Posting 101: Increasing Interactions on Google+


google-plusBusinesses everywhere are taking the initiative to boost their SEO by creating a Google+ page. In a previous blog, I discussed how using more Google products helps improve your rankings, but creating a business page is only the first step. Now, what do you post?


I recently read an article written by digital marketing specialist John Bonney addressing how improving your business’s posting strategies on Google+ will help increase interactions.


Here are some of his tips:



  1. Post Industry Related Articles and Links: “The more informative or compelling the articles are, the more likely it is that your post will be shared and engaged with.” Your followers are bombarded with posts daily on their news feeds so make your posts current and compelling.
  2. Post Quotes: “An excellent quote can inspire, motivate or incite strong emotions.” Always remember to hashtag your quotes to improve searchability. Hashtags like #MotivationalMonday, #quoteoftheday or #quotes are just a few commonly used across all social media platforms.
  3. Share Your Own Tips: Stay engaged with your circles and followers. By commenting and sharing their content, you will see your circles and influence grow.


Try a few of these tips and see what works best for your business. Remember that consistent posting and daily interactions on all social media tend to bring the best results.


(Read the full article here, “Six tips on how to make an impact on Google+”)


Tina Burns

Vice President


The Beat Goes On!


Advocate Capital Inc. welcomes new employees Sarah Hazlewood and Ashley HarrisonAdvocate Capital, Inc. continues building its awesome team in Nashville, TN.  We are pleased to welcome Sarah Hazlewood and Ashley Harrison to the Quality Assurance Team.


To help welcome these ladies to our group, we all enjoyed an afternoon popcorn social.  In addition to steaming hot popcorn, all attendees were able to “customize their corn” with toppings like jalapeno cheddar and garlic ranch salt.


Check out our group photos on Facebook and Google+ and you can almost SMELL the fresh popcorn!


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President


Industry News: Fareesh Sarangi Selected As a Top 100 National Trial Lawyer


Top 100 Trial Lawyer Fareesh Sarangi, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsCongratulations Fareesh Sarangi of Sarangi Law LLC, located in Atlanta, Georgia, for his selection as a member of the invitation only Top 100 National Trial Lawyer organization. Admittance into the organization involves a thorough vetting process and qualifications are based on performance inside and outside the courtroom. Mr. Sarangi’s success on behalf of his clients is exemplified by his $1.4M settlement that was reached in a wrongful death case of a middle-aged man back in May of 2014. The decedent’s widow came forward due to her belief her husband’s death was no accident. Mr. Sarangi began aggressively advocating on her behalf, hiring the best possible expert witnesses and thorough evaluation of the medical evidence.


Fareesh summarizes this honor as follows:


The highest honors are those that come from your peers because they know how hard we work for our clients inside and outside of the courtroom. The fact that some of the best trial lawyers in the country selected me for inclusion into this group is particularly special.


Here at Advocate Capital we are so thankful and honored to partner with superb trial lawyers like Mr. Sarangi who work so hard on behalf of their clients to help them put the pieces of their lives back together in the wake of tragedy. Congratulations Fareesh on your well-earned appointment and all that you do to protect our 7th Amendment rights!


Jeff Glueck

Vice President – Business Development


Take Me Out to the Ball Game


Advocate Capital Inc. Sounds GameTo celebrate Advocate Capital, Inc.’s 15th anniversary, Nashville based employees and their families headed to historic Herschel Greer Stadium on Wednesday, July 23 for dinner and a Nashville Sounds baseball game. The festivities took place on the Pandora Party Patio just above home plate featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs and pulled pork.


Once the game started, it was nonstop fun and socializing for the whole group. This event also offered everyone a chance to experience one of the top 10 best minor league ballparks before the team moves to their new stadium in Downtown Nashville next season. The Sounds went on to defeat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 5-2, making this anniversary celebration an all-around home run!


Check out our albums on Facebook and Google+ for photos.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Nix Law Group, PLLC receives $1,175,000 Jury Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case in Oklahoma


Advocate Capital, Inc. client Nix Law Group PLLCOn June 13, 2013, a federal court jury in Muskogee, Oklahoma returned a verdict for $1,175,000.00 in a wrongful death lawsuit. Glendell Nix and Andy Campbell of Nix Law Group, PLLC in Edmond, Oklahoma represented Kelly Shatwell, the surviving spouse of Sherman Shatwell, in the lawsuit.  Ms. Shatwell alleged several health care providers failed to diagnose and treat her husband, Sherman, for tonsillar cancer.


Mr. Shatwell went to the Tahlequah City Hospital emergency room in Tahleqauh, OK complaining of pain on the left side of his neck.  The ER physician’s assistant ordered a CT scan without contrast.  The radiologist interpreted the films as suspicious and requested a CT scan with contrast be performed.  Dr. Phillips, the ER physician, ordered a CT scan with contrast.  The film was read off-site by a tele-radiologist. The radiologist sent a report back to the ER electronically.  The report said Mr. Shatwell had left tonsillar cancer and recommended an ENT doctor consultation.   However, the ER physician, Dr. Phillips, never read the results and never informed Mr. Shatwell of the results.  Instead, Dr. Phillips discharged Mr. Shatwell with a prescription for antibiotics.


Approximately a year later, after moving from Oklahoma to Texas, Mr. Shatwell noticed a growth on his neck, and he had become hoarse.  He went to the Scott and White ER in Temple, Texas.  Doctors diagnosed him with Stage 4 terminal tonsillar cancer.  He died less than a year later.  Experts testified that had Mr. Shatwell been diagnosed and treated at the time he went to the ER in Tahlequah he would have had an over 80% chance of cure.


