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Two Heroes Emerge in Texas Legislature

 

Today we welcome guest blogger James E. Girards.  Jim is the owner and founder of the Girards Law Firm.  Learn about his passion for helping the citizens of Texas in this blog.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

 


 

Advocate Capital, Inc. client James GirardsTwo heroes have emerged in the Texas Legislature this session and they need your help. Here’s the backstory: As many of you who read this blog know, the laws that affect property owners in Texas are awful when it comes to protecting your land from large corporations or anyone else who wants to take it to run a pipeline or electrical wires or anything else through it. This firm has been fighting against a multibillion-dollar Canadian oil conglomerate to protect a Collin County, Texas landowner’s rights in this kind of situation. The only thing a foreign corporation has to do to take your land is to file a one-page form in Austin and then they are blessed with the right of eminent domain – and then they also own the system that determines how much they will pay for taking it from you. It’s the only time you can be dragged into court without even the slightest allegation of wrongdoing – and then be forced to give up or pay a lot of money in lawyer’s fees and case expenses for the privilege. Most people simply give up – and the huge corporations who do this count on that.

 

That can all change with a bill filed by State Senator Lois Kolkhorst from Brenham TX and Rep. Pat Fallon of Little Elm TX. These two heroes have taken on the multi-billion dollar interests that own this system and have called them out in order to protect Texas landowners. And, they need your help to do it because it isn’t easy to fight a system like this. The bills they filed [Senate Bill 474 and House Bill 3065] will make the oil companies and multinationals pay the property owners’ attorney fees if they don’t pay you a fair price for taking your land. It’s that simple to restore fairness in this system. And, my contacts on the “other side” tell me the multinationals are scared to death of these bills and will stop at nothing to kill them – unless you help. Now, you might think I am overstating their fear of these bills. But, believe me, they pay pennies on the dollar for the property they take from landowners because most cannot afford to fight them. If they are forced to “play fairly and pay fairly” they will have to rethink the entire system they have owned for decades. That’s where you come in. A good bill dies when no one pays attention. And good legislators don’t spend valuable political capital on even the best bill if no one cares enough to support them with phone calls, letters, and emails that they can use in negotiations with other state legislators. When the tangible evidence of popular support is there, they can push hard and get good bills passed. So, here is what you can do: 1) read the bill by clicking here. 2) Call both Senator Kolkhorst and Rep. Fallon’s offices and tell the person who answers the phone that you are calling in support of SB474 and HB3065 and urge them to pass them, and 3) call your own state senator and state representative and tell them the same thing. If you don’t know who represents you in Austin then click here to find out. Tell them to support Texas landowners and make the huge corporations who take our land to “Play Fairly and Pay Fairly.” Here is the contact info for Sen. Kolkhorst and Rep. Fallon:

 

Sen. Lois Kolkhorst [SB 474]
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711

 

Rep. Pat Fallon [HB 3065]
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0694

 

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Free Workshops on How to Manage a More Successful Law Firm

 

Advocate Capital Inc. client John FisherA great way to learn helpful tips of the industry is by attending seminars and workshops. In the months of March and April, John Fisher of John H. Fisher, P.C. invites you to attend two events covering the topics of internet marketing and understanding the mind of a juror.

 

The workshops will be held in White Plains, Manhattan and Long Island between March 24th and April 8th. All of the events are free and include a complimentary dinner.

 

For more information, and to register for these two events, follow the links below:

 

The Jury Project

 

How to get Your Law Firm’s Website on the First Page of Google

 

You can also register by calling 845-802-0047 or emailing Corina Skidmore at cskidmore@fishermalpracticelaw.com.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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Women in Politics Event to be Hosted by Pamela Y. Price

 

Attorney Pamela Y. PricePamela Y. Price, a leader in the Oakland legal community, is sponsoring this important event, “Women in Politics: A Conversation About Us.”

 

The event will take place on Thursday, March 26 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 126 Broadway at 3rd Street, Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. Please RSVP to Cheryl Moore by texting or calling 510-612-5890.

