Medlin Law Firm - November 2022

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Medlin Law Firm would be nothing without our hardworking team. I always look forward to coming into the firm each day because of the relationships I have with my staff and the bonds they create with each other. Anyone who walks through our office doors can see the camaraderie, and I think that’s one of the reasons many people trust us with their legal needs. They see how much we care for one another and know we will care for them the same way. Whenever one of us is struggling with a case, I and others are always there to lend a helping hand. We aren’t afraid to ask for help because we know we’re stronger when we work together. So, if someone needs a file, help organizing a case, or a refresher on our software, a group of people is on standby ready to help in any way they can. It’s rare to have a team so supportive and uplifting — I truly have the best group of people working alongside me every day.

with a criminal charge can cause lots of stress for you and your family, especially if freedom is on the line. Therefore, my team and I will be your biggest advocates and fight for your rights and freedoms. The smiles on our clients’ faces when they realize they aren’t going to jail and have a second chance are all we need to keep pushing forward. The late nights of searching through the evidence to strengthen your case are all worth it — because you’re worth it. My team and I want to help you in any way possible. And recently, I’ve noticed one area of law we could focus on that would benefit our clients immensely — immigration. Many of our clients needed help with criminal and immigration issues. When clients receive charges and convictions, they fear going to jail and being deported. Unfortunately, we were only able to assist them with their criminal needs. So, I had to refer our clients to an immigration firm that could help them. But I hated that clients had to go back and forth between two firms — I wanted them to get all the services they needed under one roof. So, I decided to add immigration as one of our practice areas. Our amazing attorney, Susana Reyes, joined our team last month and has done an excellent job ensuring our clients’ immigration needs are addressed.

Some of the immigration areas we focus on are DACA renewals, asylum seekers, green card and visa applications, and much more. Now, my team and I can make a bigger impact on your lives and assist you with more issues that cause stress and hardships. Experiencing these issues can take a toll, and I’m grateful my team can provide you with the best service possible. The line of work is challenging and sometimes emotionally, physically, and mentally draining. I’m amazed at how my staff handles these daily pressures and scenarios. Although they aren’t wearing capes or costumes, they are superheroes, and the firm wouldn’t run as efficiently as it does without them. Thank you, team, for all of your hard work and dedication. I promise you it doesn’t go unnoticed. And a very special thank-you to our clients! It’s an honor to serve you. I’m grateful you trust my team and me with such sensitive matters. We understand the gravity of that, and we don’t take it lightly.

But assisting each other is only half our job. We also enjoy helping clients get

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

through some of the most challenging times of their lives. My team understands that dealing

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Thinking About Downsizing?

3 Questions to Consider

Whether you’ve become an empty nester or are about to retire, you may decide to downsize your home. But before doing this, there are many factors you must consider. Here are three questions you should ask yourself before downsizing. 1. How do you want to live? To find out where you want to live, you must first ask yourself what you want to do. A great place to start is by determining what you want to do with your free time. Do you want to spend time in nature, go on frequent getaways, or be involved in your community? Once you know how you want to spend your time, you can begin looking for places that best suit your needs.

home and land, and where you choose to move next, you can take the money you earn from your current home and use it for something else. For example, it can be used as a down payment for your new home, stashed in a savings or retirement account, or go toward your dream vacation.

3. What will you do with all of your stuff?

Depending on where you decide to move — a condo, apartment, or a smaller house, you will likely need to part ways with some things. You want to consider how much space you’ll have in your new home and what items will follow you on your next journey. Getting rid of some of your belongings can be difficult, so ensure you’re prepared to leave some things behind. Consider donating some of your items to shelters and centers. Although you may not be using your things, they can go to someone in need.

The most important question you should ask yourself is if you’re truly ready to downsize. The questions here will help you determine if downsizing is the right choice for you during this time. But don’t feel rushed to decide if you need to make life changes now. Take your time with this decision — you have more free time now than ever.

2. What will be the financial benefits of downsizing?

Before purchasing a new home, you want to see if there are benefits to moving and downsizing. Depending on what the market looks like, the worth of your

YES — BUT THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS Can You Purchase a Gun With a DWI Charge?

Many have asked if a DWI charge prevents you from purchasing a handgun or getting a concealed handgun license (CHL). The DWI penalties concerning gun laws can be confusing. Multiple factors are at play with gun laws — your age, the type of charge you receive, and if you were

their system, they will receive a DUI. Anyone 21 and over caught drinking and driving will get a DWI.

