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As in a court case, the process of mediation provides a method of conflict resolution. However, it is much more informal and does …
As in a court case, the process of mediation provides a method of conflict resolution. However, it is much more informal and does …
Your roof is one of the most essential parts of your home. If you need roofing repairs, it's crucial that you hire a professional to make the right assessments.
Let's take a look at how to take care of your roof throughout its lifecycle.
I was referred to Richard Cole through Legal Voice as a lawyer, who was willing to do one day only representation. I also highly recommend Legal Voice as the best non-profit organization for getting legal advice and referrals to attorneys for free. After leaving a voice message for Richard on a Friday, he said he had an opening and could be my legal representative for my 9 am court hearing on Monday. Although it was Easter weekend and he was spending time with his family, he contacted me over a dozen times per email to get details about the court hearing. We met before the court hearing and Richard was very focused on getting the details from me he needed to achieve a successful outcome. He has the experience to get straight to the point. During the court hearing, I noticed he had a stack of legal printouts with yellow sticky notes, which demonstrated to me, he had really invested time into preparing for a one day only representation and was not out to just, earn a flat fee without working for it. Richard Cole is a rare, excellent, experienced lawyer who cares and works hard for his clients. I was so impressed by his work ethic. I then hired him to represent me on additional legal issues and each time I asked for his help he provided service that knocked my socks off. Richard has stopped me from making mistakes in my court cases and in my decisions. I personally do not want a lawyer who does not have the strength of character to tell me when I am doing something that will not produce positive outcomes. Richard gives practical advice. He emphasizes staying focused and professional in approaching a problem. I hope this review has been helpful and one day Richard Cole can help you also. I was encouraged by Legal Voice to not thank them but to thank the lawyer they referred me to.
NORTHGATE SMILES Northgate Dental Center 11066 5th Ave. NE #208 Seattle, WA 98125 (206) 362-1516 One of the most rewarding experiences of my life was having some dental work done at Northgate Smiles in Northgate, Washington. I know what you’re thinking; rewarding experience and dental work is an oxymoron (the two don’t go together). But it’s true. I’ve had plenty of dental work in my 64 plus years on this earth so I know from whence I speak. I’ve even had the experience where the Dentist put his knee in my chest to extract a wisdom tooth (the tooth was wise but he wasn’t). But getting back to Northgate Smiles, from the time you walk into its waiting room there is an atmosphere of calm. The décor is not only tasteful but also reassuring. The professionalism and friendly approach of the reception staff when they greet you further adds to a comfort feeling that everything is going to be alright. Dr. Karla Aylen and her support staff made the whole process of injecting nova cane, the drilling the scraping seamless and pleasant. Did I say getting needles, drilling and scraping where pleasant? Yes I did because it was. In fact, we joked (well I mostly joked) and laughed a lot during the entire process and on both visits. They must have thought me weird to be joking like that but they made me feel so safe and comfortable. Most dentists want to get you in and out “NEXT”. But Dr. Karla and her staff made it seem as if I was the only patient for that day. She when over and over each procedure many times until she deemed it perfect. This next statement might seem politically incorrect but I will say it any way. I LIKED, NO LOVED THE FACT THAT THE ENTIRE STAFF WHERE WOMEN- HURRAH FOR THEM. Sincerely, RONALD FAUNTLEROY (Still smiling)
01/25/2007 Posted by blakkiwilder Mere words cannot describe the unprecedented legal representation and emotional comfort I received from the staff at Dixon & Cannon. A different legal firm referred me to Jennifer Cannon-Unione, as they were not able to take my case. In hearing the agonizing details about my situation, Jennifer immediately set me at ease, and assured me that I indeed had an undeniably strong case. She became my pillar of strength, my protector and my confidant. Through the entire 2 year case, Jennifer was not only professional in explaining each process in complete detail, but she did it in a way where I immediately understood. It has been 2 years of arduous work and she was steadfast in her objective and detailing every pro and con, every possible outcome, and consistently explained everything along each step of the way. I was able to make logical decisions based on her approach and assistance. Jennifer is not only intelligent, she is caring, trustworthy, professional, sensitive, understanding, accommodating and mostly the kind of force you would want to defend you in any situation. I also want to say how incredible the entire office is. Fran, Dixon & Cannon’s office manager, is the most caring, giving, and professional person one could ever hope to meet. She was my first physical contact at Dixon and Cannon and was exactly what a scared and nervous person needs when first initiating legal action. Jim Dixon, whom I was able to get to know towards the end of my case, is an incredible individual. They function as a whole and I would strongly recommend them. Thank You. Pros: All experiences with them was positive and a pro. Cons: N/A
