And the Winner is…

The moment you all have been waiting for has arrived – The announcement of the pumpkin contest winner!

 

It’s Cookie Monster!

And who created the winning pumpkin?

Kelsey!

Favorite Pumpkin Contest

Our pumpkin contest ends tomorrow, October 31, 2017, at 12:00 p.m.  Head on over to our Facebook page  to vote for your favorite!  All you have to do is click on the “Posts” tab, scroll down until you see the pumpkins, and “Like” your favorite!  Here are the entries:

Halloween at Heritage Hill

We are proud to announce that Adolph Legal will be sponsoring this year’s Halloween at Heritage Hill.  This continues Adolph Legal’s desire to give back to our community in as many ways as possible. The event will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 and Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both days. Come join the Adolph Legal staff for a magical and spooky night.  We encourage you to bring your family and friends for what is sure to be an entertaining evening! Oh, and did I mention that we will all be in costume in the courthouse? For more information on this event and Heritage Hill visit http://heritagehillgb.org. or give us a call at (920) 634-2212.

 

An Internship Perspective

Note from Attorney Adolph:  As some of you may know, we have had the pleasure of welcoming Derek as an internship this summer.  We are grateful for his dedication and time this summer.  Below is a picture of Derek manning the Adolph Legal booth at Hops on the Hill this year.

Whether it’s the first year of kindergarten or the last year of grad school, people all across the country are gearing up for another school year. I am one of those people. My name is Derek and I’m a third-year law student at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. This summer, I was lucky enough to have an internship at Adolph Legal and I wanted to share my thoughts on the experience and, in a way, internships in general.

First and foremost, I want to express just how valuable this experience has been for me. At this point I know readers may be thinking this is a little “gushy”, but I can assure you I am a real person, this isn’t just an advertisement, and I wasn’t bribed to write such a positive review. I really do mean it. From my experience at Adolph Legal, I learned that running a law firm requires two things: law expertise and office management. Law school teaches you a good deal about the subject of law. It can teach you about things like adverse possession, codicils, and estoppel, but it doesn’t really teach you about the finer details of running or working in a firm. Thankfully, the staff at Adolph Legal helped give me practical experience with the legal aspects of practicing law and office management.

As well as teaching me about the practical side to life at a firm, this internship helped introduce me to areas of law that I may not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience. In the majority of law schools, every first-year student learns the same basic material: contracts, property, torts, civil procedure, criminal law, and property. In the second year of law school, each individual student has a great deal of discretion over their remaining years in school. Personally, I became drawn to the transactional side of law. Real estate transactions, estate planning, e-commerce and bankruptcy called to me. I never really considered working in or learning about family law, which is what I spent the majority of my time on this summer. My experience at Adolph Legal leaves me with two thoughts in this regard. First, I found out that I really do enjoy family law. Second, my newfound attitude about family law will be a reminder that trying new things can lead to great opportunities.

Finally, I want to thank Adolph Legal for providing me with a great summer. Everyone at Adolph Legal strives to be professional and sincerely wants to help others in the community. Whether it’s sponsoring community charity events or ensuring that legal work is correct and prompt, the staff at Adolph legal place a large importance on making sure things are done the right way. If you spend any time around Adolph Legal’s staff, it is evident that these values are a central mission of the firm and won’t be changing anytime soon.

 

Holidays

This summer, we’ve had the joy of welcoming Derek, a law student heading into his third year, interning with us.  This is his first blog post.  Enjoy!

This month, our nation celebrated its 242nd birthday! Of all the official federal holidays, the 4th of July is my favorite. With hot dogs, cherry pie, and fireworks what could go wrong? As I sat with my family this year, I started thinking about holidays and I realized I didn’t know a lot about them. I decided to do a little research on a few questions that popped into my mind, here were the answers.

Are there different kinds of holidays?

Not all holidays are created equal. Have you ever heard of National Pecan Pie Day? How about I Forgot Day? Cow Appreciation Day? Whether you’ve heard of them or not, they are all holidays in July. However, these holidays differ greatly from federal holidays like Independence Day. So, what are federal holidays and how are they created?

A federal holiday creates a day of paid leave for federal employees. Though there are other ways a government employee can get a paid day off (like presidential proclamation days of remembrance), only congress has the ability to designate a new national holiday. Congress is given its authority to designate holidays by Title 5 of the United States Code Section 6103. Holidays like National Pecan Pie Day are generally created by corporations or private interest groups and have no legal significance. The first national holiday laws written by Congress were passed in 1870. Initially, only four federal holidays existed: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Since 1870, Congress has reviewed over 1,100 petitions for new holidays. To date, only 11 of those petitions have thus far become law.

