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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Study Aids from FSU Professor

Today I was contacted by a professor at Florida State University College of Law who has created free study guides for those of you who may be taking courses on Business Corporations. 

If you would like to use his videos for studying, please see below 

Module 1, Agency 
Module 2, Partnerships 
Module 3, Limited Liability Companies 

Best of luck to all the law students out there who may be taking finals! 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CanvasPop Giveaway

Ever heard of CanvasPop? I must say they've been one of the quickest canvas companies I've ever used! And so easy! I emailed them my photo--which was a gift for my sister-- and they  emailed me a proof before making! My sister asked for this print for her house, which is a photo of her husband on a hike in Colorado. The quality here was great! I've ordered canvases from multiple sites, including groupon, and have had many problems with them. This company did great! 

We printed a 16x24 canvas, it turned out awesome!

For being one of my readers, you can go order you canvas from CanvasPop today and get 35% off your order through June 30th! Use the code KITTY35

You can also follow them on social media to hear about great discounts!

Want to win a free canvas? Tell me below what you would order with your free 16x20 canvas print (free shipping!) and .75 frame! The winner will receive a code to order thier free canvas! Giveaway will be open for 2 weeks! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Social Media Article

Social Media has a huge impact in the legal world. Whether its advertising, disclosing privileged information, or "friending" opposing party on facebook.

A fellow attorney sent me this article on ethical issues for attorneys on social media.  

Something to think about!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Trial Day

One of the perks of being in a mid-sized firm is the experience. One of the drawbacks is the same...the experience. 

For being out of law school less than 2 years, I've gained tons and tons of experience compared to many others that graduated at the same time as me. My caseload is my own, I don't receive bits and pieces of assignments from the partners...I manage my own work. If you're in law school, you may be thinking that is terrifying, and at times, it is. If you're in law school and don't think that is're probably too cocky :) 

So, I'm often thrown out of the nest and taught to fly by my own instinct (and research...and studying...and observing...and asking questions). There is no hand holding, especially since I hit my 1 year mark as an associate here back in September. 

I've said before and I'll say it again, I never wanted to be in a courtroom. I went to law school with the intent of working preventing the courtroom fiasco. That is, drafting clear contracts that prepare for the "what ifs" that inevitably come out to be the "yep...this just happeneds." I wanted to educate business owners, set up corporations, and be the go-to for handling sticky situations to prevent the filing of a case in court. I'm still that person in general practice, but that is only about 10% of what I do here. 

My primary areas of practice at this juncture is family law, probate, and estate planning (wills and trusts). 

I gained invaluable experience this week. It was my first full-blown, all-day trial. Don't get me wrong, I'm in court lots for various hearings (if you're not in the legal field you may not know that there are often lots of court appearances before a trial) but trials are different. Trials are long, intimidating, and final. Well as final as a divorce trial can be...when inevitably a modification is already on a client's mind. 

As I've said before, so much of being in the courtroom is about the preparation. But there is only so much you can prepare for when you don't know who will be a witness for the opposing side. One of the best pieces of advice a mentor gave me this week was "Just remember, you're not getting the divorce." And it's true. My job is to be prepared, ask the right questions, and do the best I can do for my client. I should also mention I've gone through plenty of other divorce cases, but plenty of them are completed through a mediation and/or settlement agreement. Trial is sticky, taking the decisions out of the hands of the parties who have stake in the game...and giving it to a third party to make all decisions. From my tone, you won't be surprised to hear I'm an advocate of working things through between the parties. 

Not much time to celebrate my victory of knocking my first trial out of the way, on to preparing for my next. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Books By Brittney Folded Book Giveaway!

So excited to be sharing this great giveaway from one of my closest friends, Brittney of Books By Brittney! She makes the fabulous books, and without further ado, I welcome Brittney to the blog to share her books with you!

It’s an honor to be featured on this blog! Kitty and I go back a long, long ways. We love to craft together and to try out our craft ideas on each other. I think that Kitty actually made her first ever wire hanger for my wedding…then she went on to sell hundreds!

I have enjoyed supporting Kitty’s Etsy business as her friend, so it should come as no surprise that Kitty has been one of my greatest supporters as I launched my own Etsy shop in the past year.

So, it is with great pleasure that I present to you select samples of my work from my Etsy shop,Books By Brittney. 

First and foremost, I am a lover of books in every way, shape and form. I love to read, but I also love to use them in crafts. The main work I’m doing these days is book folding, like this cute “Read” book!

If you’re not familiar with book folding, I’m so excited to share this neat art form with you! You may also hear pieces like mine described as book origami, book sculptures, or book art. Each unique piece is made by meticulously folding individual book pages to create a 3-D word or image. The process takes hours from start to finish and each book generally contains at least 400 different folds. So, while the cost of supplies stay low (I upcyle unwanted books which are oftentimes Readers Digest Condensed books), the majority of the pricing covers my time and labor on the pieces. A “block” font costs $12.50 per letter and the Serif  font is $15 per letter.

Bibliophiles, please note: No pages are permanently harmed in the creation of these books. Should you ever find yourself stranded on a deserted island and dying of boredom, you could technically unfold each page and read any of these books from beginning to end. This is not suggested, but it is a viable option. J

These books make awesome presents for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings! Book lovers especially love them, but you don’t have to love to read to enjoy these unique pieces. With the option of customizing the books to feature wedding dates, your initials or your last name (or whatever other word you’d like to use), the possibilities are endless! You can keep up with me on Facebook was well here! 

Now that you’ve faithfully read this post till the end, here is your chance to win one of these custom creations! The contest will stay open until Wednesday December 10th at which time a winner will be randomly selected. This winner will get to pick between my best-selling heart folded book or a folded book spelling out the word “Read.”

And don’t sweat if your name isn’t chosen in the drawing! All of Kitty’s blog readers can use the coupon code KITTYBLOGS in my Etsy shop for 20% off until January 31, 2014! It’s a busy time of year, so if you’re thinking about purchasing a folded book as a Christmas present, I would encourage you to order by December 15th at the latest to ensure timely delivery.

**RaffleCopter appears to be not working all the time. To enter, do one or all of the below (and comment below that you have to get an entry) each time you comment with one of these its an entry. 
1. Visit the facebook page here!  Like the page and tell me you did
2. Share the giveaway on social media (twitter, facebook, etc.) Entry for each day you do it (one per day available)
3. Visit the Etsy shop,Books By Brittney. Then comment letting me know you did (extra entry if you add it to your etsy favorites)
4. Comment below letting me know what you would have on your book!

*this giveaway is occurring through both blogs that I manage, one winner will be selected from the combined entries.