Legal Times – Issue 13

Dear Clients, I hope this newsletter finds everyone having a wonderful summer! After what seemed like the never-ending winter, summer has certainly set in! Many things have happened in America over the last several days, and, by the time this letter reaches you, July 4th will have come and gone. During the midst of these changing times in our nation, let’s remember to keep our eyes and thoughts focused on the One who never changes. The eyes of the world are watching us, and if we are to be a nation respected among nations, then we must first live that example in our daily lives, teaching our children to show respect and showing respect for one another. Make a difference where you are today. In order to be a nation that is respected, it has to start with us. We must first respect God, others and then ourselves. -Derek In this issue: Download Legal Times – Issue 13 Full Coverage What Forgiveness Looks Like We need you!!


Legal Times – Issue 12

Dear Clients, Spring is here! Time to break out those shorts and flip-flops and go plant something! Head down to the Farmer’s Market and support your local farmers! This is one of my favorite times of year. Everything about nature has that “new” look to it. My wife’s flower fetish means that we will spend the next several weekends digging in the dirt. But, after that long, long winter, I don’t think I will complain! I don’t know about you, but I enjoy driving by farms this time of year and seeing new calves running about. Everywhere we turn, we see new life. Speaking of new life, Easter is this Sunday. God’s wonderful, earthly example of death and renewal. Baptism is our symbolism for the death, burial and resurrection. “Buried in the likeness of His death, raised to walk in newness of life.” We’ve included a story in this issue about second chances. Because we are all God’s creation, we have all been given a second chance. Quite frankly, whether you’ve asked for it or not! It is your decision, however, whether or not to accept it. My hope is that you will! We love Him, because He first loved […]


Legal Times – Issue 11

Dear Clients, I can’t believe the first month of 2015 has already come and gone! Where has the time gone? Yet another reminder that we are not in control. Control. What an elusive word. Elusive because by definition it states “to direct the behavior, actions or function of something or someone; to have power over something.” Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m reminded on a daily basis that I control very little in my life. For those of you who have children, you know what I mean. Ask any parent of a new born if they have control. Or any parent of a teenager, for that matter. Everyone is trying to take control. But the more I ponder the word, I’m not sure I want it. Control, that is. Sometimes things happen in life that we can’t fix (or control), and we have to stand back and let God fix it. And you know what? I’m okay with that. His track record is better than mine. My good intentions don’t always turn out like I planned. However, His do. Because if you read Isaiah 55:8-11, He explains it. Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, […]


Legal Times – Issue 10

Dear Clients, As I write this letter to send to print, the Thanksgiving fried turkey has yet to be consumed and presents have yet to be bought for Christmas, but I am overwhelmed with the feeling that if neither were to happen, this year would still be complete. I am overwhelmed by the blessings this year has brought; the opportunities to meet new clients and the privilege to help existing ones. We’ve also had losses. Our partner, Fred, will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas in his heavenly home for the first time this year Holidays can be a tough time for some, but as we head into the holiday season, I encourage everyone to “live in the moment,” as my pastor said last Sunday. Carpe diem. Seize the day. Embrace the season instead of avoiding it. If you have family to spend it with, make it a priority to be with them. If you don’t have an existing family, then this is your reminder that blood doesn’t make family. Love does. Open your heart this season to the Greatest Gift of All. Focus on others instead of yourselves. Focus on the real reason for the season. It is my wish […]


Legal Times – Issue 9

Dear Clients, Summer is drawing to a close and the cool air has finally arrived! Are you ready for some football?!?!?! I certainly am! It has been a busy summer here at Warren & Simpson. I would like to personally thank everyone for referring your friends and family to us. Allowing us to help them is our privilege indeed. Summer also brought a sad time to our firm with the passing of our partner (and Derek’s father) Fred. He was instrumental in our firm’s inception and his presence will be sorely missed. Please keep Derek and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you, again, for all you do to make us who we are! -Barton In this issue: Download Legal Times – Issue 9 UM Insurance – Why you need it A Tribute – Fred B. Simpson, Esq Downtown Rescue Mission


