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Recognizing Fake Emails

Has anyone ever told you that they got a weird email from you; one that you never sent? Often it tells them to click a link or directs them to send money.

This is an internet scam called email spoofing. While the emails appear to be from you, or from somebody you know, this is usually just a cleverly disguised forgery and not an indicator that your email has been hacked. It is similar to someone standing around the corner from you and mimicking your best friend’s voice while asking you to toss $20 around the corner to them. Most of us would want to peek around the corner and verify that our friend was standing there.

That can be a bit more difficult with an email.

So, what can you do?

The first thing to remember is that things that seem fishy usually are. Look at the way a person talks. Is the use of language odd? When is the last time your dad asked you to “Please kindly” anything? Or has your boss ever “Anticipated your early response?” If you aren’t sure, we recommend calling the person to verify the email contents.

Don’t respond to the email directly as this can potentially create other problems.

In some instances, you can see what the originating email address actually is. In the “From:” line you would see what appears to be your friend’s email address, followed by a second email in “<…>” markings such as From: Mom@hugs.com <notmom@badguy.com>. In this case, you can block “not mom” without actually blocking mom.

 

We hope these tips help protect you from potential scams.

When Life Gives You Lemons, We Can Help

We have all heard the old saying that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. While we all love an upbeat outlook on life, the truth of the matter is that some piles of lemons are just bigger than others, and sometimes you don’t want lemonade.

Almost any time you need an attorney, your life is in full lemon mode. At Dagger Law, we understand that, and we pride ourselves on being able to clear as many lemons as possible from your life.

Sometimes those lemons look like a spouse that wants a divorce, sometimes they are in the form of an injury from a car accident, or perhaps it is the passing of a loved one.

Whatever your lemons look like, our experienced attorneys are here to assist.

Protecting Your Children’s Future

Who needs a Will? It is logical that everyone would be better off with planning for their estate, and today we want to focus specifically on families with kids. While nobody wants to sit down and think about what happens to their kids if they suddenly, and unexpectedly, die, there are many important reasons to do so.

  • First of all, as a parent we know you want what is best for your children. In your mind you probably have ideas about whether you would want your kids to be raised by a friend, godparent, or your favorite aunt. Without a Will, the state has no way of knowing who you would trust to raise your kids.
  • Second, it is unlikely that the state would pick the worst person in your family to take on the task, but creating a Will ensures that your wishes are considered!
  • Finally, you may admire the way your aunt loves and dotes on your children, but perhaps your accountant brother would be a better person to manage the assets that your child may now inherit upon your death.

A Will allows you to create some distinctions about who manages what aspects of your child’s life until they become an adult.

It is hard to predict all the nuances that you might want to spell out in a Will, and we at Dagger Law recommend that you sit down with an attorney to ensure that your wishes and intentions are clearly defined, and allowed, under the law. We are here to help you protect your assets, and your children’s future, today.

Time and Patience: Both Are Necessary in Legal Events

time and patience

Time is a finite resource. You can’t make more, you can’t trade for more, and whether we work hard or lay on the couch, the cost in time is constant.

We seem to be aware of the value of time at a subconscious level. Ever feel yourself impatiently frowning at the slow-moving car in front of you even when you have nowhere to be? We are aware that those extra seconds in the car matter, and we could be spending them elsewhere.

So why all the talk about time? Because legal work often takes time. Unlike the car in the scenario above, most of us can’t see the cause for delay in our legal case, and that can be frustrating. While we could go through a laundry list of causes for this, it is perhaps just best to state that working through a legal issue requires patience.

So, what should you do if you are feeling impatient?

First, we would recommend that you become familiar with your attorney’s staff. Asking questions like “what step in the process is we on” can be answered by staff members. They can typically see when the paperwork has been filed in court when your attorney is researching or drafting documents and can see important hearing dates and deadlines if they have been set.

We understand that waiting for the final word on a life-changing legal event can be difficult. If you have questions you want answered, please call and schedule an appointment today

Dagger Law Employee Retires from U.S. Navy

Bryan M. Everitt, AssociateLancaster, Ohio – Bryan Everitt, attorney at Dagger Law, is retiring from a 24-year career in the United States Navy effective May 26. He served as a nuclear-trained submarine warfare officer and as the Operations Officer at the Navy Recruiting District in Columbus.

“We are honored by the sacrifices Bryan has made for our country,” said Jeff Spangler, managing partner of Dagger Law. “We have a history of supporting our military and we are proud of everything Bryan has accomplished.”

While at Dagger Law, Everitt served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves, where he was a Watch Floor Battle Officer for Anti-Submarine Warfare operations. He served in various locations, including San Diego where he aided the arrival of a Chilean submarine and then assisted the sailors at the base.

Everitt graduated with honors from the United States Naval Academy, obtained his master’s degree from Old Dominion University and then received his law degree from Capital University Law School in 2013. In 2017, Everitt was named Young Professional of the Year by the Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce.