12178 Hwy 49, Ste C, Gulfport, MS 39503
|Posted on February 21, 2014 at 1:36 AM||comments (380)|
|Posted on December 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM||comments (17)|
I want to ask my friends to help me give MYSELF a Christmas present! First off, please read the entire post, I know it may be a bit long but, at least to me, it is important.
I hope everyone is enjoying the Holidays and is making good headway into all the preparations it takes to make it special for our loved ones. I also realize that this time of year can be very stressful for many reasons: finances, troubled relationships, family issues etc.; ... I want all of my friends (here on Facebook and those that are not) to know that if they need someone to talk to or discuss any issue that I might be able to offer assistance in, please do not hesitate to call me.
BEFORE anyone thinks that I am utilizing the Holiday season simply to increase business, please know that is not my main objective. I do not believe people are so naive, as many large corporations would like to think, that something is done totally out of the goodness of person's heart, although in this case it really is my MAIN purpose to do something "good". I believe in Karma and I try to keep it on my side ;)
As a lawyer we are also referred to, and for good reason, as "Counselor". It is a title too often under utilized in my profession and forgotten by the general population. I have personally had the unpleasant, but necessary job of handling many of my personal friends unfortunate situations (domestic and otherwise), and that it has helped remind me that not all problems have to be handled through litigation or the court system. One of the few great things about my job is that once in while I get the BEST POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY SOMEONE CAN HAVE and that is to help people in their life, not through filing legal documents, but merely by listening and offering advice on how to make things BETTER.
I have had years of seeing what went wrong in people's lives and relationships and I would like to GIVE BACK by being able to pass along that knowledge in a positive way, and in doing so, hopefully make things better for someone else and their family.
So I officially am offering... make that humbly asking, that if anyone has a problem that they need help with (legal, personal I don't care as long as I can help) to please send me a message here on Facebook, contact me via my website www.varnadolawfirm.com or call the office at 228-896-3374 and see if I can do something beneficial besides being the person who files the paperwork to end long standing relationships or bail someone out of a legal jam. I may not be able to do more than listen and offer whatever advice I have, but I would like to do so. IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD when I can counsel in such a way as to avoid some of the pitfalls in life.
My "door" is open for you, my friends, at NO COST WHATSOEVER, to pick my mind, be you shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen and if I AM LUCKY MAYBE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
SO HELP ME TO GIVE A CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO MYSELF and allow me to help if I can! Feel free to "share" with your own friends and family, all they have to do is tell me that "a friend" referred them.
Merry Christmas and God bless!
|Posted on September 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM||comments (319)|
WE HAVE MOVED!!!! Our new location is at 12178 Hwy 49, Ste C, Gulfport, MS 39503, this location is in Raybourn Plaza on north Hwy 49. It has plenty of parking, is handicap accessible and overall is new and improved in every way! I would love for all of my clients, (old,new, current or potential) to come by and check it out. We will still be settling in the first week of October 2012 but everyone is welcome, so please come by and let my office help you with your legal issues or just come in and say "HI!". Tell your family, friends, TELL EVERYONE ;) !!
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
-Casey R. Varnado
|Posted on July 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM||comments (239)|
This goes along with a previous post "Listening to Your Lawyer" (click link to go to that post) and summarizes the way I TRY and handle my practice with clients. I am not always as successful as I would like but the following excerpt from an article by Mike Monterio, called"Getting Clients" published in of April 2012, does seem to help in putting things into perspective for clients and lawyers as well. Read on:
"Be pleasant, don’t be nice
We once received a call from a gentlemen who said, “[redacted] referred me to you. He said that you wouldn’t be shy about telling me I was wrong, you’d probably piss me off, and that I should listen to everything you said because it would work.”
I was delighted.
That said, you should aim to be pleasant to work with, as everyone would rather work with someone pleasant than with an asshole. But no one wants to work with someone who’s faking it. Doing good work often requires a few hard conversations.
There’s a difference between being enjoyable to work with and being “nice.” Being nice means worrying about keeping up the appearance of harmony at the expense of being straightforward and fully engaged. Sometimes you need to tell a client they’re making the wrong call. Part of client services is being able to do that without coming off as a dick. But being afraid to do it because you’re too invested in being “nice” is worse than being a dick.
No one is hiring you to be their friend. They’re hiring you to design solutions to problems. But if they can get the same solution from someone who’s pleasant and someone who’s a jerk, they’ll go with the former."
