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Karen’s ‘The Asset Map’ Checklists for Personal Representatives and Trustees when the tough time comes

fulfill-your-destiny-tree-text1-262817_960x332Karen’s Mom passed away very suddenly from a massive heart attack.  Karen was the executor, personal representative and trustee.  Combing the internet for resources to help, Karen didn’t find all that she needed so she created two checklists:

1) What to Do When Learning of the Passing of a Loved One

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2) The Asset Map which helps you find the treasure in your business and personal life, map your assets, and prepare your family for financial freedom. 

Thank you to Independent Financial Services for licensing the right to use these two checklists to help all of their clients.  For more information, please view our Speaker Info tab and  contact Karen at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org  to learn more.

 

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Latest Reviews for Amazon Best Seller “Plaintiff 101”

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As Karen Mertes’ life hung in the balance after a tragic car accident caused by a drunk driver, she promised to spend the rest of her life helping others if she were to survive. Despite sustaining a traumatic brain injury, Karen Mertes is the founder and president of Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances. This book is to help other personal injury survivors contemplating litigation, or already involved in litigation. You should be able to navigate these troubled waters ever so slightly easier because of our experience and advice. We’re hopeful that plaintiffs’ attorneys will see the benefit of providing this book as a teaching tool to their clients so as a team you can win your case!

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Difficult Roads often lead to…

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Preparing Your College Students for the Dangers of Drinking and Driving

We are less than a month away from the beginning of the fall semester for college students. As a parent you might be roaming Target for the perfect dorm room decorations for your soon-to-be or current college student, working out a budget for an allowance, and checking with your insurance company about your child’s car while they’re out of state. Wherever you’re at in the checklist – make sure that talking to your child about the dangers of drunk driving has been checked off. College students are guaranteed to host parties on and off campus – and where there is alcohol – bad choices are never far behind.

In “A Snapshot of Annual High-Risk College Drinking Consequences” by College Drinking Prevention — 1,825 college students between the ages of 18-24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle accidents.

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Karen Mertes has been a victim of a car accident at the hands of a drunk driver and endured a traumatic brain injury. She wants to raise awareness and offer advice to those fighting the battles she has in the past.


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Above quote excerpted from Plaintiff 101: The Black Book of Inside Information Your Lawyer Will Want You To Know.

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Facebook LIVE has Proven to be Fatal for some Users

In the last few weeks two incidents have happened where drivers that were under the influence, got on Facebook LIVE to showoff to their ‘friends.’ In one of the events, a Florida man was on a mission to mow over beach goers in his car while driving drunk. The man was even drinking during the incident. During the Facebook LIVE stream, you could see police vehicles chasing him as he ran over beach chairs and swerved toward people. Luckily, the suspect was apprehended and no one was harmed.

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In the second incident, a California woman was driving under the influence, while she was fidgeting with her phone, she runs something over while on Facebook LIVE. The woman jumps out of the car and finds that she had run over her sister, killing her. It is clear that the driver was under the influence because she continues to stream her trying to wake her sister up and saying “I know I’m going to jail, I did it, RIP.” The video is extremely graphic, so if you do come across it, be aware. Check out the article here.

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The importance of driving sober cannot be stressed enough. Although the trend of using Facebook LIVE for everyday events seems like a good idea, it DOES NOT make it okay to put yours or the lives of others at risk for ‘likes.’

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Do You Have the Jury on Your Side? Here are the facts about Burden of Proof!

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The reality is, it is extremely difficult for a plaintiff to prevail at trial. Your attorney will likely tell you, that, as a plaintiff, you have the burden of proving three elements in order for a jury to even consider awarding you damages. Think of it as a three-legged stool. If any one of the legs fail, the stool falls over and your case will most certainly fail. Those three elements are as follows:

Liability: The plaintiff must prove that the defendant was negligent or operated below a reasonable standard of care or otherwise committed wrongful behavior leading to plaintiff’s injuries.

Damages: Even once the plaintiff has proved the defendant was negligent, the plaintiff must also prove she has suffered injuries, damages or losses. For example, if a plaintiff were to say that a driver was negligently swerving all over the road and came within inches of striking the pedestrian plaintiff, there would rightfully be no case, because the plaintiff escaped injury and suffered no damages, despite the extreme negligence of the defendant.

Causation: Let’s assume you have proved liability and damages. Simply stated, causation is the link the plaintiff must prove connecting liability to damages. For example, if the plaintiff were to claim she suffered chronic back pain following an injury caused by the negligence of the defendant, but the plaintiff’s medical history indicated repeated complaints and treatment for chronic back pain before this incident, the defense would have a good argument that the plaintiff failed to meet her burden of proof regarding causation. This is not an automatic game loser for the plaintiff, but it does make her case more difficult for obvious reasons.

 


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Before You Post, Here is What You Need to Know about Your Litigation

Millions of us use some type of social media – whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even a combination of the three. We are living in a time where you can access anyone with the touch of your finger tips. Some of us are more weary than others of what we share on social networks. But how do your public posts play a role in your personal injury litigation?

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I was actually very lucky that I did not have a social media before/during my personal injury litigation. After the case settled, it came to my attention that the defense team had combed the internet searching for information that they could use, but were unable to find any social media footprint. Trust me when I tell you that tan entire case can be lost with thoughtless statements on social media.

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Stay off social media websites. Assume any statement or picture you add to your Facebook page or Twitter account will be examined by opposing counsel and introduced at trial. Also,  social media is an excellent aura for defense counsel to identify witnesses regarding your post-injury activities, which, if taken out of context, may prejudice a jury.


Whether its a minor fender bender, critical injury or fatality – “Plaintiff 101” is the go-to little black book full of tips, checklists and advice from my personal injury litigation that occurred after my car accident that left me with a traumatic brain injury.


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