 

For more information on the great work Pamela Y. Price is doing in her community, visit her website.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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Sally Morin Law Success with Settlement 10 Times the Initial Offer

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. client Sally MorinCongratulations to San Francisco bicycle accident attorney Sally Morin of Sally Morin Law Firm for securing a settlement of $70,000 for her client due to an electric bicycle accident.

 

While riding his electric bicycle to work in San Francisco, a 36-year old cinematographer was suddenly hit by a vehicle making an illegal left turn. The outcome of this accident resulted in a broken thumb and surgery for the motorist. It was also necessary for him to undergo three months of occupational therapy, leaving him unable to perform his work obligations. The driver’s insurance carrier offered him $7,000 to settle the claim, but that would not have even covered his medical bills. After teaming up with Morin, she was able to fight the insurance company with him and secure a settlement that would cover his medical expenses and compensate his loss of income.

 

Congratulations to Sally Morin for going the extra mile to help her clients! We are honored to have her as one of our clients.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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Capretz & Team Secure Changes to Proposed NFL Concussion Settlement

 

Advocate Capital Inc. Client James Capretz teamAdvocate Capital, Inc. friend and client James T. Capretz, of Capretz & Associates, in representing former NFL quarterback Preston Jones and others similarly situated, successfully argued to a federal judge to issue a ruling that the proposed NFL concussion settlement should incorporate changes including credit for seasons played in the NFL Europe league.

 

According to an article featured in a recent Los Angeles Daily Journal article by Don J. DeBenedictis:

 

Under the original NFL settlement plan, veterans of the World League of American Football and is successors, the NFL Europe League and the NFL Europe League, were counted within the plaintiffs’ class – but they would receive no credit for season played in Europe in calculating their benefits.

 

James Capretz became aware of the exclusion when retired NFL and NFL Europe league player, Preston Jones, requested Capretz review the proposed concussion settlement agreement. He discussed the settlement with other attorneys and found the exclusion to be not fair or reasonable. Jim stated, “I decided there was a basic wrong here, and no one could explain why.” Capretz and his colleague, Don K. Ledgard focused on the European League exclusion in their objection to the settlement and their persistence paid off. The Judge recommended changes to the settlement that should include credit for the Europe league seasons, should cover more deceased players, remove a funding cap on certain medical testing, and provide a hardship waiver for the appeal fee.

 

The NFL payout with the proposed new additions could range from $765 million to almost $1 billion.

 

Capretz & Associates  has a diverse portfolio of cases specializing in mass tort and class action litigation. The firm is located in Newport Beach, CA representing clients throughout the US. Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to collaborate with trial lawyers like Capretz & Associates as they seek justice for clients and work to insure that our civil justice system serves everyone.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Michael J. Swanson Interviewed by PersonalInjury.com’s Larry Bodine

 

Larry Bodine, Editor in Chief of PersonalInjury.com, interviews Advocate Capital, Inc.’s President and CEO Michael J. Swanson about how plaintiff lawyers can finance the expenses of a case.

 

 

During the interview, they discuss how case expense financing works, what makes Advocate Capital, Inc. different and Mr. Swanson’s book, How David Beats Goliath: Access to Capital for Contingent-Fee Law Firms.

 

(Read the full interview article on PersonalInjury.com)

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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Advocate Capital, Inc. Offers Free Month Promotion for New Public Justice Foundation Members

 

Advocate Capital Inc. 2015 Public Justice Foundation PhonathonI have the pleasure of being a team co-captain for the Public Justice Phonathon. Dan Bryson and I are heading up the “White Sox” team to overtake the “Cubs” in the acquirement of new and renewed members for the Public Justice Foundation. The Phonathon will be held in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, April 9th, but we are using the time beforehand to sign up as many members as possible.

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. has pledged that for every new or renewed monthly member that signs up with the White Sox team between now and April 10th, we will pay that member’s first month’s dues. We whole-heartedly believe in the work that plaintiff lawyers do for their communities, and in the work done by Public Justice Foundation.

 

To receive your first free month, call our offices toll free at 877-894-9724 or send an email to PublicJustice@AdvocateCapital.com with your phone number and the best time to call you. Please have your credit card ready, and let us know if you would like to join at the $250, $100, $50 or $25 per month level.

 

For more information on the Public Justice Foundation, and all of the wonderful work that they do, click here.