After 8 days of testimony, a unanimous jury returned a verdict for $1,750,000.00 against Dr. Phillips, the ER physician, and his employer, Tahlequah Emergency Consultants.


Congratulations to the Nix Law Group on achieving justice for your client! Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to support trial attorneys and our seventh amendment right to a jury trial.


Donna Jones

Senior Vice President


Charitable Contributions


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If you’re like most people, you enjoy making donations to charities.  It is one way we can serve our communities and give something back.  Donating not only helps a worthy cause, but it may also offer certain tax benefits.  In general, taxpayers are familiar with the tax deductibility of monetary and physical asset contributions, but did you know you may also be able to deduct your travel expenses associated with charitable giving?  The IRS recently provided a tax tip outlining the laws related to travel while giving to charity.  A list of some possible deductions include:


  • Air, rail and bus transportation
  • Car expenses
  • Lodging costs
  • Cost of meals
  • Taxi service


There are certain limitations and restrictions associated with these deductions.  Check out the IRS’ recent publication for more details.



Kelly A. O’Leary, CPA, CGMA, MBA, CITP, CIA, CFE

Vice President, Finance and Administration


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Marketing Opportunity – Exclusive Access to 1-800-Attorney


Exclusive Marketing Opportunity with 1-800-Attorney, Advocate Capital, Inc. reportsHere at Advocate Capital, Inc., we work hard to serve our clients in a wide range of areas, which often includes providing resources and sharing valuable information to meet the various business needs in the trial lawyer community.


Marketing is one of the key business functions in a law practice and so we are happy to share with you a marketing opportunity that we recently became aware of.


1-800-Attorney, an easy to remember number for consumers, is now available for licensing in many areas across the U.S.   Exclusive access/licensing of this number also provides the user with access to the consumer facing website,


To learn more, contact Advocate Capital, Inc. long-time friend and client, Jeff Rasansky via email or via phone 1-800-529-1789.   If you sign up before the end of August 2014 and mention that you learned about the opportunity via the Advocate Capital, Inc. Blog, you may qualify for a special 60 day free trial period.


Thanks to Attorney Jeff Rasansky for sharing this opportunity.


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services


Texas Women Seeking Support in Pelvic Mesh Implant Fight


Pelvic mesh lawsuitI’ve blogged a couple of times in the space about Greg Abbott, the Texas Attorney General and Republican Party nominee for Governor.  Mr. Abbott, who himself has been the beneficiary of consumer access to the courts, has since become quite the crusader AGAINST allowing others the same access.


According to a recent article in The Texas Tribune, a group of women and their attorneys in Texas are now asking Mr. Abbott to assist them in their battle against Johnson & Johnson, the primary manufacturer of pelvic mesh implants that the women say have caused severe complications, including bleeding, extreme pain and infections.


The women, “a coalition of ‘pelvic mesh survivors’”, is asking Mr. Abbott, in his role as Attorney General, to pursue legal action against Johnson & Johnson.  The women claim that the company “violated a state law that prohibits deceptive business practices, citing the company’s ‘knowledge of inherent danger’ of the mesh implants and the cost to Texans of subsidizing care for women treated at taxpayer-funded facilities.”


Mr. Abbott’s office, through a spokesman, declined comment on the matter, citing a “continuing investigation.”  Johnson & Johnson, likewise, refused to provide comment to the reporter, though the company and its lawyers have argued in court that “the implants were effective and that the company properly warned consumers about their related risks.”


Of course, patient activists disagree, and say that the company has not done enough to warn consumers about the “severe complications they may experience.”  The women’s group has sent a letter to the Attorney General informing him that they are seeking his assistance because his office has the “sole authority to conduct a comprehensive and thorough investigation” into the issues.


Based on history, I am doubting that Mr. Abbott crosses swords with big-money corporations like J&J, but the issue should be interesting to follow.


The full article can be read here.


Paul B. Myers

Chief Credit Officer


American Association of Justice Annual Convention in Baltimore


Advocate Capital Inc. exhibiting at 2014 AAJ Annual Convention

Will you be attending the AAJ Annual Convention in Baltimore on July 26-29?


Michael J. Swanson, Donna Jones, Lisa Wagner, Tina Burns and Jeff Glueck will be representing Advocate Capital, Inc. at booth #932 throughout the convention. Stop by and discover how our case expense funding product can help you get even better results for your clients.


The 2014 AAJ Annual Convention will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center in the heart of downtown. Accomplished trial lawyers and experts will discuss the latest developments in trial advocacy and specialized topics at nearly 50 cutting-edge Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs designed to help you better represent your clients. Attendees can earn up to a year’s worth of CLE credits, including ethics credits, in just four days.


Don’t forget to visit our booth and enter our raffle for a chance to win a Pebble Steel Smartwatch!


We hope to see you there.


Taxpayer Bill of Rights


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The IRS recently adopted a Taxpayer Bill of Rights.  This has been a long time project of National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson.  Ten rights are included in this document.  Here are a few of them:


•  The Right to Be Informed


•  The Right to Quality Service


  • The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax
  • The Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard
  • The Right to Privacy


View the full list provided on the Taxpayer Advocate Service website here.


Kelly A. O’Leary, CPA, CGMA, MBA, CITP, CIA, CFE

Vice President, Finance and Administration


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