Shop around for best Insurance prices

Reggie was telling me that he was going to call don allred insurance of burlington nc to ask them if they can get him a better deal on his car insurance. He had heard from several people that often an independent agent can get a better price on policies than one that is a dedicated agent to just one company. I can remember several years ago I got car insurance from an independent agent because it was the best deal where I lived at the time. I think it is always good to shop around and get different prices.

Pink Skies

Pretty sunset (free wallpaper)

Pretty sunset (free wallpaper)

Each night this week the sunsets have been gorgeous. I don’t remember seeing such dramatic skies. The clouds have been full and textured, with half the rainbow in colors – lots of reds, oranges, purples and blues. It has been amazing and I wish I had a good camera to take some photos of the skies to share with everyone. They are beautiful and then gone.

Check the Facts and Prevent Solicitor Complaints

Every time someone hires a solicitor there is a certain level of service expected. The client reasonably assumes that the solicitor is well trained and able to carry out the services that they are being hired to do. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Solicitor negligence can lead to solicitor complaints. It is important to do some research before you hire just any solicitor.

These are some important skills to look for in a solicitor:

Strong communication skills, both written and oral

Your solicitor represents you and so it is important that they should be able to communicate effectively, whether it be with a judge, jury, another solicitor or third party.

A keen eye for details and attention to accuracy

Details can mean the difference between success and failure in a case. Overlooking details can be very costly. It is always the best course of action to get it right the first time around

Analytical and focused

The ability to look at a lot of information and gather from it, the most important facts and data that can be helpful to your case is vital. Insurers and third parties in lawsuits will try to bury or hide facts in tons of information.

Able to explain technical legal matters in a simple way

It is important that you understand the process and all the details of your case. Your lawyer should avoid using confusing legal jargon. They should be able to communicate with you in a way that you can understand even the most technical legal matters.

Assertive and confident

Judges, juries, insurers and the public in general react positively to confidence. An air of confidence and success inspires confidence and a certain level of trust that the solicitor is knowledgeable and trustworthy.


You should feel that your solicitor has put in place all the security measures needed to protect and guarantee your most personal and intimate or financial detailed information. So it will remain private and confidential.

Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines

It is critical that a solicitor has the ability to remain calm and focused even under extreme pressure and when facing tight deadlines. Time is a very important consideration in law, delays can be very costly. Missed deadlines, late or overdue payments can result in expensive penalties.

Skilled in handling financial information, figures and numbers

Depending on the area of law, the ability to manipulate and comprehend numerical data is key. Tax, financial, business and matters pertaining to property law often involve numbers.


Empathy is a trait that is often overlooked. It is a very important skill to have in a a solicitor. It is easier to work with a solicitor that understands your case and your circumstances and is able to effectively communicate this. A skilled and knowledgeable lawyer who seems distant and uncaring unwittingly gives the appearance of being cold and distant. They do not seem to be motivated by anything other than their fee.

If you have a solicitor complaint, visit SOS Claims.

Natural Wood Furniture Is My Favorite

patio furniture (free clip art)

patio furniture (free clip art)

When I go to visit someone’s house during the warmer months, we often find ourselves outside on their back patio or deck. I have had the opportunity to see a lot of different styles of outdoor furniture over the years. I’ve noticed that as we’ve matured (code for entering our geriatric years!) I’ve noticed that people’s choices of outdoor furniture has evolved a lot. When we were all younger, we tended to purchase plastic furniture. Largely because it was so inexpensive, but also because it was easy to clean and move around. It usually stacked quite well, so we could often pack up the furniture and store it in the garage or a shed over the winter months. But if we got any kind of wind at all, it would blow away – never to be seen again!

Some of my friends would use wicker furniture instead, and actually used it for both indoor and outdoor! It was so lightweight they just picked it up and moved it from their living room to their patio when they were entertaining! It looked a little less tacky than the plastic furniture, but the wicker didn’t seem to be very sturdy. I don’t think that the wicker would stand up to pets or kids for more than a few months! And I think that would not be able to handle much more wind than the plastic furniture – it just looked nicer.

I’ve seen quite a bit of outdoor furniture that is made of some type of metal – like iron, or brushed aluminum, or steel. To be honest, I didn’t much care for them – they seemed to oxidize and disintegrate fairly quickly. I am always concerned about oxidized metal being a health hazard – I think of tetanus shots and lockjaw!

By far my favorite choice in Home and Patio D├ęcor Furniture – Teak. It has a warm, natural feeling to it. Teak holds up well in bad weather, and can withstand the trials of family life. If I were in the market for Outdoor Furniture right now, and could take my pick of material, I’d pick teak.