02/14/2007 Posted by clb63 I was panicked my 19 year old son informed me hours before he was to show up for his arraignment he had been arrested for a couple of misdemeanors one with a mandatory 1 day jail time. This may not seem like a big deal but he is only 19 and didn't need a criminal record and certainly not at the start of his adult life. I found Jennifer Cannon-Unione who not only walked my son and I through the charges she calmed the whole situation. She exudes a persona which garners confidence. She was able to to make the appearance that day as his attorney and have his plea noted without our having to go to court. She then gathered all the material facts of the case and very clearly spelled out my son's options. She was experienced and had even worked with the prosecutor before on another case which was helpful in working a deal on my son's. She was able to get one of the charges dropped and the other handled in such a way my son has essentially no criminal record and he did not have any jail time etc. Jennifer's expertise and knowledge of the criminal system not only saved the day gave me great peace of mind and my son also. If I or anyone I know ever needs a criminal attorney I won't hesitate to go to or refer others to Dixon-Cannon!!!! Pros: accessible, caring, empathetic, personable, Cons: none
Before I found Ms. Kristen, I had consulted with 5 other attorneys. I initially consulted with her on the phone and 3 minutes into the conversation I knew she was the "one." Through Ms. Kristen, I have filed for dissolution, temporary orders and a domestic violence protection order. It's a very complex divorce case. She had the most knowledge out of all of the attorneys I had spoken with. She knew about jurisdiction and emergency jurisdiction laws, not just for the state of Washington but out of state as well. She has much experience in relocation (with children). She is fierce, strong and fights for me like I am her family. She has given me many options and scenarios so I never feel overwhelmed and know what is coming/expected. Whenever things don't go as planned she comes up with something to remedy it. She makes me feel comfortable and is always available (email, phone, & even text). She listens, is caring and works very hard. My husband holds an esteemed position in the community and she is never intimated about going up against him. She has many years of experience and I would not trust anyone else with my family law issues from this point on. I highly recommend her. She is worth EVERY penny!!
Recently, a situation arose requiring me to employ the services of an attorney. I wanted someone who would not only represent me but also provide solid, sound, realistic advice. I found the firm of Goldberg-Jones, and after a consultation to review my situation, I was set me up with Mr. Thomas Sabin. Tom handled my situation so very well. He jumped in with both feet and expedited the entire process. All the while the consummate professional, Tom also is quite personable and friendly. Tom reinforced ideas when I was spot on and of course open to any thoughts I had. Additionally, he let me know when I was mistaken, unreasonable, or unrealistic. He also informed me when I was opening myself up to potential liability. As a client, I expected and received solid advice, professional service, and a final result of a reasonable resolution to my situation. Additionally, I did not expect, but did receive empathy and understanding. From top to bottom, Goldberg-Jones provided the best service I could have asked for, including friendly staff, prompt service and communication. I would recommend Goldberg-Jones to anyone in the unfortunate situation of a divorce or custody dispute. Thank you, Tom!
I obviously didn't meet Eric Schurman during the best of times, but I can't recommend him enough for making a painful period a lot easier to get through. I found him through his positive reviews online, and now I’m glad to be able to add my voice to the growing chorus of praise. He handled my case with professionalism and compassion, understanding how difficult this time was for me. His knowledge of the law and of my rights gave me confidence and put me at ease throughout the process. His response time to phone calls and emails is amazingly swift, which made me feel less like ‘just another client’ and more like I was being taken care of. Eric displayed a thorough command of the law and a gift for delivering measured, wise counsel at every step. His even-tempered and compassionate demeanor was also reassuring—and even better, he won our case! I am so thankful I had him on my side. I would recommend Eric to my closest friends knowing they would be in good hands.