Legal Times – Issue 8

Dear Clients, You’ve probably already noticed that the cover of this month’s newsletter has someone else on it! This is the youngest member of our family, John Luke. He and my wife went to Washington, DC last week for a 5th grade history field study with his school. The picture you see is of Luke next to his great, great grandfather’s (Capt. Terry Clarence Foster, WW1) headstone at Arlington. While the other families were touring museums one morning, they went to Arlington to find his grave. When my wife called later that day, through tears, she told me that while she expected Arlington to be impressive and expansive, what she didn’t expect was the overwhelming, raw emotion. The vast number of headstones in 360 degrees, all representing a person who had fought for or given their life for our freedom. She and Luke had to walk through 1.4 miles of headstones before finding his. If walking through over a mile of headstones doesn’t make you realize the unparalleled sacrifice of our heroes, I’m not sure what will. Our society does a fine job of helping us lose sight of the important things these days. Moments of thanks, respect and remembrance […]


Legal Times – Issue 7

Dear Clients, Wow. April 15. Again. How does this day come around faster than any other day in the year? While I was out the other day, I was grumbling and complaining to myself about having to buy new sets of tires for several F16s last year (that’s what I’ve decided my 2013 income tax paid for), there was no denying the fact that Easter is here! Colored eggs, everywhere. Chocolate-covered rabbits, everywhere. It’s a kid’s dream! It was also the little jolt I needed to my spirit. Nothing like a reality check from God that says “Excuse me, but while you are all-consumed with this tax thing, did you remember I rose from the grave 2014 years ago?” Many can say what Jesus was and what He wasn’t; what He did or didn’t do, but that isn’t my point. My point is my focus. If I was to change my focus to what I believe He did for me and what I can, in turn, do for others, I wouldn’t stay mired up in all the heavy burdens of my every-day life as often as I do. To give you food for thought: How many times have you been […]


Legal Times – Issue 6

Dear Clients, Spring is almost here! I can hardly wait! In the seasons of life, Spring is birth. Many think that January 1 is the time for renewal because of the new calendar year. Nature, however, doesn’t work from a calendar, it operates by seasons. It’s hard not to be happy during spring. The birds are happy. The animals are happy. The plants and flowers are happy. The children are happy. Hence the term “spring fever.” Why? Because it’s finally warm! How about you? Are you happy? What is the definition of happiness anyway? Is there a difference between happiness and joy? Are they synonymous? If given the choice, which one would you choose? I heard it once said that happiness depends on what happens to us, but joy, that’s a whole other level. Finding joy can be difficult if you’re not ordinarily an up-beat person. Joy doesn’t mean you’re happy or feeling good all the time. That’s impossible! Joy is more a state of mind. Joy is a settled assurance, a quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright. Of course, you can’t have joy without contentment. Knowing that “this, too, shall pass,” is enough to help […]


Legal Times – Issue 5

Dear Clients, Happy February! Unless you have been out of the country or under a rock, retailers moved from Christmas right into Valentine’s Day. While I tend to think this is a marketing scheme invented by the chocolate and card companies, my female staff and friends (and wife) disagree. In our culture, the “image” of love is portrayed as one thing, while the “reality” of love is certainly something else. The One person to walk this earth who knew the true definition of love put it this way: 1 Corinthians 13:1. “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 […]


Legal Times – Issue 4

Dear Clients, Happy New Year from Warren & Simpson and Welcome to 2014! I hope you and your families have had a wonderful holiday season and that you are well on your way to keeping all of those New Year’s resolutions! One resolution I have this year, and wish for you to join me in, is to make it a priority to drive without distractions. Distracted driving accounts for hundreds of thousands of motor vehicle accidents every year. One of our clients, David Little, and his family survived a serious wreck caused by a driver who was texting. David has graciously agreed to allow us to publish his story so that others might realize the serious dangers of distracted driving. David is a financial advisor at BlueCreek Investment Partners, LLC. He is active in several community service organizations, and is a great person. David also devotes a substantial amount of his time to speaking, writing, and educating people about the dangers of distracted driving. After you read David’s story, visit the website www.distraction.gov for more information about distracted driving, and take the pledge to protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving; to speak out if […]