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National Dog Day is Today

National Dog Day is Today

Barley and Guinness want to remind you that National Dog Day is Friday, Aug. 26. The animal shelters from two area counties will be holding adoptions in two locations. Ohio County Animal Shelter will be at Wheeling Park’s Ice Rink from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., while the Marshall County Animal Shelter will be at the Oglebay Park Wagon Shelter above the playground from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A “Whole” Change in Eating Habits

No carbohydrates, no dairy and no sugar really sounds like no fun if you ask me, but the Whole30 craze is catching on locally and nationally. The Whole30 is not just a diet, but also a lifestyle change. Created in 2009 by an adventitious nutritionist, Whole30 challenges people to completely cleanse their eating habits over a 30 day span. This plan eliminates all carbohydrates, fats and sugars from one’s diet leaving me asking what’s left. Recently, I encountered the effects of Whole30 firsthand as my mother tried the fad. My family quickly decided that when the woman who usually cooks dinner can’t eat pasta, pizza or tacos neither can we. We were all in it together…well sort of.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Too Much of a Good Thing

By this time of year, I am done with humidity, and done with those lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer. Too much ice cream, too hot to exercise, too much lax in the schedule! It was a great summer filled with lots of fun and food and friends, but its time to get back on track. Time to get out the jeans and find out just how much damage you did to your waistline (I already know the answer to that question).

School Day Blues

School Day Blues

Year after year, many parents watch the calendar until the school year begins. That’s never been me. This week, my teenager and my 7-year-old went back to school. In a matter of days, my son goes off to college and it has really taken my emotions for a ride.

Insurer Preferred Contractors

Insurer Preferred Contractors

One of the first calls a homeowner makes after a fire or water loss is to his or her insurance company seeking help with both cleaning up the immediate mess and eventually repairing the damage. More often than not, the insurer will provide the homeowner with the name of a contractor who will respond to the home to assist with the initial clean up and to secure the home from further damage. Homeowners understandably assume that when their insurer places them in contact with a contractor who will respond to a loss that the insurer will stand behind the contractor’s work, particularly where the contractor is one of the insurer’s “preferred” contractors and is being paid directly by the insurer for work performed at the home. Unfortunately, this assumption is wrong more often than it is right.

The Discovery Process

So you have hired an attorney, filed a complaint to begin your lawsuit, and are now ready for your attorney to get in front of the judge and jury to have your side of the story told. You call your attorney and ask when the case will be set for trial, and he or she explains to you that many things still need to be completed before trial. To many people, the fact that their lawsuit could take a year or two to resolve comes as a big surprise. My purpose in writing this blog is to describe one of the activities that takes place between filing a lawsuit and having the claim resolved, the discovery process.

Insurance Coverage that is Out of this World

Insurance Coverage that is Out of this World

As lawyers, we deal with insurance companies a lot. Insurance companies sell a lot of different types of coverage, from general homeowners insurance, car insurance and health insurance to insurance covering professional athletes and celebrities’ physical features. Did you know, however, that there are companies out there that sell alien abduction insurance? That’s right, if E.T. comes to take you for a ride you can be covered. In all honesty, the plans are bought for fun purposes. The Saint Lawrence Agency in Altamonte Springs, Fla. started selling the polices in 1987 through its UFO Abduction Insurance Company. A single lifetime premium of $19.95 gets you the coverage. Most of us would consider this type of coverage a good natured gag and laugh at the gold embossed certificate of coverage you can hang on the wall. The St. Lawrence Agency’s own website pokes good natured fun at itself. Its slogan has been “Beam Me Up, I’m Covered.” A successful claim would result in $1 per year payout until you die, subject, of course, to a $10,000,000 cap. It has been reported that the St. Lawrence Agency has actually paid out on two of its policies! If only you could live that long!

Subrogation

Subrogation

There are lots of reasons why a person who has been injured due to someone else’s carelessness should always consult with an experienced attorney before trying to settle his/her claim. One of those reasons has to do with what is known as subrogation claims. I am always amazed at the number of people out there who are completely unaware of the principle of subrogation and the effect it has on the settlement of personal injury claims. A bit of explanation is in order.

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