Charles Williams is an excellent attorney. I hired him because I knew he had a great reputation and the fact that he was also named "Attorney of the Year" by his peers didn't hurt either. He assisted my son in a serious matter that not only could have prevented him from attending college, but also would have had long-term ramifications for years to come. Charles was able to find a resolution that was fair and reasonable and gave my son the opportunity to attend college and to move forward as a young adult without a black mark on his name. Not only did the judge comment on the fast resolution in the case, but the Prosecutor went out of his way to tell me that I had hired an excellent attorney. Equally important in my view was the wisdom he shared with my son about choices in life -- how to make the right ones, and how to avoid the wrong ones. He has taken that to heart and thanks to Charles is heading in the right direction with a bright future ahead of him.
08/02/2006 Posted by mwsea I was so nervous when I made the phone call to Dixon & Cannon, Fran the very sweet and personable receptionist hooked me into Jennifer Cannon's office and she could tell immediately that I was upset. Over the phone, she calmed me down right away. I went on to tell my story I was looking at 90 days in jail and believe you me I was one scared little puppy, because I have never been to jail ever in my life. Jennifer took me by the hand and guided me step by step on what was going to take place, we did what she said we were going to do and I not only didn't spend a day in jail, but I didn't even have to do one hour of community service and walked out of the court house with a $43.00 fine and that was it. The team behind Dixon and Cannon are nothing short of amazing, the rates are very reasonable and you will be very pleased with the outcome. In short it was the best phone call I ever made. Alex
08/23/2006 Posted by guyrosbrook When I found myself in legal trouble and needed a quality criminal defense attorney I didn't know who to call. I did a City Search, and selected Dixon & Cannon based on their reviews. I am so pleased with their sevices that I am writing this brief endorsement and thank you. I was facing a year in jail on a misdemeaner charge. Right from the start I knew I was in good hands and my concerns were alleviated. Jim Dixon is bright, compassionate, aggressive, professional and experienced. His staff is the best (thank you Fran for all your kindness!). My case was dismissed before a court date was even selected because of the way Mr. Dixon presented it to the prosecutor. I can't thank Jim enough. Jim is an outstanding attorney in many ways and I would recommend him to anyone. Pros: Talented, experienced, compassionate Cons: None
The type of roofer you will need will depend on whether you require a brand new roof or small repairs. You need to find a contractor with a history of excellent service in a particular roofing project.
Installation - A roofer can put a brand new roof on your home or commercial building. When this is done as part of original construction, the main contractor will probably perform the task, or may hire a specialist. This is a big project so you may want to find a company who can offer a crew to install your roof over a shorter time period.
Since this is a more involved process, it is also more expensive. Home Advisor says you should expect to pay between $4,000 to $9,000 for a roof installation. This, of course, depends on what type of material the roofer uses, the size of your roof, the code requirements of your area and even the angle - or pitch - of your roof.
Replacement - If you want to replace your current roof, you can hire a company or individual to strip your roof and install new shingles or panels. Some roofing options, such as metal tiles, can be placed on top of existing shingles and are easy enough to install that a single contractor can perform the task efficiently.
If the contractor can install the new roof without removing the old one, it is going to cost you less than a complete replacement. Installing lighter materials will also save you money because it requires fewer people and can be completed faster.
Repair - When you have a leak, it may be time to contact a local roofer. Some problems are obvious and you'll want to call a contractor quickly before damage spreads. A roofer will replace holes in your roof after severe weather or fix your gutters when they stop draining properly.
The average roof repair project will cost you a few hundred dollars. Each tasks is different and you should get a price breakdown for each roof repair project. Make sure you are charged a fair price for materials and time.
Maintenance - There are a variety of tasks that can help maintain the quality of your roofing materials. You may want to invest in sealant or coatings that prevent moisture accumulation or reflect sunlight.
