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Right now on Amazon, for $18.95, you can buy a large neon yellow sign with bold black lettering that that reads: “Not responsible for cars or personal property lost or stolen or for injury to persons, car or personal property on premises.”   Just imagine, for less than $20, you can insulate yourself from all liability to anyone for anything.  Why doesn’t everyone have one?  Attempting to avoid blame or responsibility is nothing new.  As my husband has aptly stated, Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent.  But can individuals and businesses avoid responsibility for the harm they cause by simply posting a sign or having folks sign a broadly-worded release? Continue reading

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Mercy, it is hot.  The heat index in Middle Tennessee is 105 and other parts of the State are under a heat advisory.  A natural place to cool off is the pool.  But let me tell you a scary story to remind you of the importance of pool safety.

One Saturday, when our daughter Kate was a toddler, I was making banana pudding and Kate was in the kitchen with me.  After she wandered out of the kitchen, I noticed the quiet, which is always a red flag for parents of toddlers. I washed my hands and went to look for her.  I went to the sunroom and the door to the pool was open.  My heart stopped and I could not breathe.  I raced to the door and blessedly found Kate sitting on the edge of the pool splashing the water with her feet – oblivious to the danger.  Someone had left the sunroom door open and she had ventured out.  It happened so quickly.  Thankfully, Kate was fine.  Even though she had successfully completed a water survival class, that scene is etched in my mind and it is still upsetting to think of what could have happened.  After that, we made some changes to improve water safety at our house.  Here are some tips that you should consider if you own a pool or regularly visit one: Continue reading

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Well, we could all certainly use some more beauty in our lives these days.  We often think of beauty as a physical attribute but it is so much more.  Kindness is beautiful, justice is beautiful, truth is beautiful, courage is beautiful and so many more things.  In honor of National Make Life Beautiful Day, we wanted to announce another give-away from our office.  On June 27th, we are going to be giving away 1,000 washable cloth masks from the parking lot of our Murfreesboro office.  Just drive through and get a free mask.  More details are below.  In addition, below are some easy suggestions on how you could make life beautiful tomorrow, and we would love for you to comment with some suggestions of your own. Continue reading

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Nashville is incredibly fortunate to be home to world-class songwriters like Lee Thomas Miller, Wendall Mobley & Bob DiPiero.  Songwriter’s Nights are a favorite of ours.  It is fascinating to hear how hit songs came about.  But did you ever think you, sitting at home in your pajamas during a quarantine, could write a song with a music legend?  Well, Jon Bon Jovi is offering just that.  Read on for a story that will make you smile, an important legal tip and your encouragement for the week. Continue reading

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Last week, we started this mid-week boost where we try to give you something to smile about in the face of all the bad news and anxiety.  We also want to give you some important legal tips that can help your neighbor or you during this time of social distancing.  But, let’s start with an update. Continue reading

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Recently, the Boy Scouts of America declared bankruptcy as a result of sexual abuse claims.  Less than a week later, a New York jury found Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul, guilty on two felonies: rape and criminal sexual act and still faces similar charges in California.   These cases share some interesting similarities and will help create a lasting impact on the landscape of sexual abuse cases.  Read on to make sure you know your responsibilities with respect to sexual abuse claims.

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At dinner one night, when our son was little, he told a story about how a company had made a toy that did not perform as expected.  He concluded his tale with an indignant “They don’t care about us; they just want our money”.  From the mouths of babes, right?  We all laughed but the sad truth is that every day in the headlines we see where corporations put profits over safety.  To some, financial growth is the sole objective.  So what can be done? Continue reading

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Well, we are one week into the new year and the new decade.  How are you doing on your resolutions?  Most folks, roughly 80%, will trash their resolutions by January 10th.  The failure rate on resolutions is so high because generally resolutions like weight loss or learning a foreign language or completing your graduate degree require hard work and take significant time.  But, we have 5 important resolutions that can be done in a couple of hours max and could make an incredible difference in your life. Continue reading

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At this time of year, especially with a shortened season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  Shopping, wrapping, addressing, baking and all the other things that need to be squeezed into our already busy schedules can become stressful.  But it is important to take a step back, take a deep breath and realize that this type of overwhelmed is rooted in something joyful.  We buy the presents, send the cards, bake the cookies, etc. because it is part of a season of joy and festivities.  But, there is another type of overwhelmed. Continue reading

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Everyone can let out a collective sigh of relief.  The weather apps are now saying the rain will stop in time for trick-or-treating.  If your house is like ours, Halloween is the second biggest holiday of the year and postponing it because of rain would be catastrophic in kid-dom.  But in all seriousness, the biggest tragedy, of course, would be an unavoidable accident that leaves a child injured.  That is why, we wanted to give you just a few quick reminders of how to stay safe this Halloween.  Here are 5 important things you can do to help make the night all treat and no trick: Continue reading

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