HEY, PARDON OUR TRANSITION: WE’RE GROWING HERE.

SO, over the next several months, we’ll be transitioning.

Just in case you missed the memo, we had a name change.  TK Read PC is no more, and the new name of the firm is “The Read Law Firm, P.C.”  Sometime early next year, we’ll be adding an attorney or two to the practice, and the old name just doesn’t fit with the expanded employee roster.

Please note, it’s a new name, but the same great firm with the same dedication to keeping our client roster small, and our service stellar.   Check back here for updates as we transition.

At some point (no worries, a new memo will issue forthwith), www.tkread.com will no longer be the firm web address.  Instead, we will use www.thereadlawfirm.com.  All other points of contact will remain the same:  The Read Law Firm, P.C., 915 Commercial Street, Conyers, Georgia 30012; 770-929-8644; fax – 770-929-8710.

 

Spend this Saturday at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit’s Annual Fall Festival, and Look for Me!

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Come one, come all!

It’s Fall, so it’s time for Festivals, and I’ll be at a great one next weekend. You should be too! If you are a parent, grandparent, kid, or a kid at heart, you need to go to the Fall Festival and Health Fair at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, in Conyers, Georgia, October 1, 2016 between the hours of 10:00  A.M. and 5:00 P. M.  This kid friendly, family oriented festival is located on the beautiful Monastery grounds and has something for everyone!

I’ll be there with my pals from The Society of Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), in my role as Local Liaison. We’re sponsoring a double-booth where we’ll have published children’s authors selling and autographing their books. There will also be Author Talks through-out the day where they speak about their writing process, give tips to aspiring writers, and discuss other topics of interest to writers, readers, and just about everyone.

Here is the fabulous lineup: 

TIME         AUTHOR              TOPIC                                                                       

10: 45         Robert Crewe:        How to Use My Books in the Classroom

11: 30         Susan R. Spain:     My Writing Process

12:15          Tanya Valentine:     Writing What you know

1:00            Cathy Hall:             Not All Who Wander Are Lost: The Surprising Places Your Writing Can Take You!

1:45            PJ Shaw:                My Writing Process

2:30            Connie Fleming:    SCBWI: What is it? Why should I join? How will it help me?

3:15            Susan TenEyck:      My Writing Process

4:00            TK Read:                How to Budget Your Book Marketing

4:45            Sharyn Shields:      My Writing Process

Look for our Banner that says SCBWI. We will be next to the Conyers Library booth.

 

 

 

I’M SPEAKING THIS SAT RE: MARKETING BUDGETS FOR WRITERS, AND YOU’RE INVITED!

Hi Folks! In my spare-time, I write young adults, middle grade books and self-help books.  Come listen to me, and three great ladies, speak at the Stonecrest Library this Saturday afternoon.

I’ll be going over the three marketing budgets included in our book, 100 Small Fires To Make Your Book Sales BLAZE!, and will discuss marketing tips and tricks for small, medium and large budgets.

Don’t worry, attending the workshop is definitely in your budget, not matter what its size as… it’s FREE!

Find more information on the workshop here, workshop details

Looking forward to seeing you there!

TK

BTW, if you haven’t heard, the Second Edition of 100 Small Fires is out in paperback, and is a perfect Christmas gift for all the writers on your list. At $7.99 it won’t set your budget back either.

Find it here:100 Small Fires at Amazon

 

 

 

LOOKING BACK, AND FORWARD!

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It’s amazing what changes a year can bring! Last year, T.K. Read PC sponsored a Children’s Book Authors’ Table at the Conyers, Georgia, Olde Town Fall Festival.  We had five authors in attendance and the booth was well received by the festival goers. We gave away and sold a lot of books!

This year, same event, but with six authors, and the crowd was at least doubled! The books sales and give-aways about doubled too.  The weather both years was fantastic, and the festival itself had a great variety of activities for kids, entertainment for everyone, and merchants selling handcrafted goods.

The balconies on our office here at 915 Commercial Street, and elsewhere in Olde Town, sure changed the over-all look! We did our best to contribute to the festive environment. One of our author’s, Connie Fleming, came dressed in civil war period attire to keep in theme with one of her books. We also had a popcorn machine, and we gave away about a hundred dollars of free popcorn!

It was also really great to see some of the firm’s clients enjoying the festival! If you missed out this year, make sure you attend in 2016. And, please stop by our booth, meet our authors, have some popcorn, and buy some books!

TK Read PC Wins Thumbtack Best of 2015 Award!

Thumbtack Best Pro of 2015 FYI:   Thumbtack is a referral service for all types of professionals.  Their motto is “A local pro for every project.”  The way it works is that you fill out a form about your legal needs, then Thumbtack sends you five quotes from local attorneys that practice in the area of law you require.  You then choose from these quotes to determine who you will hire. After the attorney performs services, the client can then leave feedback about their experience on the site. So, THANK YOU THUMBTACK REFERRED CLIENTS FOR YOUR POSITIVE FEEDBACK! It’s great to know that our services are appreciated!          

LOOK WHAT HAPPENED WHILE I WAS ON VACATION!

