Turn Your New Year’s Resolution into a SMART Goal for a Better Chance to be Successful
It is the first week of January. We all are back at work trying to recover from the holidays as the new year kicks into high gear out of the gate. Many of you likely made New Year’s resolutions. It could be one of the standards such as losing a certain amount of weight, starting an exercise program, drinking less soda, eating less candy, etc. Maybe it is something different and more personal to you. Or maybe … Read More
Arizona District Court Rejects Discovery of Medical Expert's Previous Reports in Bad Faith Case
In Cheatwood v. Christian Brothers Services, 2018 WL 287389 (D. Ariz. Jan. 4, 2018) (Unpublished) (Order), a bad faith case arising from a health benefits claim, the Arizona District Court quashed portions of the Insureds’ subpoena to a medical expert which sought: (a) all medical review reports prepared by the medical expert during the last five years, and (b)& … Read More
Why it is Time for an Annual “Checkup” for Both You and Your Company
Over the past few years many of you probably read my blog regarding having a checkup for you and your business. This does not involve the doctor, but it does involve all the other professionals in your personal and business life. Since that time, I decided to make this topic an annual tradition. This is based in part on the range of feedback I receive every year.
Some of you said “What a great idea. I am … Read More
Never Underestimate the Handwritten Thank You
Most of you remember when “the usual” was sending anything and everything by mail. People do things for you, oftentimes going out of their way, all the time. Do you acknowledge these people? If not, why not? If so, how?
If someone does something meaningful, you need to let them know. I understand not all people are doing things to receive thanks, or even comfortable with praise at all. … Read More
Travel Extensively and Meet People
Make travel your norm. We all need to take breaks from work and recharge. If you wait for when you have more time or retire, that time may never come. Or maybe you will retire one day, but be physically unable to go to the places you always hoped and planned to. This is part of work/life balance.
When you travel, immerse yourself in local culture and places. Attempt to meet (hopefully interesting) locals to … Read More
An Arizona Insurer Owes No Duty to Pay the "Undisputed Amount" of a UM or UIM Claim
Although the Arizona Court of Appeals resolved this issue 20 years ago, I frequently see insureds' counsel argue that an insurer must pay the "undisputed amount" of a UM or UIM claim—and I just saw this argument last week—so this post is a refresher.
In Voland v. Farmers Ins. Co. of Arizona, 189 Ariz. 448, 453, 943 P.2d 808, 813 (App. 1997), the Arizona Court of Appeals held "the … Read More
Try to Be Different Not Better
I know you may be thinking I want to be seen as different by my peers. But showing people you’re different will go a long way to proving you are better. For instance, I’ve written about my firm’s intentional culture known as the JW Way because it makes us different than most other law firms.
What I’ve found is that most potential clients and referral sources are attracted to the JW … Read More
Arizona District Court Denies Motion to Remand in Bad Faith Case, Despite Plaintiff Seeking Only $57,000 in Compensatory Damages
In Hoarau v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 2017 WL 3328078 (D.Ariz. August 4, 2017), the Arizona District Court denied an insured's Motion to Remand in an insurance bad faith, punitive damages, and declaratory judgment case.
Insurers may consider attorney fees and punitive damages when considering whether a case on the borderline of the $75,000 minimum amount in … Read More
Invest Time in Yourself to Lower Stress Levels
There is the old proverb “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Hundreds of years ago when this proverb came into use it meant that if you only work you would be bored or boring. My point to you is different: All work and no play makes Jack a stressed boy or Jane a stressed girl. This is something you know, but are you willing to try new steps to lower your stress level?
Many … Read More
Read All the Time
Sometimes it is what you know, despite the universally repeated cliché “everything is who you know, not what you know.” Who you know is important, but what are you going to speak about with the people you know or meet? What you know, of course. The more you know, the more topics you can speak intelligently on with those you know and meet. This is important in the real world.
And what should you … Read More