 

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

Michael J. Swanson

President and Chief Executive Officer.

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1st Advocate Capital, Inc. St. Paddy’s Celebration

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. St. Patrick's Day party winnersOn Tuesday, March 17, the Advocate Capital, Inc. team enjoyed our first ever St. Patrick’s Day celebration. A good time was had by all and the luck of the Irish was with us!

 

We started the celebration with everyone creating their Irish name. Our attendees included folks like Sprinkles McWhiskey, Clover McDoodle, Stumpy McWoozy, and Warty McKnob.

 

We then enjoyed traditional Irish fare with corned beef and cabbage, fish ‘n’ chips, and chicken o’tenders (from O’Charley’s, of course!).  Under two of the luncheon plates were lucky Irish shamrocks.  The winners of the secret shamrocks were Michelle Simms and Billie Hardison who received Starbuck’s gift cards.

 

A rousing game of Irish trivia had everyone thinking about the Emerald Isle. Our winner and expert Irish trivialist was Tiffany Orth.

 

We ended our Irish festivity with a traditional Irish toast that we share with all:

 

May your pockets be heavy

Your heart be light

And may good luck pursue you

Each morning and night.

 

Please visit our photo albums on Facebook and Google+ and feel free to tag any of the Advocate Capital, Inc. team you recognize.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Three Major Credit-Reporting Firms Agree to Major Overhaul

 

Copyright: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/profile_enterline'> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>Welcome News for Consumers Frustrated with Reporting Errors by Banks, Lenders and Credit-Reporting Firms.

 

Equifax, Experian and TransUnion will change the way they handle errors and list unpaid medical bills as part of the broadest industry overhaul in more than a decade.

 

A long standing problem for consumers has been the frustration associated with their complaints about errors on their credit reports going unresolved.  But thanks to the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the 3 major credit-reporting agencies have agreed to more aggressively resolving complaints.  Even though the action was only brought by the New York Attorney General, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion agreed to a countrywide deal to avoid creating two systems for reporting.  Thank you, New York!

 

The new changes are going to require more training for employees of the credit rating agencies.  Also, another major improvement is even if a creditor says its information is correct, an employee at the credit-reporting firm must still look into it and resolve the dispute.

 

Another small victory for all consumers!

 

Here is a link to the full story:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/credit-reporting-giants-agree-to-overhaul-1425873884?tesla=y

 

Dan A. Taussig

Chairman

 

 

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Self-Employment Tax Tips

 

The IRS recently issued tax tipCopyright: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/profile_shaunwilkinson'> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>s related to self-employment income.  The publication addresses applicable self-employment tax forms, related taxes and allowable deductions.

 

If you have self-employment income, you may way to check out these tax tips here.

 

 

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

Vice President, Finance and Administration

 

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How David Beats Goliath® Reviewed on The Capital Press

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. President and CEHow David Beats Goliath Book ReviewO Michael J. Swanson’s book How David Beats Goliath® – Access to Capital for Contingent-Fee Law Firms was recently reviewed by William Ecksel on The Capital Press.  This book review titled, Start-Up Advice for Lawyers in “How David Beats Goliath”, highlights Mr. Swanson’s respect for trial lawyers and the financial pitfalls many law firms encounter.

 

Here are a few brief excerpts:

 

“Swanson clearly harbors a great deal of respect for the work that trial lawyers do, but he’s also in a position to offer them advice on how to run the business aspects of their firms.”

 

“He (Swanson) recognizes that most trial lawyers choose their line of work to help people, but that altruistic notion doesn’t guarantee financial security. How David Beats Goliath is, thus, nothing short of required reading for most contingent-fee law practices.”

 

“It’s an important piece of literature and one that can help the David-like law practices effectively take on the Goliaths at insurance companies with unlimited resources.”

 

To read the complete review, click here.

