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Firm Happenings

We are pleased to report that our firm is continuing to grow to meet the needs of its clients. This summer, Jackie R. Clowers started as an associate in the firm’s litigation section.  As the husband of associate, Carli A. Clowers, Jackie had already been part of our “firm family” for two years, but he did not let that scare him away!  Jackie is licensed in both Indiana and Kentucky, and is a great addition to the firm.
Rodney and Lisa Scott are thrilled to announce the arrival of their granddaughter, Evelyn Grace “Evey” Carlock on July 1.  Evey joins big brother, Jaxson Carlock.  Rodney and Lisa’s daughter, Meghan Carlock, and her husband Matt, have had to learn to play man-to-man in covering their kids, but they get a lot of help from Jaxson’s and Evey’s proud grandparents.  Evey is named in honor of Lisa’s beloved mother.
Jennifer Brown and her husband, Benji, had an exciting summer.  They celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in July.  Not one to be outdone, their daughter, Bayley, graduated from Clarksville High School in June, ranked third in her class.  She is now attending Indiana University Southeast working toward her Bachelor of Science in biology, and plans to ultimately relocate to pursue her dream of working in marine biology.  Jenn and Benji could not be prouder.
Rodney Scott  took a well-deserved sabbatical (at least from the staff's perspective, as it was much quieter around here) from July 27th to August 27th.  He spent the entire time bouncing along U.S. highways and byways on his motorcycle with a friend.  They traveled through 17 states, toured about ten national parks including Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain National Park, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and Arches National Park, and drove through more national forests than he even knew existed.  They stayed in small towns:  Valentine, Nebraska; Moran, Wyoming; Pocatello, Idaho; Kremmling, Colorado; Gunnison, Colorado; Clovis, New Mexico; Farmington, New Mexico; Green River, Utah; Cedar City, Utah; etc.  He rode beautiful mountain pass after beautiful mountain pass in the Tetons, the Rockies, the San Juan Mountains, the San Carlos Apache reservation and the "Smoky" Mountain in southern Utah which included a pass near Escalante that he plans on never seeing again on a motorcycle (if you know him very well, you know how much he hates heights -- especially unguarded heights).  They stayed in a charming inn with all the amenities, an old inn without air conditioning or any updates since the '70s that was owned and run by an older couple that belonged in a movie, a teepee (yeah, that's its own story altogether) and multiple chain hotels.
In late August, Scott Waters presented an Estate Planning and Probate Avoidance seminar to 26 financial clients of Chris Hass, Hass Financial, Louisville, Kentucky.  The attendees enjoyed a nice lunch at Harvest Moon Restaurant on Lexington Road.  Noting that an estate plan, like a stool, needs at least three legs to stand up, Scott focused on the three "legs" of estate planning: 1.  Advanced Directives for Healthcare; 2.  Powers of Attorney, durable and/or springing; and 3.  Testamentary Intent - Designations of Beneficiaries, Last Will and Testaments and Revocable Living Trusts.  The group heard some horror stories of unintended consequences of poor or no estate planning, and heard a number of reasons why using a “Living Trust" is preferable to keep things private, confidential, and out of court, away from probate ("proving a will valid").
John and Tricia Hofmann's daughter, Casey Hofmann, graduated from Hayfield Montessori School (where she was one of four fifth graders) and started public middle school this autumn (as part of a sixth-grade class of over 400).  Despite the culture shock, Casey has adjusted well, has earned straight A's and was a member of the sixth grade field hockey team.  Who knew watching a middle school field hockey tournament was every bit as stressful as watching an NCAA tournament game?!  Casey's sister, Madison Hofmann, a fourth grader at Hayfield, has fallen in love with figure skating and has begun her competitive skating career with a first-place finish in her inaugural competition.  John and Tricia are hopeful that the current rate of one broken tooth for every six months of lessons does not continue into the future!
Rodney and Lisa Scott's daughter, Emma Scott, has just started her rounds as a third-year medical student at the University of Kentucky.  Her younger sister, Katie Scott, spent her summer at Denison University again after earning a research grant to compare and critique the divergent economic theories of Hayek and Keynes.  That is a paper only professors and parents can appreciate.
Scott Tyler, Tricia Hofmann and Carli Clowers continue the firm's work with the Floyd County Teen Court program as mentors and attorney advisors, and Jackie Clowers has begun to assist in that process, as well.  Teen Court has been active in Floyd County since the summer of 2008, and our firm has been actively involved since its inception.