2018-03-stevenson-klotz-law-firm-newsletter 3-15-2018

Stevenson Klotz Monthly Calendar—March of 2018

National Day of Unplugging, Sundown March 9–Sundown March 10. Remember what life was like before everyone had a smartphone? Unplug and live authentically for these 24 hours.

Learn About Butterflies Day, March 14. With spring just around the corner, take time to learn about these fascinating and beautiful creatures and take steps to attract them to your gardens and yards this year.

First day of spring, March 20. Herald the season of new life and possibilities.

Tolkien Reading Day, March 25. Celebrated since 2002, fans of J.R.R. Tolkien should check their local libraries and museums to find events honoring the author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, March 26. Why not observe a cause that’s near and dear to your heart?

Take a Walk in the Park Day, March 30. Walking is a great way to decrease stress. Take a break and enjoy a nice walk in the park today.

Also Inside This Issue:

Recipe of the Month

Spinach Casserole

When Carrie and I got married, some friends and family got together and threw a recipe shower where people brought their favorite recipes and put together a recipe book for us. We still have the recipes and use many of them to this day. They are some of our favorite recipes and are treasured keepsakes from friends. This recipe is easy to make. Our good friend, Ann Chenevert, whose son Jeremy is one of my best friends and was a groomsman in our wedding, gave us this recipe 18 years ago!


  • Two 10 oz packages of frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup of evaporated milk (or half and half)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 8 oz Velveeta
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of onions (chopped and sautéed)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs


Grease a casserole dish. Cook spinach. Drain water, reserving 1/2 cup of the spinach water. Make a white sauce with flour, butter, and milk. Stir in the remaining ingredients, except the bread crumbs, adding spinach last. Pour into casserole dish. Top with bread crumbs.

What’s up at SKLF?

What street are you on? How do you spell that? Well, when Eric and I decided to move to our new office at 510 E. Zarragossa Street, we had no idea how spelling a street name might become a big deal to us.

When you look for a new house or office location you usually look at the size of the building, whether or not there is parking for clients, does it have the right layout for your business, does it have good insulation, you know, things like that.

I will now add to my property hunt check list: how do you spell the street name? Since we have moved in, and created new letterhead and business cards and updated websites and social media with our new street address, we came to realize that Zarragossa has about four different spellings.

As evidence, the next time you come to visit us, look at the street signs beginning at Palafox Street headed our direction (East), there are different spelling almost each block. Looking around the street signs and internet you will find right here in Pensacola: Zaragoza, Zarragoza, Zarragozza, and Zarragossa.

When we moved in, Google Maps spelled it Zarragossa, but in the last week, Google Maps seems to have changed the spelling to Zaragoza. The U.S. Post Office spells it Zarragossa. So, for now, we have gone with the U.S. Post Office spelling.

I think I see a future contest with the winner being able to tell us why there are so many different spellings, or maybe finding the most different official spellings of this historic street name. Stay tuned.

Thanks for the Referrals!

A special thank you to the following friends who referred us clients the last month. We are grateful and honored anytime someone trusts a friend or family member to us.

  • Rebecca Porter
  • Sandra Lord
  • Monique Lucas

Community Spotlight: The Aragon Cafe

Each month, we like to feature people we work with, our neighbors, or people who are influential in our community. This month, we would like to feature The Aragon Cafe.

Since we like to shop local, there is a new cool restaurant located right up the street from the Stevenson Klotz office. The Aragon Cafe, located at 47 N. 9th Avenue, Pensacola, opened in December of 2017.

Aragon is a community just to the North of Zarragossa Street and South of the Pensacola Bay Center. The Aragon Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a Facebook page with their menu, hours and pictures of their warm and inviting atmosphere.

We are glad to have you guys just up the street from us. We invite you to stop in and say hello to Nick and crew who are always friendly and on the spot with service. They have great food, local coffee and local teas. For those going out after work, there are happy hour specials and dinner in the evening.

Aragon Cafe is something new and fun to experience in downtown Pensacola.

