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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Dear Clients, In December, we take a moment to reflect upon 2013 as it comes to a close. It has been a year of milestones and many blessings. In July of 2013, Warren & Simpson, P.C. marked its tenth anniversary. For the past ten years, I have been fortunate to be a part of a law firm that has helped thousands of people. Our firm has been committed to helping not only our clients, but also the community as a whole. We work closely with the Lincoln Village Preservation Corporation and the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers program to provide free legal representation and also financial support. In August of 2013, the Alabama State Bar Association recognized Warren & Simpson, P.C., with the statewide pro bono award. We are honored to be recognized in this way and we will continue to serve the pro bono needs of our community. You can learn more about these great organizations on our website. As the holiday season approaches, there will be many opportunities for celebrating and gift-giving. My hope is that you will also take a moment to “pay it forward” by helping someone who may be less fortunate. There are so many worthy […]
Dear Clients, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here! Warren & Simpson has much to be thankful for this year. We have seen many cases reach resolution and many clients helped in a magnitude of ways. We were honored to be able to help these clients with their legal needs. From all of us here at Warren & Simpson, Thank You! As we enter into this Thanksgiving holiday, I hope each of us will take the time to reflect on the many blessings we have as a nation. As Americans, one of our greatest blessings is the nation in which we live. I’m reminded of a line in a song we sing in church from time to time. “Count your many blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings, see what God has done.” Sometimes we don’t realize how blessed we are until we count our blessings one by one. It doesn’t take but a quick look at other countries to see how truly blessed we are!! While many things need to be “fixed” in Washington, let us choose this Thanksgiving season to focus on the things we can be thankful for…the freedom to have a voice! -Barton […]
Dear Clients, I would like to take this opportunity to share some exciting news with you! This year marks Warren & Simpson, P.C.’s 88th year of combined service! We could not have accomplished this milestone without you! What an honor and privilege it has been to have helped the families and individuals that have visited our office. We hope you will enjoy our monthly newsletter. We are sending it as a courtesy to you, our client. Our hope is that you will find the information enclosed informative, interesting and thought-provoking. Once again, thank you for making us who we are and entrusting us with your legal issues! -Barton In this issue: Download Legal Times – Issue 1 Notable Lawsuits – Group Files Lawsuit over School Closures Recalls – Chobani Yogurt Recall Did You Know?