Did people always get the day off?

Initially, federal holidays were only meant to be observed by the federal employees working in Washington D.C. It wasn’t until 1885 that federal holidays applied to all federal employees regardless of what state they worked. It took even longer for private companies to begin letting their employees have the day off. In the end, most private companies began the tradition of giving their employees the day off because it was difficult to conduct business with banks and the government being closed.

Why are so many holidays celebrated on Monday’s?

Prior to 1968, most federal holidays were observed on specific days of the year. George Washington’s birthday, for example, was always celebrated on February 22. However, that method of observance meant that the paid day off could happen at any given time during the week, including Saturdays and Sundays when many federal employees had days off. That all changed in June of 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The act changed the days of observance of any holiday which did not need to be celebrated on a specific day of the year. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act also created Columbus Day.

What is our next federal holiday going to be?

As one can imagine, getting Congress to designate a new national holiday is a slow process. As I mentioned previously, there have been roughly 1,090 failed attempts at creating a new federal holiday law. That being said, it is by no means impossible for Congress to designate a new holiday. In recent years, several petitions have gained serious traction. There have been several resolutions introduced in the House to designate a day for Cesar E. Chavez, the civil rights leader who emphasized the importance of education and civic responsibility. In a similar vein, several attempts have been made to create a Susan B. Anthony Day. But perhaps the holiday with the best chance of becoming the 12th federal holiday is Election Day. The representatives that have introduced petitions for the designation of Election Day hope to provide citizens with more time to get out and vote on election day. The holiday would be observed the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November every even numbered year. All of these sound like great ideas, but I am crossing my fingers for National Pecan Pie day to get added to the list for serious consideration.

Heritage Hill

If you’ve read our blog posts in the past, you know that Adolph Legal does whatever it can to support our community.  Recently we’ve paired with Heritage Hill to sponsor and support its upcoming events.  Heritage Hill State Historical Park is located in Green Bay.  It contains numerous historical buildings on over 50 acres of land.   The park contains historical information and artifacts that cannot be found anywhere in our community.  Adolph Legal supports this organization because of its appreciation of history.

We encourage everyone to check out the State Park and any of its numerous events.  Its a great organization to support and the experiences offered are unbeatable.  You can find more information here and here.

 

Attorney Adolph’s Top Five Legal Movies

A Polish man moved to the United States and married an American girl. Although his English was far from perfect, they got along very well until one day he rushed into a lawyer’s office and asked him if he could arrange a divorce for him – “very quick.”

The lawyer said that the speed for getting a divorce would depend on the circumstances, and asked him the following questions:

Lawyer: “Have you any grounds?”

Man: “JA, JA, acre and half and nice little home.”

Lawyer: “No,” I mean what is the foundation of this case?”

Man: “It made of concrete.”

Lawyer: “Does either of you have a real grudge?”

Man: “No, we have carport, and not need one.”

Lawyer: “I mean, what are your relations like?”

Man: “All my relations still in Poland.”

Lawyer: “Is there any infidelity in your marriage?”

Man: “Ja, we have hi- fidelity stereo set and good DVD player.”

Lawyer: Does your wife beat you up?”

Man: “No, I always up before her.”

Lawyer: “WHY do you want this divorce?”

Man: “She going to kill me.”

Lawyer: “What makes you think that?”

Man: “I got proof.

Lawyer: “What kind of proof?”

Man: “She going to poison me. She buy a bottle at drugstore and put on shelf in bathroom. I can read, and it says:

You might be wondering why this week’s blog post starts with a joke… Well, you may recall Attorney Aspenson’s blog post regarding his top 5 legal movies. Now, I’d like to present you with my top 5 legal movies. Being a lawyer can be stressful, emotional, and draining, so when I watch a legal movie, I don’t want it to be true to life. I want to laugh and be entertained, and because of that, my list of movies is vastly different than Attorney Aspenson’s.

Now, without further ado…

  1. Kramer vs. Kramer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVM79wY0s_Q

This movie deviates from the entertaining/comedic value of legal movies. It moved onto my favorites list after I started doing Guardian ad Litem work (for more information on GAL work, read our previous blog post here). Kramer vs. Kramer debuted in 1979 and stars Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman. Dustin Hoffman won best actor for his role as Ted Kramer. The movie takes a poignant look into divorce and the effect on children that most people may not realize. I recommend this movie to anyone who is divorced (or going through a divorce) with children.

  1. Erin Brockovich

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELzu636Xf6Y

Erin Brockovich stars Julia Roberts and focuses on a class action law suit. This is a classic David vs. Goliath movie, based on a true story, that is entertaining from the start. Erin Brockovich is a single mother and legal assistant who takes on a California power company accused of polluting the city’s water supply.

