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September, 2021 - Issue #203
Catastrophic Injuries Deserve Special Care
from your Legal & Medical Professionals

Brain and burn injuries, damage to the spinal cord, serious bone fractures, amputation or loss of limbs,
soft-tissue damage, psychological trauma like PTSD and more can be considered catastrophic injuries - and they deserve special care.
Because catastrophic injury claims are very complex, you'll want to partner with specialists - both legal and medical - who can provide you with the level of care and specialization you deserve to help you recover your health... and your life.
Many of these injuries will require immediate medical attention. Due to the nature of catastrophic injuries, victims and families will be forced to face the very real issue of paying for the medical expenses associated with treating a catastrophic injury. No matter how financially prepared you may be, dealing with the frightening reality of a catastrophic injury can be stressful.
The medical treatment that you receive following an accident can be absolutely pivotal to your survival. Because many types of catastrophic injuries require extensive follow-up treatment, many victims struggle with the mounting costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation.
When you are experiencing a life-changing event like a catastrophic injury, you must take careful and calculated steps with the guidance of a professional who has your best interests at heart - and who wants to help you recover instead of focusing on the stress and anxiety of mounting bills.
The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus are experts in catastrophic injuries. They can help keep you getting the treatment you deserve while they fight the insurance company on your behalf. You pay absolutely nothing until they win your case.
The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus have handled more than 15,000 cases and won more than $250,000,000 for their clients. 296-2992


Turning Over a Newleaf by Paul Butler
Recently, England played Italy in the UEFA soccer cup final. The game was tied 1:1 on goals and went into extra time. Neither team scored during the extended 30 minutes, and so the game was decided on penalty shoot-outs. England lost by missing three of their five penalties.
I see so many correlations between sports and the world of commerce - people working together towards a common goal. Sadly, on this occasion it was the missing of goals that caused one team to lose and another to win.
Blockbuster missed the goal of what customers wanted, and so Netflix won. Taxi drivers missed the goal of providing quality service and transparent pricing, and so Uber and Lyft won. The hotel industry missed the goal of flexible pricing and local availability, and so Airbnb won some of their business.
Sports teams lose games because of their own errors, capitalized upon by their opponent. In the world of commerce, an organization can become a distant memory if they lose sight of their primary goals.
Paul Butler is a Santa Clarita resident and a client partner with Newleaf Training and Development of Valencia. For questions or comments, e-mail him. paul.butler@newleaftd.com

Congratulations to Inside SCV's "Best Of!"
Each year, The Signal invites readers to vote on Santa Clarita's best businesses.
We're so proud of our family of advertisers who were named "Best Of" in 2021!
Dining & Entertainment
Best American Restaurant: The Old Town Junction
Best Brewery: Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Co.
Best Business Lunch: Salt Creek Grille Valencia
Best Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes Valencia
Best Dinner: The Old Town Junction
Best Event: City of Santa Clarita's Concerts in the Park
For the Home
Best Carpet & Flooring: Brent's Carpet One
Best Door Company: Valencia Custom Shower Doors
Best Emergency Restoration: Paul Davis Santa Clarita
Best Glass & Mirror: Preferred Glass & Windows
Best Furniture Store: A Royal Suite Home Furnishings
Best Interior & Exterior Paint: Allbright 1-800 Painting
Best Window Coverings: Blinds and Shutters of All Kinds
Health & Fitness
Best Dentistry: Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry
Best Dermatalogy: Advanced Dermaology & Cosmetic Care
Best Hospital: Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
Best Plastic Surgeon: Heller Plastic Surgery
Personal Services
Best Child Care Center: Sunshine Learning Centers
Best Charity Event: Carousel Ranch's Heart of The West
Best College: College of the Canyons
Best Luxury Car Dealership: Mercedes-Benz of Valencia
Best Private School: Legacy Christian Academy
Best Religious School: Trinity Classical Academy
Shopping
Best Dealership Service Department: Valencia Acura
Best Nursery: Green Thumb Nursery
Best Pet Store: Pet Supplies Plus

Britney Spears' Nightmare Conservatorship Shows the Importance of Incapacity Planning
After some erratic behavior in 2008, Britney's father was awarded a conservatorship over Britney and her entire life. Conservatorships are important tools where someone is unable to manage their affairs or resist undue influence. In a conservatorship, the court awards someone else the right to manage some or all aspects of another adult's life. Ending a conservatorship can require permission from the court, psychological examinations and is often resisted by the conservator. The burden is on Britney to prove she can manage her own affairs, which is nearly impossible when you can't even hire your own attorney.
Britney's situation could have been better managed with incapacity planning. With a Power of Attorney and Advanced Healthcare Directive, Britney could have gotten the help and support she needed from those she chose. As soon as she felt her father was not acting in her interests, she could replace him or revoke the documents. She could have gotten legal advice and support without permission from her father or the court. The burden would be entirely on him to prove she lacked mental capacity to remove or replace him as her agent.
The lesson here is if you want to remain in control as long as possible, do incapacity planning when completing your Will or Trust. Otherwise, you could be left to the mercy of the courts or others.
Law Attorney Michael Yeager 471-2177

Rideshare, Santa Clarita!
The City of Santa Clarita strives to be a leader among local governments in incorporating clean and green practices, including the improvement of local and regional air quality. The city emphasizes this commitment by promoting rideshare opportunities to its staff, residents and the business community. Leaving a car at home and choosing to walk, ride a bike, carpool or use public transportation has many benefits for the individual and the environment. As individuals, we can experience a reduction in stress and frustration that sometimes accompanies commuting by car. There are health benefits due to the extra exercise and you can save money by lowering gas and maintenance costs, too. The environmental benefits include the reduction of carbon emissions and less traffic congestion, which improves air quality. The city takes these benefits seriously and provides safe and clean public transportation and miles of trails and paths for biking and walking. Take advantage of the many options to leave your car at home today and just ride, bike or walk to help improve air quality and your well-being!
santa-clarita.com

More Than a Dealership, it's a Friendship
When Don and Cheri Fleming opened the doors of Valencia Acura in 1997, they instilled a culture throughout the dealership to treat guests the same way they would want to be treated. Valencia Acura customers are not just customers - they are friends. The relationships developed with buyers run deeper than sales. As a family-owned and operated car dealership, owner Don Fleming makes certain the friendship doesn't end when a customer drives off the lot. It only begins. The signature friendship experience extends into the award-winning Service and Parts departments, with its highly-skilled staff earning high marks in industry expertise and training. Acura has earned a gold-standard reputation for precision performance, crafted style and affordable luxury. At Valencia Acura, the team works to make the dream of owning an Acura a reality while providing the very best car-buying experience possible.
Valencia Acura 255-3000
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