Eric’s Corner

Baseball season is in full swing. Both Cole and Lucy Adams started practice a couple of nights a week in February and opening day is March 17. I am helping coach Cole’s team. This is his last year playing recreational league before high school next year. We have been busy getting new equipment (they have outgrown everything from last year), and throwing balls and going to batting cages getting ready for the season.

Lucy Adams sold over 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies! They came just in time for Mardi Gras. They were a hit around the office and Cary and Lucy Adams spent a lot of time distributing cookies throughout the neighborhood and to friends and family. Carrie and the kids took a trip with Cole‘s Boy Scout troop to Crystal River to see the manatees. They got in some time in the water and hiking. I was unable to go because the office move got me behind with some work and we have some trials set in March. They had a great time and are eager to bring me down there soon.

Lucy Adams participated in the science Olympiad team with her elementary school. They came in second place in the entire county! Some team members even one individual competition awards. They worked very hard at school to prepare, and the event took all day on a Saturday. We are very proud of their team.

We seem to finally be settled in our new office. We still have a number of boxes to unpack and some conference room tables to assemble, but we are a long way from where we were with a big mess and furniture to lay out at the beginning of February. If you have not stop by our new office, feel free to come by and take a look!

Watch for Signs of ‘Sick Building Syndrome’

Is your home or workplace making you sick? MCS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (often called “sick building syndrome”) is a condition in which people become ill due to prolonged exposure to mold, formaldehyde, or other dangerous substances that can spread through a building’s ventilation system virtually undetected.

Although national medical associations don’t recognize MCS as a distinct physical disorder, everyone should watch for signs that their environment may be hazardous to his or her health. Here are some symptoms:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Problems with memory
  • Frequent muscle pain, stiffness, or cramps
  • Dry skin or itchiness
  • Chest pain or heart palpitations
  • Persistent sore throat and/or coughing

Practice Area

A client asked me how long will my lawsuit take.

Unfortunately, there is no set answer. I have seen cases resolved in a very short matter of weeks and I have a case in the office right now that is going on for four years.

If I had to give a safe average for a rough life span of a case with some injuries that are not life threatening, I would average about 6 months if no lawsuit has to be filed.

You may not know that cases can often resolve without a lawsuit being filed. If a lawsuit has to be filed, then I would say a safe estimate would be about 18 months to resolve the case.

So, as you can see, there is some incentive of saved time by resolving a case without filing a lawsuit in court. However, that is a decision that we will discuss with you in detail before we move forward with filing a suit.

And remember, every case is different. If you ever have questions about whether you should or should not file a suit, there are many different parts of that question and we are here to help. Thank you for trusting us with your case.

Where the Magic is Hiding

A woman visited a fortune teller to find out if her future would be successful, but instead of answering any of the questions, the fortune teller gave the woman a box. She explained that it was a magic box that had the power to make dreams come true.

She handed the woman a notepad and told the woman to write down three things she wanted and then place the paper in the box. She told her to take the box home and shake it three times each morning upon waking and three times in the evening before going to bed, making sure to repeat her wishes aloud each time. The fortune teller also told the woman she’d have to return the box in one year.

A year later, the woman once again visited the fortune teller. “I followed your instructions, and everything I hoped for came true,” the woman said. “This box really does hold powerful magic.”

“My dear, the magic is not in that box,” the fortune teller replied. “The magic is inside of you, reminding yourself of the things you wanted and helping awaken your determination to get them.”

Dan’s Lucky Night

Dan had a bad case of stage fright and was nervous about a presentation he was to give at the community business forum. He’d rushed there after supper, and as he took his seat, he realized he’d left his dentures at home.

“I don’t know how I’ll get through this,” he lamented to the man seated next to him. “Without my teeth, people might have a hard time understanding me.”

“You’re in luck,” the man replied. “I happen to have a pair of dentures in my pocket. They won’t be an exact fit, but it’ll be better than nothing.”

Dan tried the dentures and they weren’t too bad a fit. He made it through his presentation and afterward found his new friend. “This was my lucky night, forgetting my dentures and meeting a dentist with an extra set.”

“Oh, I’m not a dentist,” the man replied. “I’m an undertaker.

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