  1. Intolerable Cruelty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE8jX6rP4L0

Number three is a lesser known comedy that stars George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Clooney plays a prominent divorce lawyer famous for his “Massey Prenup.” An unbreakable, iron-clad prenuptial agreement for wealthy clients who are getting married. Clooney meets his match in Catherine Zeta-Jones’s Marylin Rexroth, his client’s gold-digging soon-to-be ex-wife. The movie has comedic moments from front to end and the chemistry between Clooney and Zeta-Jones is undeniable.

  1. Liar Liar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mqTI_LwiPM

A classic movie that shows what happens when a divorced lawyer’s son blows out his birthday candle with the wish that his dad, played by Jim Carrrey, couldn’t lie for one day. Carrey plays an incredibly successful lawyer who has built his career on lying at the expense of the relationship with his son.

  1. War of the Roses

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOFhU4foWyA

And then there was one… This movies is pure entertainment. The Roses are getting a divorce and each party wants the marital home. Michael Douglas plays Mr. Rose and his counterpart, Mrs. Rose, is played by Kathleen Turner. The movie is told from the perspective of Danny DeVito, the attorney for Oliver Rose. Simply put, it is a vicious battle to the end. The tagline for the movie is: “Once in a lifetime comes a motion picture that makes you feel like falling in love all over again. This is not that movie.”

 

Clearly Attorney Aspenson and I’s opinions regarding great legal movies vastly differs. What’s your opinion?  Please comment on our Facebook post!

Don’t Throw Money Away on the Wrong Attorney

This week’s blog post is brought to you by our office manager, Andrea.

Who really understands how to hire an attorney? Prior to my employment here at Adolph Legal, I had a very vague understanding of the legal process, payment options, and how important it is to hire the right attorney for your legal needs. As an office manager, I focus on balancing accounts and human resources so legal expertise is NOT in my vocabulary. Now that I’ve spent almost a year employed here I see that most people are in the same boat that I was in before I was hired. So, for this week’s blog I will share some of the research I’ve done and some of my personal experiences to help guide you through the process of hiring a lawyer.

When someone needs a Criminal or Family Law attorney they have no shortage of stress. A way to minimize your stress is knowing what questions to ask. In my research, I came across an awesome e-book from Legal Match. Below are the writing attorney’s recommended 11 questions to ask and the link to the full article as well.

Here are 11 important questions to ask before agreeing to hire any lawyer:

  1. Is the lawyer a generalist, or a specialist in one type of law?
  2. Has the lawyer handled cases like yours before?
  3. What different outcomes can the lawyer predict for your case, if any?
  4. What alternatives to a lawsuit might be considered?
  5. Should mediation or arbitration be considered?
  6. How long should you expect to retain the lawyer’s services?
  7. How often will you be billed, and what’s the lawyer’s estimation for fees and services?
  8. How will the lawyer inform you of the case’s progress?
  9. What style can you expect from the lawyer: aggressive or open to settlement?
  10. Will others be assisting in the case?
  11. Is the lawyer covered by malpractice insurance?

http://www.legalmatch.com/downloads/Legal-Tips-eBook.pdf

These questions focus on having a thorough understanding of the communication style of your potential attorney. When talking to someone about your legal future, be sure and that they lay out what you can expect and how billing will take place.

Often, billing can cause stress. Let’s not beat around the bush, the bill is almost as important as the quality of representation. Call around to different local offices and get an idea of how they bill. If they won’t give you a generic price quote I wouldn’t hire them! Money is a part of everyday life and it shouldn’t be hidden. After all, you are hiring someone for a highly important service. So, from this office manager, here is an easy guide to the ways you can pay your new attorney. You can have an attorney “on retainer” which means that you pay them monthly or give them a retainer without having a current legal issue. This is done as a preventative measure. It gives you the ability to consult a legal professional about any questions you may have and to expedite progress on a case should one arise. That should not be confused with paying an advanced fee to an attorney to start work on an existing case. Advanced fees are commonly referred to as retainers. Funds from an advanced fee go into a trust account and get billed against as your attorney works on the case. The amount that is billed is at the attorney’s hourly rate and dictates the earned fees, you can find the hourly rate in your fee agreement. You can also pay a flat fee. “A flat fee is a specific, total fee that is decided up front, before the attorney provides any service. A flat fee is usually offered only if your case is simple or routine, such as drafting a straightforward will or bankruptcy filing. Flat fees often limit attorney’s services, so be sure to confirm what services are included in your flat fee arrangement.” This definition as well as many others can be found in this article. http://legalconnection.com/hire.htm It gives an excellent overview of the hiring process as well as a comparison of the different types of firms to consider.

