Law Office of Matthew Konecky - May 2018

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For many Star Wars fans all over the world, May 4 is a big day. It’s Star Wars Day, an unofficial holiday celebrating all things Star Wars. For the past several years, fans have been celebrating the day with all kinds of festivities. Some people dress up, others watch all the movies well into the night, and then there are those who simply wish each other, “May the fourth be with you.”

which meant I had all morning to do whatever my 5-year-old self wanted to do. And like any reasonable child of the ‘80s, I wanted to watch Star Wars. Thanks to the magic of the VCR, I could watch the adventures of Luke, Leia, and Han whenever I wanted. It was right around this time that the original Star Wars premiered on HBO. My parents recorded it, and I watched it to my heart’s content. Ever since those mornings before school, I’ve been hooked. From a young age, a lot of my Halloween costumes have been Star Wars-related. I even had an extensive Star Wars collection at one point. Though, now that I think about it, it seems my brother-in-law has managed to adopt most of that collection. I remember having the Millennium Falcon playset. That was a big deal. It didn’t get much better than swooshing the fastest ship in the galaxy around the house. I also had the Dagobah playset and, at times, Yoda’s home would become a home for our hamsters. My sister and I used to let our pet hamsters run around Yoda’s swamp, and I’m sure they had a blast. These days, Star Wars is still a part of my life, though I’m not watching it every day before work (but wouldn’t that make for a great day?) My daughter, who is 3 1/2, is now getting into Star Wars. She loves to watch Disney’s “Forces of Destiny” — several 3-minute animated shorts that focus on the female characters from the series. My daughter calls these shorts “the little Star Wars.” While many of the fans argue about which Star Wars film is the best, I enjoy them all. I’ve had nothing but fun watching each movie, donning costumes during Halloween, and now, introducing my daughter to the world of Star Wars. It’s been a fun journey, and I can’t wait to continue! –Matthew Konecky

Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm and began making their own Star Wars films, the Disney parks have gone all out on the fourth. You can

go to Walt Disney World and partake in all kinds of Star- Wars-themed festivities — which I imagine will only get bigger when their Star-Wars- themed land officially opens next year. Star Wars holds a special place in my heart. I was 2 weeks old when the first Star Wars film premiered in 1977. Three years later, though, I had my first taste of the saga. I vaguely remember my parents bringing me to see “The Empire Strikes Back.” I can tell you the experience was a little too much for my younger self. I was not yet ready for the sights and sounds of a galaxy far, far away. Two years later, when I was 5, that all changed. As it happened, I attended kindergarten in the afternoons,

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FOOD SUBSCRIPTION BOXES Trying New Cuisine Has Never Been Easier

The police officer didn’t read me my rights. How does that affect my case? Once you are arrested, the police must read you your rights if they are going to question you about your case. If you were arrested and were then questioned without hearing your rights, your statements may be suppressed. This could be advantageous to your case. I heard my case will be dismissed if the witness doesn’t show. Is this true? COMMON QUESTIONS FOR CRIMINAL DEFENSE SITUATIONS Eating the same foods over and over gets old, but it’s often hard to be adventurous when you don’t want to waste money on unappetizing food. Enter the food subscription box. When you sign up for a food subscription box, you’ll have the opportunity to sample new foods without committing much money — or time at the grocery store — to the cause. Here are two tasty food subscription boxes that’ll make your mouth water. Try the World Try the World believes that the most authentic way to discover a new culture from the comfort of your own home is through food. With two price points to choose from, Try the World sends you artisanal and gourmet foods from different cultures each month. Each box comes with a “culture guide” that includes the story behind each food, recipes that incorporate the products, and tips to enhance your food-tasting experience. Like most subscription boxes, you can’t choose which country’s foods you’ll sample. However, you can purchase individual items at Try the World’s online shop. Customers can pause or cancel their subscription any time, and pricing depends on the length of your subscription. Graze If you like variety, exciting flavor combinations, and wholesome snacks approved by a nutritionist, you’ll love Graze. With this food box subscription,

customers create a personalized snacking experience, something that many food subscription services don’t offer! Once you set your preferences, Graze handpicks eight snacks for your box. After you’ve tried your snacks, you can tell Graze how well they know your taste buds. Unfortunately, Graze is not suitable for people with allergies. Their snacks are packed in a facility that also processes nuts, wheat, milk, soy, and egg, and cross- contamination is a strong possibility. Graze prices depend on the services and products you select, but a standard subscription starts at $13.99 per box. Like Try the World, you can purchase snacks separately from their online shop. Customers can pause their subscription for up to 12 weeks or cancel their deliveries at any time.

Trying new food should be a fun, stress-free experience. Food subscription boxes allow you to sample new snacks and create foreign meals cheaply and from the comfort of your own home. Try a box the next time you’re feeling adventurous in the kitchen.

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Not always. The state attorney has the burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty. Eye witness statements are valuable in proving a case, however it’s not the only way to prove a case against you. If you have made statements against your interest, the state could use this against you. Other circumstantial evidence can be used as well. Don’t rely on the hype; call for a consultation to analyze your case.