I came home from a week at the beach to find the best birthday present ever – my office has been transported to New Orleans!

Well, not transported physically, but transformed, yes.

As part of the set dressing for the CW series, The Originals, my office which used to look like this:

Front of building by Susan!

has been bedecked, and now looks like this:

Law Offices of TK Read PC 915 Commercial St. Conyers, GA 30012

Law Offices of TK Read PC
915 Commercial St.
Conyers, GA 30012

So if you’re driving through Olde Town, Conyers, GA trying to find the Law Offices of TK Read PC, don’t keep going on down the road when you get here. It’s the same building, same quality representation, but now with a little Cajun flair.

For more on the CW series, The Originals, click here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Originals_(TV_series)

IN OTHER NEWS… We’re giving away FREE Marketing Books for Writers!

In other news, in honor of my Southern Breeze, my SCBWI region’s annual spring conference,  my sister, Kathleen Vrona, and I are offering our marketing book for authors for free now through Wednesday.

Our good friend and fellow SCBWI Southern-Breeze member was kind enough to post an article about our book give away! Read it here: <a href=”http://c-c-hall.com” title=”Cathy C. Hall” target=”_blank”>http://c-c-hall.com/ </a>

Be sure and get our book while it’s FREE! Now through Wednesday.<a href=”http://tinyurl.com/m9v8d3w ” title=”100 Small Fires” target=”_blank”> http://tinyurl.com/m9v8d3w </a>

Authors, do you have a marketing strategy, technique, plan, idea or mechanism that produced great results?

Share it with us at tk.read@yahoo.com, and we’ll share it with the writing community in our second edition, to be published in Kindle and paper form in late summer of this year. We’ll give you a shout-out and link to your author’s page!

Here’s to lighting fires under your writing AND your marketing!

Tootles!

 

SETTLED! MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE.

Settled! Time to box it up!

Settled! Time to box it up!

We settled a major medical malpractice case last week for a substantial award to our client. Unfortunately, we’re not allowed to provide the actual settlement number, but let’s just say it’s a life changer for our client and we count that as a definite win!

After two years of hard work, $30,000.00 + in expenses, and sixteen banker boxes of documents, we get to pack this case up and move it to storage.

For those of you suffering from injuries at the hands of your doctor or other medical professional, please note, that while the law offices of TK Read PC, litigate medical malpractice claims, we have to be very picky about the cases we take. This is because medical malpractice cases in Georgia pretty much never settle prior to being brought to court and in order to file a case here you MUST include an affidavit of a medical professional practicing in the same area as the Defendant with your complaint. This affidavit MUST detail the standard of care the Defendant violated and state that this breach proximately caused the Plaintiff’s injuries. And all of this MUST generally be prepared and filed in court within two years of the date of injury (unless it involves a foreign object left in the body, then within one year after discovery or the injury involves a minor, in which case different time limitations apply).

This is a steep, costly and time intensive burden. Finding an expert with the training, credentials and willingness to testify against a fellow professional within a short period of time requires your attorney to have tenacity, ingenuity and a large bank roll.

Approximately, nine out of ten medical malpractice cases that are filed in court and go to trial result in a verdict in favor of the Defendant Doctor. This isn’t because the doctors have better lawyers, or their patient’s did not suffer significant injuries, but because medical malpractice is hard to prove and juries are reluctant to hold medical personnel responsible.

60% of liability claims against doctors that are filed end up being dismissed without payment and of those going to trial, Plaintiffs win only 10%. The Case for Medical Liability Reform, American Medical Association.

The median medical malpractice jury award is under $500,000. See Medical Malpractice Insurance Claims in Seven State, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), March 27, 2007.

Since it costs on average $20,000.00-60,000.00 in expenses for a Plaintiff to bring their case to trial with the attorney paying expenses up-front and most malpractice cases are taken on a contingency fee (the attorney is paid a percentage of any settlement or award), an attorney has to be very sure he/she can bring the case to a successful conclusion.

As a result of this, we have to analyze a potential medical malpractice case very carefully before committing to it. We are more likely to take your case if:

  • It involves death, loss of use of limb or organ, paralysis, stroke, brain injury or other major injury;
  • It has medical expenses exceeding $70,000.00;
  • It has been less than a year since your injury occurred.

TK Read Presents at the Rockdale Magnet School Career Day!

I had a great time yesterday at the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology as a guest speaker at their annual Career Day! The turn out for my presentation was a lot larger than I had expected, with thirty-nine 9th through 12th graders in attendance.

I was greatly relieved that I’d opted to bring the BIG bucket of left-over Halloween candy to pass around and had a power point and other visuals. The teens were very well mannered and asked some really great questions at the end. They were particularly interested in how a solo practitioner concentrating in personal injury, domestic and business law spends a typical day at the office.

It’s hard not to envision a bright future for all of us after interacting with kids like these!

 

The Authors’ Table at the Olde Town Conyers Fall Festival was a Huge Success!

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We’re please to say that the Author’s Table at the Olde Town Conyers Fall Festival was a huge success! All authors in attendance had a great time greeting people and signing and selling their books. All state they will be happy to return next year!