Coye Law March 2018

March 2018

Coye Law Chronicle


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There’s No One Way to Serve


As I’ve mentioned in this newsletter before, I come from a service family. My uncles served in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force and I followed in their footsteps. My son and father-in-law joined the Marine Corps. It goes without saying that I value our service people tremendously and don’t take for granted all they do to make our country safe. Joining the armed forces is a great way to give back to America, but it’s not the only way. My daughter Austin is a great example of dedicating yourself to the greater good in a way that’s personally meaningful. Austin has always been a driven and accomplished young woman. She studied neuroscience and Mandarin at Johns Hopkins University before attending the University of Miami for medical school. She recently had her white-coat ceremony. As proud as I’ll be to see her graduate from medical school and become a doctor, I am even more impressed at how she’s taken on the responsibility of doing good in the world. While studying to become a doctor, Austin also put her expertise to use in her community. For the past several months, she’s been lobbying the politicians and legislators in Tallahassee to create a statewide needle-exchange program. After seeing the success the test programs in Miami had in getting people struggling with addiction the care and support they deserve, she wanted to see this program help as many lives as possible. Even with the pressure and workload of med school, Austin knew that she wanted to devote time to public service.

It hasn’t always been easy. These programs aren’t without their share of critics. Austin was hoping a bipartisan bill would make its way through the state legislature this year, but unfortunately it was held up at the Florida House. Despite this setback, Austin is determined to come back even stronger next year with commitments from both parties. Fighting an uphill battle can be disheartening at times, but the effort is worthwhile regardless of the outcome. When my kids were growing up, I always encouraged them to push themselves. I didn’t want them to be afraid of failure, because failing is often the greatest opportunity for growth. If you always take the path of least resistance, you’ll never find out what you’re truly capable of. This applies to every aspect of our lives, but I think it’s especially crucial when it comes to learning about the country and world we live in. I read

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal every day, and I’ve always shared articles with my family. Peppering them with dozens of articles per week may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but I believe it encourages them to seek opportunities to make a difference. We live in the greatest country in the world, but we have plenty of problems that need fixing even here. Austin’s work in Tallahassee is just the latest example of how this desire manifests itself in the real world. Before I go, I want to send a massive congratulations to the soon-to-be Dr. Austin Coye. Your drive to push yourself and your desire to leave the world a better place than you found it are inspirational to me.

–Wade Coye

Wade, Austin, and Joan Coye


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Wait — Screen Time Is Good for Kids?

At first glance, the research is utterly conclusive. It seems we should throw out every TV in our house, smash our kids’ smartphones, and usher our children into the great outdoors as soon as possible. But what most of these studies fail to take into account is the content of the electronic media. If a child spends two hours a day bingeing episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” or screaming obscenities into a headset while playing “Call of Duty,” it’s going to negatively impact their experience of the world along with their mental and physical health. But not all content is created equal.

For infants and young toddlers, the research still sides pretty heavily against the use of iPads and television. Before 18 months of age, a child lacks the cognitive capabilities allowing them to apply the lessons of technology to real life, and even after that, the APP recommends that media consumption should be limited to “high-quality programming, such as the content offered by Sesame Workshop and PBS.” But for kids ages 5 and up, parents should avoid banning screen time outright, but function as their child’s media mentor. Instead of decrying time spent building complex structures in “Minecraft” as hours that could be spent on the soccer field, we should set expectations and boundaries to ensure that children can deepen their experience of the world through media, not hamper it. The problem starts not with the screen itself, but when the consumption of media becomes problematic, replacing regular face-to-face interactions and physical activity. But with a balanced media diet, kids can have the best of both worlds.

If you Google the effects of screen time on children, you’re sure to be bombarded with horror stories. Numerous articles claim that, beginning in infancy, the more time a child spends in front of a TV, phone, or computer, the worse their developmental outcomes will be.

In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended strict limits on electronic engagement for kids, following the old line of thinking that any kind of screen time would be better spent climbing a tree or running in the backyard. But in October of 2016, they offered new recommendations for parents.

Hi-Tech Office, Hometown Service


In a world where technology evolves constantly, law firms seem to be the last holdouts of a bygone era. A lot of attorneys' offices still have binders of case files stacked to the ceiling and use more paper than a printing shop. Coye Law Firm, on the other hand, hasn’t shied away from seeking out ways to use technology to better serve our clients.

A few years ago, we made the switch to becoming a paperless practice for all internal communication. Obviously, a certain amount of paper is necessary to do our jobs — Wade is fond of saying that paperless means “less paper,” not “paper-free.” In addition to decreasing our environmental impact, this change has allowed us to be more efficient. Instead of thumbing through files, we can obtain all the information about a case with just a search and a click.

contracts. One of the great advances of the digital age is that distances grow smaller. Now, we can get contracts to clients in an instant, no matter where they are located. Another way we bridge the distance between our office and clients is through video conferencing software. We can have face-to-face meetings at any hour of the day in a way that’s more meaningful than a simple phone conversation. Soon enough, we expect that judges will show up on screens and hearings will be able to happen remotely. At Coye Law Firm, we believe that technology shouldn’t be feared or shunned. Of course, if you would rather sign a contract in person, we still offer that option. We just want to offer the best to our clients, and ignoring advancement only leads to becoming obsolete. That’s why our philosophy is to embrace, adapt, and evolve.