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APPLES TO ORANGES THE DANGERS OF COMPARING YOUR CASE TO ANOTHER

In today’s world, everybody is a comparison shopper. With the advent of the internet, it takes all of about two seconds to find the best deal. You can go online and compare store prices between all the big-box retailers. If you’re going to buy a car, you can go to websites like Truecar.com that are in the business of telling you what others in your area paid for a car you’re looking at. For legal issues, however, it can be dangerous to comparison-shop. There’s no equivalent to Truecar.com for legal problems. You can’t gauge what the best outcome is for your case based on what another person in your situation received. Let’s take a look at personal injury claims as an example.

There are several factors that make every injury case unique. The truck accident that cripples an individual will definitely have a higher value than the fender bender in the Publix shopping center. Many factors will ultimately determine the value of a personal injury case. You can read about what makes your case more valuable in my book, “What the heck is my Personal Injury case worth? And, Why Billboard Advertising is So Deceptive.”

Apples to Apples

Automatically thinking you’re going to get that “billboard” result with your case is only setting yourself up for disappointment. This kind of mindset can also lead to a missed opportunity for a better overall result. You may be tempted by the billboard, but it’s critical that you research specific attorneys to find one suited for your unique situation. This is why we offer a free consultation at The Law Offices of Matthew Konecky, PA. We want to be sure we are going to be a good match before we go to work for you and your case. Simply call 561-671-5995, and we’ll go from there.

Personal Injury Claims

Have you noticed the billboards on I-95 advertising “Joe Blow attorney got me $1 million,” along with a picture of someone giving a thumbs up? If you’re injured in an accident and you have the expectation that this will be the same result for your injury case, you won’t be happy in the end.

Happy Mother’s Day I want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms reading this. I especially want to express my gratitude to my wife, who is the best mother to our Daughter I can ask for. Lastly, I want to say thank you to my Mom, Janet Konecky, who passed away this past January. She was a teacher, artist, and volunteer, but most of all, my Mom. Here is a little known fact: My Mom once played flute with Jimi Hendrix when she was in college on a chance meeting. As my sister said, my Mom never met a stranger. A lot of who I am I owe to her.

Sautéed Zucchini and Squash Cooking With Ashley

Inspired by thekitchn.com

Ingredients

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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

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1 zucchini

2 teaspoons fresh thyme Salt and pepper to taste

1 summer squash

1/2 medium red onion

Instructions

1. Cut zucchini into 1/4-inch-thick semicircles. Dice onion. 2. Heat a large skillet to medium high. Add olive oil, onion, and thyme. 3. Once onion is soft (about 2 minutes), add zucchini and squash. Season with

salt and pepper; cook 4–5 minutes until squash barely begins to caramelize.

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May the Fourth Be With You! Explore New Cuisine With Food Subscription Boxes Common Questions for Criminal Defense Situations The Dangers of Comparing Your Case to Others Sautéed Zucchini and Squash With Feta 3 of the Most Formidable Moms in History

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3 OF HISTORY’S BRAVEST MOMS Mothers Shape the World Moms make the world go round. After running the gauntlet of childbirth, they raise and guide us throughout our lives, shouldering the tremendous burden and responsibility of motherhood. Mothers are in turn formidable, kind, powerful, gentle, wise, fierce, patient, supportive, empathetic, driven, and full of love. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are three historic moms who never stopped fighting for what they believed in. Before she escaped from New York slaveholder John Dumont, Sojourner Truth had at least three of her children sold away from her. When Dumont went back on his promise to emancipate Truth and her infant daughter in 1826, she took the girl and fled to an abolitionist Quaker family, but she was forced to leave her other daughter and her 5-year-old son, Peter, behind. Soon after, she learned that Peter had been illegally sold by Dumont to a slaveholder in Alabama, so she went to court and secured his safe return. It was the first successful case brought by a black woman against a white man in American history. Truth went on to become a prominent abolitionist and a speaker for women’s rights, delivering her famous impromptu speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?” in May of 1851. Sojourner Truth (1797–1883)

Sojourer Truth

Emmeline Pankhurst

Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler (1910–2008)

When the Nazis invaded Warsaw in September of 1939, Irena Sendler, a 29-year- old social worker and mother of two, hatched a scheme to rescue Jewish children from the brutal ghettos. Along with many friends and colleagues, she smuggled out nearly 2,500 Jewish orphans, hiding infants on trams and garbage wagons and guiding kids through a labyrinth of secret passageways beneath the city.

Emmeline Pankhurst (1858–1928)

Despite being a wife and the mother of five children — two of whom died tragically young — Emmeline Pankhurst became one of the fiercest advocates for women’s suffrage in the late 19th century. After founding the Women’s Social and Political Union in 1903, she and her cohorts adopted an aggressive strategy to raise awareness for the issue; they began by buttonholing politicians and staging rallies, then progressed to vandalism, window smashing, and arson. She was instrumental in the movement. Pankhurst lived to see women gain the right to vote in 1928.

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