See the entire article at:
Hopefully this can help clients in all areas of business, not just those dealing with lawyers.
Casey R. Varnado, Attorney
|Posted on June 22, 2012 at 9:27 PM||comments (131)|
“Probably the most dangerous thing about an academic education, least in my own case, is that it enables my tendency to over-intellectualize stuff, to get lost in abstract thinking instead of simply paying attention to what’s going on in front of me.” - Depression & Genius: David Foster Wallace
Most all of us have seen the movies about it, WarGames, The Terminator, The Matrix and the list goes on. How does this relate to the quote above? There has been a long standing debate about the relationship of very high intelligence and that of mental and/or emotional problems. Considering just how many great minds suffered I tend to agree there is a correlation. Even Aristotle claimed “…there is no great genius without a mixture of madness” . Now consider if we take that intellect and expand it exponentially almost beyond measure, and throw in some good old fashioned emotions,… you have a super computer that may be suicidal. Ok maybe I exaggerate, maybe not.
Here is the concept...if, (read when) we can eventually create an Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) AND are able to incorporate emotions into the A.I. machine (for example Commander Data of Star Trek: The Next Generation series after he had the emotion chip installed) what are the possible problems?
The fear of computers taking over the world or destroying it is much more plausible in this scenario. A learning A.I. with emotions basically equals an uber-super genius human (almost, it would really depend on how the emotions are induced, chemically like a human or through electronics, or both). Now with the correlation of bi-polar, depression etc., that seems to accompany many of higher intellect and the probable incalculable "intelligence" potential for a learning A.I., could it, would it, because of the ability of such introspection and asking itself "what is the point of it all" and so on... eventually drive it insane or become so "depressed" to the point where it ceases to function because it has come to the conclusion, there is no point and either destroy itself or everything including its creators?
So considering just how dangerous the possibility is a learning Artificial Intelligence computer/robot should NEVER, have emotions incorporated into it. Right? Possibly, consider this.
On the flip side, a godlike intellect that may well have control everything in our daily lives from traffic lights to the nuclear missiles, as in the movie WarGames mentioned earlier, bases its entire decision making sets on pure logic, without any emotion to hedge those decisions. It has no emotion (pity, compassion, guilt, love etc) to control the possibility of it deciding, in its own form of logic, (as a stereotypical example) that humans should be destroyed because of their self destructive nature. If we create such an A.I. of such a scale, can we afford NOT to incorporate emotions to counterpoint logic (think of Spock and decisions he made because of his half human ancestry, how many times would Kirk or the Enterprise have been destroyed if he relied only on logic)?
I really do not know but assuming we WILL one day create such an entity, will it be smart enough to think through the questions of “Why?” and “What are we doing here?” and come up with an answer that does not end in it crashing, ending itself, and us in the process or helping us as humans to better understand everything in the Universe around us?
Would it be our greatest ally in expanding our knowledge and mind,… or would it be the doomsday machine that Hollywood likes to make it out to be. Would it be too smart for its own (and our) good?
Either way it is a scary thought to me. What do YOU think?
Speaking of great minds that suffered…, “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know”-Ernest Hemingway, author and journalist, Nobel Laureate (1899-1961)
-Casey R. Varnado
|Posted on June 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM||comments (238)|
Found this link and thought I had to include it here:
It is absolutely worth the read.
-Casey R. Varnado
|Posted on April 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM||comments (88)|
I know it has been quite some time but I have been hesitant to put up the same boring legal explanations anyone who knows how to use Google can find, just to fill up space. So this brings me to a delicate but necessary subject; let us proceed:
Let's say you go to the doctor because you are sick. He examines you and gives you a diagnosis and and treatment program. You may not like it, it may hurt, and it probably will be expensive but you have two choices: Either do what he says and get better hopefully or find another doctor for a second opinion. He may or may not give you a different treatment than the first.
Here is the thing though, whether it is the first doctor or the second YOU DON'T ARGUE AND SECOND GUESS HIM. You work with him or move on. You paid him BECAUSE he is a doctor of medicine and in the same vein (pardon the medical pun) an attorney is a doctor of law but there are always those few clients/patients that think they know more than the professional they paid for advice from. Either listen to your professional or get another, do not argue with him or her... it is a waste of your time and theirs.