 

Maybe it’s time to pick up your own copy! To purchase a digital or paperback copy of How David Beats Goliath®, click here.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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Tennessee Judge Rules Damage Caps Are Unconstitutional

 

Copyright: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/profile_corund'> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>A major breakthrough for injured citizens in Tennessee occurred on Monday, March 9 when Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge W. Neil Thomas ruled that Tennessee’s $750,000 cap on certain civil jury awards is unconstitutional. This ruling could possibly initiate a review of the 2011 tort reform initiative by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

 

 

Specifically, Judge Thomas noted that the state doesn’t have a constitutional right to cap noneconomic damages, which he says should be called “pain and suffering damages” awarded to injured plaintiffs.  The judge added that the law is “an affront to juries, which should be able to award damages as they see fit.” Click here to read the entire article featured in the TimesFreePress.com authored by journalist Claire Wiseman.

 

We totally agree! Was the Seventh Amendment not ratified to insure and preserve every citizen’s right to a trial by jury? Of course – so why should the jury be restricted on deciding the monetary compensation due an injured citizen? These are all important questions that have already sparked debates among the judiciary, legislature and the governor’s office here in Tennessee.

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and we are pleased that our home state may lead the way in the continuing battle to reverse that damage to our judicial system caused by tort reform over the last 20+ years.  We all owe a debt of gratitude to Judge Thomas for having the courage and wherewithal to make this landmark ruling.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

 

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Free Webinar: The Basics of Local SEO

 

Page 1 Solutions Free webinar Basics Local SEOPage 1 Solutions is offering a free webinar, “The Basics of Local SEO”, on Thursday, March 12 at 11 a.m. (MST).

 

During this webinar, Page 1 Solutions’ Director of Sales & Marketing Bill Fukui and Local SEO Specialist Christa Morgante will break down the basics of local SEO and explain what steps your practice needs to take in establishing and optimizing a local presence online.

 

Attendees will learn about:

 

    • What Local SEO is and how it impacts businesses
    • How to set-up Google My Business and Google+ personal pages
    • Why search engines reward localization and how it impacts ranking
    • All components of a Local SEO campaign

 

Don’t miss out! Register online today!

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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How Tort Reform Hurts Health Care for Everyone

 

Copyright: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/profile_darrenwhi'> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>We have often blogged in this space about the fact that tort reform does not really do anything to drive down health care costs, does nothing to improve overall healthcare, and does not have the result of attracting more physicians to a state.  In fact, it is merely a ruse to assist large corporations and insurance companies in avoiding responsibility for their actions.

 

An article by Joanne Doroshow in the Huffington Post posits that not only does tort reform not positively impact health care and its costs, but it actually leads to poorer care for all patients.  The article summarizes studies performed by the Northwestern University, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, and the Northwestern University School of Law.  In summary, the studies found:

 

  1. “Consistent evidence that patient safety generally falls” after damage caps are enacted. The full study on this topic can be downloaded here.
  2. “Caps on damages” actually increase health care costs. The full study on this topic can be downloaded here.
  3. When a state passes caps, the only kinds of doctors the stated seems to attract are plastic surgeons. The full study on this topic can be downloaded here.

 

The full article can be read here.

 

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Radius of Influence Guest Early Bird Pricing Ends This Week

 

Digital ROI Infographic2We are inviting all attorneys who are not Injury Board members to take advantage of our special “Friends of IB” discount of 50% off full price registration to the 2015 Radius of Influence (ROI2015) conference in Denver.

 

ROI2015 is a one-of-a-kind event that effectively matches marketing and social media education with the right mix of networking and socialization, a perfect balance of what you need to advance your firm.

 

Register Today and use the promotion code IBGUEST15. (View the full size ROI2015 infographic for more information)

 

Don’t miss out! This early bird special offer ends this Wednesday, March 11.

 

Michael J. Swanson

President and CEO

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Andrew Biren Continuing Family Legacy in the Fight for Justice

 

Advocate Capital. Inc. client Andrew BirenCongratulations to Matt & Dee Dee Biren as Attorney Andrew “Drew” Biren not only joins the Biren|Katzman Trial Lawyers team, but continues a life-long legacy.  Drew grew up watching his father fight tirelessly for justice on behalf of Plaintiffs suffering catastrophic injures.  He knows the scales of justice are not balanced & the commitment it takes to fight for justice against corporate giants and insurance companies.  He doesn’t take the challenge lightly; he’s prepared to help injury victims even the playing field.