If this is your first DUI charge, you will likely receive a Class C misdemeanor. You could be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, or a class A misdemeanor or third degree felony if a second or third DWI charge. You can purchase a handgun if you aren’t currently charged with a Class A or B misdemeanor. You can still buy a gun if you’re probated for a Class C DUI. If it’s a Class A or B misdemeanor, the charge must be more than five years old. You cannot purchase a gun if you have a felony on your record. Can you get a CHL with a DWI on your record? By law, no one under 21 can obtain a CHL. Licensing laws get confusing if you’re over 21 with a DWI on your record. You must wait five years between your Class A or B misdemeanor and filing a CHL application to get your CHL following a DWI. If you or someone you know is facing a DWI or DUI charge, allow Medlin Law Firm to assist you. No matter what DWI conviction you’re facing, you need an experienced attorney on your side. So, don’t hesitate to call us.

convicted. All of these are taken into account when determining if you can buy a gun with a DWI.

Can you buy a gun with a

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It’s the Holiday Season! 3 HOLIDAYS IN NOVEMBER With Halloween last month and Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve on the horizon, we are in the middle of the holiday season! Besides Thanksgiving, All Saints’ Day, Dia de Muertos , and All Souls’ Day are celebrated this month. Let’s learn about these holidays and how these celebrations honor those who’ve passed away. All Saints’ Day This celebration honors the saints in Christian history every Nov. 1. It celebrates those who have passed away and entered Heaven — these can be apostles, church leaders, martyrs, and more. The celebration began during the reign of the Roman Empire when many Christians were persecuted. Several denominations of Christian churches set aside a special day to honor those who lost their lives. All Souls’ Day Following directly after All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day is celebrated on Nov. 2. Like All Saints’ Day, this holiday honors those who’ve died, but instead of remembering Christian martyrs and saints, All Souls’ Day honors your own family and loved ones. The holiday was established shortly after All Saints’ Day since Catholic priests created both celebrations. Countries worldwide observe this holiday and incorporate their own cultures and traditions into the festivities.

Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) When the Spaniards came to Mexico, they introduced Catholicism to the inhabitants. Locals combined their Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictēcacihuātl, a woman who watched over the bones of the dead, with Catholic influences. On Nov. 1, families will celebrate children who’ve passed away, and on Nov. 2, they celebrate adults who are no longer with them. They will gather at cemeteries with candles and celebrate the lives of their loved ones with flowers, food, and music. It’s interesting to see how other cultures and religions honor the lives of their loved ones. Do you celebrate any of these holidays? Or do you have any traditions of your own? We would love to hear from you! Everyone at Medlin Law Firm wishes you a great November and a happy holiday season!



• 4 lbs pork loin • 2 tsp garlic powder • 2 tsp salt, divided • 1 tsp black pepper • 8 apples

• 2 red onions • 3 garlic cloves • 1 tbsp brown sugar • 2 tbsp olive oil • 2 tsp cinnamon • 3 tbsp butter, softened


1. In a large bowl, season pork loin with garlic powder, 1 ½ tsp salt, and pepper, then cover and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes. 2. Preheat oven to 425 F. 3. Slice apples and onions, then chop garlic cloves. Season with brown sugar, olive oil, remaining salt, and cinnamon. 4. In a 9x13-inch baking dish, place a layer of apples and onions in the pan, put pork loin on top, then place remaining apples and onions around it. 5. Break butter into small pieces and place them on the pork loin and apples. Place dish in oven and let it bake for 15 minutes. 6. Reduce the heat to 350 F, then continue to bake for 60 minutes. 7. Remove dish and stir apples and onions. 8. Increase heat to 450 F, put dish in oven, and roast for an additional 8–10 minutes.

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It’s National Gratitude Month!

IT’S ABOUT SHOWING GRATITUDE Thanksgiving Is About More Than Food

Celebrate your challenges. Sometimes struggles and battles in our lives can weigh us down. But when you persevere and continue to push forward, you will find success. Challenges help you improve and strengthen your abilities and resilience, so celebrate the progress you’ve made. Showing gratitude for challenges and negative experiences allows us to acknowledge humility and appreciate growth in our lives. Keep a journal. Writing down the things you’re grateful for will remind you of all the great things you have when other things aren’t going so well. So, keep a journal about what you’re grateful for each day or week — even if it’s just small things at first. Your perspective on life will change, and it will get easier to see the good things and to feel grateful for things you were likely overlooking. Showing gratitude is something we should do every day, all throughout the year — not just during the holidays. So, try to practice mindfulness and gratitude using these tips! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

As we prepare for our Thanksgiving feasts, Thursday night football games, and Black Friday shopping, take some time to show gratitude for those around you and for what you have. Here are a few ways to practice gratitude this month.

Appreciate everything. Get into the habit of being grateful for the little things in your life. It can be easy to acknowledge the “big” things, but nothing is too small

to be thankful for. You can be grateful the weather is nice and sunny, that you received the package you’ve been waiting for, or that you got out of bed today. Don’t leave out anything when practicing gratitude. Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present and aware of what’s happening around you. So, instead of being overwhelmed by what you need to do tomorrow or next week, focus on the present moment and enjoy the time you spend solo or with your loved ones. Live in the moment and take one day at a time. Tomorrow will surely come, and you only have a limited amount of time in the present. | Pg. 4

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