of the leading causes of divorce stems from financial stress, as well as miscommunication or emotional and physical incompatibility. Another option for couples is an antenuptial agreement, which is not as well- known as the prenup. The antenuptial agreement is similar to the prenup, but it’s drafted during the marriage. This type of agreement can serve as a source of accountability and peace of mind that ensures promises are kept and both parties continue to act in the family’s best interests. While there is still a social stigma surround the prenup, it may be worth considering. Of course, every couple’s situation is different, and it’s best to discuss options with a family attorney who can help sort through the pros and cons before anyone signs the prenuptial document. I s it W orth C onsidering ?

—John Bledsoe

Homemade Corned Beef Inspired by Food Network

INGREDIENTS

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2 quarts water 1 cup kosher salt

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12 whole juniper berries 2 bay leaves, crumbled 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 5-pound beef brisket, trimmed 1 small onion, quartered 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped 2 pounds ice

1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons saltpeter (potassium nitrate) 1 cinnamon stick, broken into large pieces 1 teaspoon mustard seeds 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

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1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped

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8 cloves garlic

8 whole allspice berries

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large stockpot, combine water, garlic, and all herbs and spices to make brine. Cook over high heat until salt and sugar are fully dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in ice. 2. Once water temp reaches 45 F, place brisket in a 2-gallon zip- close bag, pour in brine to cover, lay flat in a large container, and store in fridge. 3. Brine for 10 days, checking daily to make sure brisket is fully submerged and brine is stirred. 4. After 10 days, remove brisket from brine and rinse under cool water. In a large pot, cover brisket, onion, carrot, and celery with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 2 1/2–3 hours. 5. Remove, slice across the grain, and serve.

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