If you choose to hire your attorney on retainer/advanced fee, which most people do, make sure that you are giving them an ample retainer in relation to the overall expected cost. It helps you and your attorney stay current on your bill. It prevents an interruption of service to your case, and the best part is that whatever goes unused will be issued back to you.

Everyone should understand the process of hiring an attorney and how to best develop a quality legal relationship. Here at Adolph Legal we pride ourselves on advocating for our clients, concisely delivering fee quotes, and being forthright and honest with billing practices. These efforts directly link to our client satisfaction and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this company. I’m always interested in feedback, comment or call 920.634.2212. And last, but not least, please share this blog post, because you never know if a friend, family member, or co-worker may need quality representation.

 

 

Who Cares? We do!

This week’s blog post is from our office manager, Andrea.

Pheasant soup, venison, rabbit and much more was on the menu at Saint Matthew’s Men’s Club Wild Game Feed this past Thursday. Adolph Legal attended for the third year in a row and helped to raise funds for the school, the softball team, overall maintenance, and other needs. As a staff, we are incredibly lucky that we show support to such a wide variety of causes. I’m sure our regular blog readers have noticed that in the first two months of 2017 we have attended several charity events. We began this year at the Boys and Girls Club A Taste of Wine and Cheese fundraiser at the KI. Next, our group headed to the Show of Strength event at the Jet Air Hangar. The following day we traveled to Denmark’s Beverly Gardens to partake in the chicken dinner and charity auction for Saint Paul’s School and Church. Our charitable endeavors have ranged from children, to women in need, to various community organizations. And we have others in the calendar already!

As we select events and reach out to our community, it reflects the great diversity of our office. Each employee has found events of personal importance for the office to attend and support. By going to these events our staff contributes to strong foundations in the area and Adolph Legal gains in strength as well. Stepping outside of the office together helps our staff maintain balance and fun in what can be a very emotional and sometimes stressful field. We want to foster a healthy community and office so that we can provide the best legal services possible. As the behind the scenes office manager, I get to observe and interact with this small group of people and see how much they care. Adolph Legal cares about being active in charity, cares about each other and cares about our clients. If you have any recommendations of events that we can be involved with or would like to inquire about our services, please contact us by phone at 920.634.2212 or by e-mail at office@adolphlegal.com

Don’t Let Alternative Facts on Social Media Cause Agitation

As a lawyer, I am often asked about my political affiliations, opinions and beliefs. My answer usually stays the same, “I try not get involved in politics.” I, like everyone else, have my opinions and beliefs regarding political issues, but choose to not argue with others regarding the same. That being said, I am of the opinion that it is our duty as Americans to be informed. This informed natures is what is to guide us in our privilege to vote, understand laws and help our country grow through diversity. With all of the recent changes in the American political climate, it is vital that we are an accurately informed population. This is true regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, political affiliation or class.

The problem is that technology has made information widely available and more often than not, the information we receive is inaccurate in some way, shape or form. In fact a recent study (more information here: http://www.middaydaily.com/social-media-can-make-users-small-minded/26861/), found that social media narrows our view of the world and allows people to consume and distribute unverified or unverifiable information. We are all aware of the convenience of searching for information on the internet and finding it with the click of a button, which is a wonderful thing. The downfall is that most people do not go past the first click to delve deeper into the source of the information. Social media has become the most popular way for people to communicate. The hope with social media is that users will keep an open mind and share only facts, but social media has the opposite effect – users actually become more eager to share facts based on personal beliefs rather than verified information. The scientist behind the study, Alessandro Bessi, has concluded that users of social media are under the influence of confirmation bias when making posts, tweets, etc. Confirmation bias is the idea of seeking only those facts that prove your pre-existing beliefs. The end result is that people systematically dismiss any and all information that does not confirm their beliefs, even if the truth is available.

To me, this disconnect has become more and more obvious and relevant. Americans are becoming increasingly divided and hostile towards each other with each passing day. These fissures are not the type that will be fixed overnight or maybe even ever. I encourage everyone to take the extra time to verify the accuracy of the information you are receiving or sharing before allowing it to fuel discontent, animosity or hatred. We spend our entire lives interacting with others and it does not benefit anyone to ostracize people, especially based on false information.

On a separate note, you may have noticed that our blog has been more active recently. If you follow us, you will see a new blog post each week posted by our various staff members. Our posts may contain opinions. These opinions are those of our specific authors and may not necessarily reflect the view of Adolph Legal. Please be assured that we are dedicated to offering our clients thorough and effective representation. If there is a specific topic you would like us to address or would like to read more posts by specific staff members, please let us know via e-mail at office@adolphlegal.com.

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