One of the biggest complaints I hear is that the case is taking too long. It is a simple fact of life and a flawed system that often a legal case can go on for extremely long periods of time. I promise you that your attorney wants to settle your case either through negotiation or trial as quickly as possible. I am not saying there are not attorneys out there who don't "pad" their time but most of them in my experience are working for big firms with big corporations for clients. Those of us with the everyday American as a client do not want to extend the case any further than it has to be simply because most clients are strapped for cash in these tough economic times and it is better business to do a good job as quickly as possible and move on to your next client than try and squeeze the last few coins out of someone who probably had to borrow the money to pay you to begin with. The problem comes in when the client thinks that he or she is the subject of unjust persecution by their own attorney, the system, the world itself. They can become uncooperative, questioning every move you make, every decision made, every delay that comes up and blame the attorney when in fact we want to get the case over, about as much as the client, if not more.
Attorneys deal in facts and law and it is not always easy to relate that to an emotional client who feels like everyone, even their own advocate, is out to get them. I said a year ago that I was not going to sugar coat the things I wrote and this is in line with that. I have some of the best clients in the world,... but they do not always understand the restrictions, rules, regulations and proverbial roadblocks that an attorney trying to win/resolve a case has to deal with.
Whether it is a doctor of medicine or a doctor of law, when you hire someone for their advice and expertise, don't question every move that is made. We are trying to help you but we cannot if you will not let us.
/sigh I do not mean never ask a question, but to question every single thing a professional does... if you are one to do that then I say PLEASE, go to law school or medical school yourself, we are not teachers, we are practitioners of a profession. You don't ask a mechanic why he uses a certain tool for a certain job you just want the job done. Let us get the job done, and if that requires you doing things that you are told to do... do them, or find someone who DOES NOT CARE what happens to you if you fail to do take the right actions. I do care.
This has probably been a bit more harsh than I set out to make it and for that I apologize but I told you I call it like I see it and that may not make me popular but it does make me honest.
-Casey R. Varnado, Attorney
|Posted on April 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM||comments (199)|
I tried to respond to your email address but I do not think it got to you. To answer the question of "Do I practice in the area of DUI?", the answer is absolutely yes. Geography obviously plays a part in what cases I can and cannot take. I handle the MS Gulf Coast for the most part (Hancock, Harrison, Stone, Jackson) counties. If you are out of state and would like to set up a phone consult, or in town and would like to make an appointment, please call my office at 228-896-3374 and we will do whatever we can to help you out.
Thank you for your interest,
Casey R. Varnado
|Posted on March 3, 2011 at 11:53 PM||comments (124)|
To start I suppose that I should let anyone reading know that this is my first time posting a blog and to keep that in mind as you go forward.
My office, Varnado Law Firm, has been around since the early 1990's when my father T.D. started it. It was first located on north Highway 49 in Orange Grove but quickly made its way to the Pass road location (about a mile from Biloxi/Gulfport line) that SO many people knew of and to this day probably still look for us there. After Katrina, like a lot of MS Coast residents things changed for us. The property that the office was located on was sold by my father and shortly after I relocated it near downtown Gulfport on the corner of 22nd St. and 25th Ave. (that is what Hwy 49 turns into close to downtown if you were not aware). After a couple of years and a brief move to an upstairs location in the building that was next to that office we have found a new home. Yes, alot of moving. Did I mention I HATE moving?
So we are now at 1616 25th Ave (remember thats Hwy 49 for all of you not paying attention) just north of the railroad tracks near downtown Gulfport. The main reason for this last move is simply because it is easy to find. I had listened to all too many clients say how difficult it had been to find me in my previous office and I really hated to hear that. Also this location is laid out in a way I like, there are NO stairs to climb! Now that may not seem like a big issue to most of you but for many of my clients (and my aching knees) having to climb stairs to reach me was annoying at least and downright impossible in some cases. Our door opens straight to the sidewalk now! Oh and how I do like that.
Let me say this though, the office is A WORK IN PROGRESS. There has been a considerable amount of work done to even get moved in and open but there is alot left to make it as presentable as it should be. This is going to take some time and I hope that the good folks here on the MS Coast can understand that and forgive me for any physical deficiencies present at the office right now.
Well stay tuned, I have an idea I may spend more time "blogging" here than I had anticipated. Just have to see. Fair warning though I do not plan on posting typical "lawyer jargon" or catch phrases here. Like I am in person, I expect to keep these writings "sugar-free". In other words no sugar coating the truth or glossing over just to make it pretty. I know I would not want an attorney I hired only telling me what I WANTED to hear... he better tell me what I NEED to hear! That I can promise I will always do.
I will leave you with something I have always liked, a quotation from Mark Twain; "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."