In the past, we’ve found clients were hesitant to sign contracts without a pen and paper. If a client couldn’t make it into the office, we had to mail contracts, delaying us from getting started on a case. As people become more accustomed to electronic signing, though, we’ve found they are less wary of digital


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Keeping Up With Your New Year’s Resolutions

March is the month of springtime and rejuvenation. It’s also the time when most people have forgotten about the resolutions and goals they set earlier in the year. Have you neglected or given up your goals? If you have, you are far from alone. Most people let their goals fall to the wayside at least by March, if not long before. It comes down to four simple reasons: 1. They set goals that were out of reach or unrealistic.

Setting goals is the easy part. A lot of people say they want to lose weight, eat better, learn a new skill, or try a new hobby, but they don’t define their goals any further. Vague goals aren’t really goals at all. The best way to stay on track is to be as specific as possible. Understand what you need to do to accomplish your goals. Make sure you have access to the appropriate resources that will help you make progress. Resources come in all forms. Look to the people around you for accountability — your family, friends, neighbors, or colleagues. If you don’t want to involve anyone else, keep a notebook or diary to track progress. Or if you are

learning a new skill, such as a foreign language for a trip next year, the resource you need may be an app on your phone. When you bring specific goals together with the necessary resources, achieving your dreams becomes more possible than ever before. You just have to take steps to avoid falling into the mistakes listed above. Set attainable concrete goals, track your progress, and check in with someone to keep you accountable. Since it’s been a few months, take a moment to review how far you’ve come since January. What do you need to do to make 2018 your best year yet?

2. They had zero accountability.

3. They set abstract goals.

4. They didn’t track progress.

BRAISED CHICKEN AND SPRING VEGETABLES This simple and delicious one-pot recipe is perfect for a weeknight. It only requires about 15 minutes of hands-on work, but will taste like you spent all day building flavors. It’s a hearty comfort food that’s sure to delight eaters of all ages.


1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped

8 small bone-in chicken thighs

Coye Law Firm’s Referral All-Stars!

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

Salt and pepper

12 radishes, halved

Every month, we give a big shoutout to clients who gave us referrals. This month, we’d like to recognize ...

4 large carrots, cut into sticks


Joseph Berrios Anita Bryant

Alan Dreggors Nancy Courtright

1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Brown in pan for 6–7 minutes per side. 3. Remove chicken from pan and scrape off excess fat. Add broth and stir in radishes, carrots, and sugar. 4. Return chicken to pan, placing on top of vegetables. Gently simmer with lid on pan for 15–20 minutes. Finish with chives.

Thank you all for trusting us with the legal needs of your family and friends!

Recipe inspired by Real Simple


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02 When Screen Time Is Good for Kids A Forward-Thinking Practice

Are You Keeping Up With Your Goals? Braised Chicken and Spring Vegetables


04 Who Needs Spring Break?

Jazz, Pets, and the Beautiful Game

Pet Photo Shoot Fundraiser When: March 29, 6–9 p.m. Where: Orlando Brewing Rather than taking nonstop photos of your furry friend, stop by Orlando Brewing and let a professional do it for you! For just $20, you can get your pet the headshot they’ve been needing to kick off their acting career or just a great photo to hang in your living room. All proceeds will go to benefit the Pet Alliance Center of Greater Orlando, so stop by for a brew and contribute to a great cause! Orlando City vs. NY Red Bulls When: March 31, 1 p.m. Where: Orlando City Stadium Even though Kaka and Nocerino are gone, Orlando City still showcases one of the best up-

With all the spring-breakers coming down to hit the beaches, we’re providing you with a few opportunities to get away from the hustle and bustle. Check out some of this month’s awesome local events and have a break of your own! Blankets & Baskets “Jazz & RnB” Festival V When: March 25, 2–7 p.m. Where: L. Claudia Allen Park What started as a simple picnic in the park has grown into a sophisticated event full of culture and fun. Break out your best sundress and linen, pack a picnic, and prepare for some awesome live music. Awards for the most creative blanket and basket presentation will be given out, so don’t be afraid to be inventive. Rain or shine, come for the best jazz, neo-soul, and smooth R&B in the region.

and-coming teams in the MLS at an awesome stadium filled with the greatest fans. This includes the addition of U.S. men’s national team player Sacha Kljestan, who’s itching to feed established goal-scorer Dom Dwyer. With Jason Kreis coming into his second year pulling the strings, this team is sure to make a splash in the Eastern Conference. Grab your tickets for this game as Orlando City kicks off their campaign toward the MLS Cup.


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