 

“I knew from an early age – the first time I watched my Dad in a jury trial – I would be a trial lawyer.  I was born with the passion and the commitment it takes to fight for justice.  I know what Trial Lawyers are up against – I’ve seen it first-hand. The law and advocating for serious injury victims has been a part of my entire life.”

 

Andrew “Drew” Biren is a Graduate of Southwestern Law School. He is admitted to the State Bar of California and is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.

 

Join us in wishing Drew many years of success as he continues the family legacy, advocating for injury victims.

 

Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice-President, Client Services

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Laureen Bagley and Client Secure $681K+ Judgment

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Congratulations to Laureen F. Bagley of Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm for the exceptional work in securing a judgment for her young client, in the amount of $681,735.34 from a low speed motor vehicle accident.

 

Laureen and her client faced a huge hurdle overcoming causation when the plaintiff admittedly suffered not only from a pre-existing neck injury, but had just also recovered from a low back surgery just 8 weeks prior to the accident.   On the date of the rear-end collision, the 29 year old plaintiff was in good health and working two (2) jobs as a dental assistant. The Plaintiff had returned to full time work after her low back surgery, was pain free, and walking three (3) miles a day when the wreck occurred. The automobile accident caused an aggravation of her prior lumbar injury and a cervical herniation requiring surgery. Through presentation of evidence and expert testimony at trial, Laureen secured the judgment that will allow this young woman to recover her losses and provide future medical treatment and care needed.

 

Laureen Bagley is a native of Texas. She is the former President of the Gregg County Bar Association and sits on the Board of Directors for the Justice for Children Foundation. She has been honored as both one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers and is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

 

Advocate Capital Inc. considers it an honor to support trial lawyers like Laureen who fight the tough battles and overcome adversity to obtain justice for injured citizens.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Capital Gains and Losses

 

Copyright: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/profile_shutter999'> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>The 2015 tax filing season is in full swing!  The IRS recently issued 10 tax facts regarding Capital Gains and Losses.  Specific topics addressed include:

 

  • Capital Assets
  • Gains and Losses
  • Net Investment Tax
  • Deductible Losses
  • Long and Short Term

 

  • Net Capital Gain
  • Tax Rate
  • Limit on Losses
  • Carryover Losses
  • Forms to File

 

To learn more, check out the IRS publication here.

 

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

Vice President, Finance and Administration

 

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Corporations Can’t Slip Fine Print on Websites by Consumers

 

Copyright: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/profile_iqoncept'> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>Great article from Paul Bland of Public Justice recently about a case where a federal judge rebuffed TransUnion for trying to trick its online clients into agreeing to mandatory arbitration. From the article:

 

“It’s bad enough that corporations are endlessly sticking incredibly unfair terms into the mouse-print contracts that consumers have to sign. Even if we cheat you, you can’t sue us is a common mantra.”

 

At the root of the problem is that TransUnion sells credit scores for $39.99 that are basically worthless. They wanted the fine print on their website to get them out of the risk of consumers exercising their 7th amendment rights to a jury trial over the matter. Read the full article here.

 

Michael J. Swanson

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

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Advocate Capital’s 2nd Annual Soup & Chili Cookoff

 

Advocate Capital Inc. Chili and Soup Cook Off Winners Paul Myers and Michael SwansonOn Friday, 2/27/15, Advocate Capital held its 2nd Annual Soup & Chili Cookoff.  It was time for last year’s winners (Paul Myers – Chili; Shirley Johnson – Soup) to hand over their trophies to this year’s winners.

 

This year’s winners were Mike Swanson in the chili category with a great white chicken chili, and Paul Myers in the soup category with gumbo.  Paul and Mike will retain the winners’ trophies (and bragging rights) for the next year.

 

We had 10 great entries (6 chilis and 4 soups).  As we did last year, all employees acted as judges by sampling the fare.  All entrants were excellent and the voting was close in both categories.  Special thanks to the Credit Team for hosting the event.

 

View photos from this event on Facebook and Google+.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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American Association for Justice Wrap Up

 

Advocate Capital Inc.'s Jeff Glueck and Tina Burns with client Gary Gwilliam at AAJ Winter 2015Jeff Glueck and I escaped the winter blues to Palm Springs, California to attend the American Association for Justice Winter convention this week.

