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Can We Talk? (You Bet, We Can!)
Joan Rivers, she of the "Can we talk?" tagline, is famous for her one-liners and her scathing red carpet fashion reviews, but she's also an animal lover who owns two rescue dogs. 
What does she say about the upcoming holiday season?  "Thank God we're living in a country where the sky's the limit, the stores are open late and you can shop in bed thanks to television."
Indeed, it's hard to believe that 2014 is just around the corner, but at Four Pillars Law Firm, we're prepared!  We've spent the last quarter spiffing up our promotional materials so we can spread the word about what you already know . . . how we’re the best estate planning and elder law practice in the area! 
We have a new About Us flyer which reveals some interesting personal trivia you may not already know; we've also updated our testimonial page for promotional folders.  You can read What Clients Say here. 
And, we've published a web page that features nearly a dozen topics we can address in public speaking engagements and educational workshops.  Do you belong to a group or organization that would like to learn from us in 2014?  Contact us to schedule a talk!
Legal Tip
Pet Trusts?  Only For Pampered Pooches?
When the subject of Pet Trusts comes up, most people think of Leona Helmsley leaving a $12 million trust to her dog.  It’s logical to consider how our assets should be distributed among our human relatives, but thanks to outlandish stories like Leona's,  estate planning for pets has a questionable reputation.  Want the real scoop on pet trusts?  We've got it here.
Our Community's Future
Hot Dogs, Cool Cats and All That Jazz
On December 7th, Kelly and Matt plan to have a "doggone good time" at the Eighth Annual Wilmington Fur Ball, a black tie, red carpet fundraising gala.  Proceeds from the event will support the rescue and adoption efforts of two non-profit organizations: Pender Humane Society and Adopt an Angel of New Hanover County.
Over the past several years, supporters and donors of the Fur Ball have distributed $107,500 in funds which have been used to save the lives of many homeless animals in the tri-county area; to build a new animal shelter at the Pender Humane Society ; and to create a new low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Winnabow, NC.  Read more here.
As animal lovers and as attorneys concerned with the welfare of pets when their owners can no longer care for them, we believe in supporting these worthwhile organizations, and we hope we’ll see you on the red carpet in support of our four-legged friends! 
In keeping with this newsletter's theme, we thought we'd introduce you to "Lawyer Dog".  As his name implies, he's a dog dressed as a lawyer, and he's creating quite the splash on the internet!  The Huffington Post featured some of the more popular renditions of these dog/lawyer jokes that are circulating online.  But browse at your own risk, some of the humor is...well...paws-a-tively racy!
If you think you have a good lawyer joke, please share it with us and we may publish it in our next newsletter.  We invite you to submit jokes, cartoons, questions, and comments to:
Barrister's Journal and A Cat's Journal
Entries in Barrister's journal:
8:00 am - Dog food! Oh boy! My Favorite!
8:15 am - A walk! Oh boy! My Favorite!
8:40 am - A car ride! Oh boy! My Favorite!
9:00 am - The office! Oh boy! My Favorite!
10:30 am - A client! Oh boy! My Favorite!
12:00 noon - Dog food! Oh boy! My Favorite!
1:00 PM - A client! Oh boy! My Favorite!
5:00 PM - A car ride! Oh boy! My Favorite!
Entries in a Cat's journal:
DAY 752 - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another house plant.
DAY 765 - Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was...Hmmm. Not working according to plan.
DAY 774 - I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird, on the other hand, has got to be an informant, and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room, his safety is assured. But I can wait; it is only a matter of time...
In This Issue:
Just Four Paws
Cat-itude and Gratitude
If you're a cat lover, you might wonder why you often see dogs in our firm's newsletter, but cats rarely make an appearance. 
I have nothing against cats, really, but let's face it:  a dog's tuxedo is way cooler than the cat's pajamas! (Too bad, I don't get to strut my stuff at the Fur Ball; contrary to logic, it's for humans only).
Truth is, cats are a complicated sort and this column is not long enough to accommodate their cat-itude.  As evidence (my Mommy has trained me well), I submit my daily journal (bottom left) versus that of my cat neighbor.  After reviewing them both, you'll understand purr-fectly!  (See what I did there?  Who says cats are smarter than dogs?)
I can tell you one thing, we dogs are a grateful lot.  And as such, Kelly and the two Matts asked me to tell you how grateful we are for you...our friends, clients, and family.  Thank you for trust and continued support.  And Happy Thanksgiving from all us at Four Pillars Law Firm!
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