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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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It is time again for a mid-week boost.  First, over on our Facebook page, we have another contest going.  We have had so much fun doing this and reading everyone’s responses.  This week, all you have to do to be entered to win a $50 VISA gift card is tell us where you would like to be quarantined, if you could choose anywhere in the world, and why.  Now, here is some good news and an important legal tip. 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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Yes, you read that right – John Day is on jury duty this week and next. On Wednesday, John was put in the jury box but ultimately he was excused from serving on that particular jury via a peremptory challenge (explained below).  He may get another chance before his term expires.  The phrase “jury duty” does not illicit a positive response from most people.  We get it.   It can be a little vexing – from the inception of the process when your heart skips a beat because you have pulled from your mailbox an official letter from the Sheriff’s Department until the end when you may not even get to vote on the case because you were the alternate juror in the event another juror got sick, etc.  But here are some things you should know if you do get called for jury duty. Continue reading

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In a recent blog post, Seth Godin wrote: “Accountability is done to you by the industrial system, by those that want to create blame.  Responsibility is done by you. It’s voluntary. You can take as much of it as you want.”   Seth Godin is a marketing guru and I enjoy his blog.  As it relates to the legal field and the work of the lawyers at the Law Offices of John Day, I would change this post slightly:   Accountability is done to you; when you do not take responsibility.  Here is why I say that. Continue reading

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This was essentially the headline of a recent New York Times article.   As a 19-year-old, the subject of the article had flown into a rage and killed a man who had picked him up the week before as a hitch hiker.  While in prison, he spent hundreds of hours learning the law and, after being released on parole, was accepted to law school at Tulane University, where he was met with, perhaps not surprisingly, mixed reactions.  Even if he graduates from Tulane, the question remains as to whether he will ever be allowed to sit for the bar exam due to the character and fitness requirement of that exam.

Of course, we do not know, and probably don’t care to know, the complete and entire life story of most people we hire from our plumber to our doctor to our lawyer, but there are some things you should know when hiring a lawyer.  Read on for 5 essential questions you should ask: Continue reading

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At The Law Offices of John Day, P.C., we have two intake specialists, Penny Whitaker and Lauren Bates. When people call into the offices for a free consultation, Lauren and Penny take the basic accident information for a free review by one of our award-winning attorneys. Let me say, Penny and Lauren do a great job; they understand that when people call our office they are often confused about their rights and options, scared about what the future may bring and looking for help. And, we desperately want to help. But all too often, we can’t and that is where the disappointment comes in. This is never truer than when someone did do something wrong and injuries or death resulted. Let me explain. Continue reading

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Last week, John and I were in Arizona for a meeting of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  We were fortunate to get to hear a number of great speakers including FBI Director Christopher Wray who left us all assured the Bureau was in good hands, and Professor Goodwin who opened our eyes to the collateral damage of the so-called War on Drugs.  But the two speakers we enjoyed most were: John Q. Barrett, the author of Justice Robert H. Jackson, Trial Lawyer at Nuremburg and Jason Schechterle, a retired Arizona police officer who was horribly burned from an on-duty accident but displayed a resilience and optimism that few can imagine let alone embrace.  While these two speakers and their topics were incredibly different, both had a similar underlying message: the work that trial lawyers do is incredibly important   Continue reading

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Government regulations are often scorned and characterized as job killers, expensive and unnecessary. To be sure, there are some odd regulations on the books that deserve some derision  (I am looking at you, T.C.A. 70-4-115, the Road Kill law). But generally, government regulations are a good thing for the public.  For example, government regulations (via the EPA and FDA)  have stopped the pollution of our nation’s water and air and have ensured we have access to safe and uncontaminated food and drugs. Right now, there are several government regulations in the transportation industry that are being rolled back or nixed that would offer substantial protection to the public.  Here are a few: Continue reading

In any line of work, there are always a few that embarrass the rest of the profession whether you are talking about lawyers, plumbers, car salesmen, contractors, teachers, accountants, etc.  Unfortunately, some of the bad apples tend to come out after injury accidents, so here is what you need to know. Continue reading

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