 

It was our inaugural display for our new tradeshow booth and our new raffle item, a Bose® Soundlink® Mini! The exhibit hall was buzzing with activity each day with plenty of attendees and exhibitors. We always enjoy seeing our clients and meeting new friends.

 

Thank you to those who took time to visit our booth and hear about our services.  We are looking forward to the next AAJ annual convention in Montreal, Canada!

 

To see our photos from the convention, please visit our Facebook and Google+ albums.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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Chalik & Chalik Award Scholarship to Cancer Survivor

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. friend and client Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers awards the First Annual Survivor’s Scholarship to Marissa IernaAdvocate Capital, Inc. friend and client Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers are proud to announce the recipient of the First Annual Survivor’s Scholarship. Marissa Ierna was chosen as the $1,000 scholarship recipient because of her efforts to raise more than $12,000 for the oncology unit at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

 

Marissa was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer after in her right calf. Marissa is an athlete, and chose not to undergo surgery which would have prevented her from running again. She underwent chemotherapy and was cancer free after one year!

 

Marissa has been recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals with the 2014 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award for her efforts to help the Children’s Hospital. She is also on the Dean’s List at the University of North Florida.

 

The first annual Survivors Scholarship was inspired by the firm’s interaction with Debbie’s Dream Foundation. The foundation is one of the most active cancer research advocates in the U.S. and lobbies to increase federal and state funding for research. The idea for the scholarship was also inspired by Debi Chalik’s mother, Eva Weissberger, who is a breast cancer survivor and relative Royce Sagenkahn, who lost his battle with appendix cancer.

 

Congratulations to Marissa and thank you to the Chalik Firm for giving back to the community in such a meaningful way. We at Advocate Capital, Inc. are proud to count you among our friends and clients who do so much to give back to the communities they serve.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Meet Attorney Karl Truman

 

President and CEO Michael J. Swanson recently interviewed Attorney Karl Truman of the Karl Truman Law Office about his experience with Advocate Capital, Inc. and the quality of the customer service we provide. 

 

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How to Modernize Your Practice [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

MyCase Modernize Law Firm Infograhic, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsIn a recent blog, MyCase Legal Technology Evangelist Nicole Black shares this helpful infographic illustrating some important steps and statistics you should consider when modernizing your practice in 2015.

 

Where did these statistics come from? In December 2014, MyCase asked solo and small firm attorneys about their technology plans for 2015 and received nearly 800 responses.

 

MyCase Modernize Law Firm Infograhic, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsHere are a few highlights from their survey results:

 

  • Revamp your firm’s website: Smartphones and tables account for 60% of all online traffic so make sure your website is mobile-friendly.
  • Go Paperless: An average of 4 weeks are lost each due waiting on misfiled, mislabeled, untracked or lost documents.
  • Upgrade your firm’s phone system: Consider using a VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) instead of a phone company. It is expected that mobile VoIP users will reach 1 billion by 2017.

 

Read the full blog post “The Happy Lawyer: Find Balance By Modernizing Your Firm” for additional information.

 

Be sure to check out the full 15-part blog series from MyCase “meant to help lawyers take steps to reduce stress and increase their job satisfaction.”

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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Free Webinar: How to Gain Positive Review Visibility

 

Free Internet Marketing Webinar from Page 1 Solutions, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsPage 1 Solutions is offering a free internet marketing webinar, “How to Gain Positive Review Visibility”, on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. (MST).

 

During this webinar, Page 1 Solutions’ Director of Sales & Marketing Bill Fukui and Accelerate Marketing’s CEO Ryan Steinolfson will show you how to generate more positive reviews for your practice that will help you stand out from competitors.

 

Attendees will learn about:

 

  • Monitoring your top directories and managing reviews
  • Best practices in responding to online reviews
  • Getting more customers by posting reviews on social media
  • Increasing PPC conversions by up to 20% using reviews
  • Leveraging video reviews to get upwards of a 60% conversion rate
  • A case study on how a business got 150 Google reviews in 2 months

 

Don’t miss out! Register online today!

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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