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 Stay Healthy

Although we usually have all the way until mid-December or later to get used to the impending cold and snow, this year many of us, especially in the Midwest and Northeast, were attacked again with one of those polar vortex weather patterns — and boy was it cold. Associates in Chicago reported that it got down to 5 F with the wind chill, and our friends in Buffalo were inundated with almost 8 feet of snow. Since the writing is on the wall that we’re headed towards another subzero frigid season, perhaps we should take a moment to reflect on a few reminders of how to stay healthy and positive during a cold and brutal winter.
  • Regularly wash your hands — When you are attending conferences with a lot of warm handshakes and close conversations, occasionally head to a washroom or keep a few handy wipes in your pocket and periodically give your hands a good wipe down.
  • Wear a hat and scarf — It may sound like your mother’s advice, but so many people go outside without covering their heads and keeping their necks warm. As you lose so much heat on the head and neck being exposed, it only takes a good cold blast in your face to give you the chills and start you down the road to pneumonia.
  • Exercise your vocal chords — This might sound a little bit off the wall but the more you talk, and even sing, the more your system produces immunoglobulin A, which helps to deflect viruses and bacteria.
  • Stay rested — Carnegie Mellon University researchers showed that people who sleep less than seven hours a night are three times as likely to catch a bug as those who put in eight-plus hours of shut-eye. Turn off your favorite TV show at midnight and go to sleep.
  • Really get a handle on nutritious meals — Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables will go along way in keeping your immune system strong. Try some fruit or veggie smoothies to give you a more enjoyable dose of this nutritional and natural supplement.
  • Get a social life — Your physical health depends on your mental health and winter is a time when many people have a tendency to become reclusive. Join a card game, a yoga class, or any other activity where you will interact with other people in an enjoyable setting.
  • Get a flu shot — This one may be optional but some people will swear by having one.

Thomas W. Hamilton

 Industry Articles and Information

How to protect yourself from wire transfer fraud
Inside Counsel
Kroll’s senior managing director shares Kroll’s experience working with wire fraud cases, pitfalls and what businesses can do to help protect themselves.
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Remember when ... take a look back
The Plain Dealer
Remember when Social Security numbers appeared on driver's licenses and mortgage rates were 10 percent?
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Does the bankruptcy court have the authority to surcharge exemptions?
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA via Keri P. Ebeck, Esq.
Law v. Siegel: the facts of the case are that Mr. Law (Debtor) filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. He valued his home in California at $363,348 and claimed a $75,000 homestead exemption, as well as listed two mortgage liens on the property in question: (1) to Washington Mutual Bank for $147,156.52; and (2) to Lin's Mortgage & Associates for $156,929.04. Due to the alleged amount of the mortgages on Mr. Law's property and the claimed homestead exemption, there appeared to be no equity for the Bankruptcy Estate. It was determined through an adversary brought by the Chapter 7 Trustee that the alleged second mortgage to Lin's Mortgage & Associates was fraudulent and did not exist except in the mind of Mr. Law.
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Technology improving image of 'stand-in' local counsel service
Tim Long of Local Counsel Collective
You are part of a large collections law firm and you need one of your collections hearings covered by “stand-in” local counsel, so you contact a business that finds an attorney to stand in for your hearings. Sounds simple enough. In general, it is simple.
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How Facebook can still be an attorney's 'best friend forever'
Inside Counsel
Getting results from Facebook will take some work and a little patience.
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