A popular project these days is installing solar panels or other environmentally conscious solutions to save money and make your property greener. When pricing these options, make sure to compare how much the project costs to how much the contractor projects you should save on utilities and heating expesnes.
Inspection - If you are selling your home or business, you'll probably want to contact a roofer to inspect your property for any issues that may affect the value. Whatever your reason for inspections, a roofing expert can tell you possible causes for concerns or provide ideas for future maintenance.
Depending on your area, you may be able to find a roofing contractor who will give you a free evaluation, but you should expect to pay a couple hundred dollars for a full inspection.
Certain events demand you reach out to a roofing expert - such as when a tree crashes through your home. If, however, you're unsure a visit from a contractor is warranted, here are a few signs it's time to give your roof some attention:
The easiest way to tell if your roof needs repair or replacement is to look at it. You should be able to spot broken or missing shingles. Look for subtler signs, such as roof tiles curling or damage around corners and chimneys. Inconsistent coloring could indicate moss or water damage.
If you really want to give your roof a thorough inspection, Good Housekeeping advises property owners to check gutters for broken down granules or interiors for structural sagging.
Not Doing its Job
Your roof is supposed to protect you from environmental elements. If you find water in your home after a rainstorm or feel a draft on cold days, it may mean there are gaps in your roof panels or other problems. A good place to check is your basement or the uppermost level of your property. Try turning out the lights during the day and checking for signs of sunlight breaking through your roof.
You can also check your energy bill. When you feel like you pay too much for heat or cooling, roof repairs could help you cut costs.
After a Major Weather Event
You should always inspect your roof for signs of damage after a major weather event. Wind can blow shingles off your property and hail is a common cause of dents or breakage. If your home suffers from a fire, you need to check for internal structural damage.
All roof materials - even metal shingles and panels - have an expiration date. If you've had your roof for over 20 years, you should consider having a professional give it a full inspection. Problems aren't always obvious, but you can check your original contractor statements for when it's time to reevaluate the work.
After doing your research, you should talk to a roofer in person and ask specific questions before hiring him or her for your project:
What Are Your Qualifications?
The first thing you need to check for is a local address. Its easier to trust a roofer with a history in the community that proudly displays contact information. Not all states require a roofing license, but you should at least check to see if a company or contractor belongs to a national roofing organization or the local chamber of commerce. Ask about any award or certifications the company has earned in previous years.
Can I Have a Cost Report?
No matter how dependable a roofer may seem, never depend on a verbal agreement. You want to get every promise down in writing. An extensive job cost report shows you exactly what work a roofer will perform and how much each service will cost you.
Go line by line and ask about every expense. You should also check to make sure the job completely covers the necessary task, so ask about additional services the contractor could perform for water protection or extended warranty.
What Are Your Plans for Emergencies?
Roofing can be dangerous. You need to make sure that the company or contractor carries liability insurance so you are not held responsible for accidents. Ask to see the proper paperwork and inquire about safety precautions. You should also check if the roofer has contingencies for smaller emergencies, such as rain delays.
How Will You Protect My Property?
Roofing projects can lead to debris and even structural damage. You should invite a roofer to inspect your property before beginning a project so you can point out landscaping or other external features they should look out for. If the contractor doesn't seem to care about aesthetical concerns, you shouldn't expect the finished product to help your curb appeal.
What's Your Warranty?
You need to inquire about how long the work should last. A major factor in longevity will be the materials used. You should research online about how long metal or concrete shingles should perform and make sure the business's guaranteed warranty is in line with industry standards.
Can I Get a Reference?
Not only should you ask to get in contact with past clients, Time Magazine advises homeowners to visit projects currently underway to see how the contractor or company actually performs during a job. You can also go online and check out other customer reviews.
Roofing materials are made out of concrete, metal, plastic and a variety of other substances. Before you settle on material and a design, you should consider these factors:
If you live in an area prone to wildfires, you may want to avoid flammable roofing materials. You have to be aware of your risks for damage and prevent common causes of trouble in your initial buying. This doesn't disqualify all materials. For example, if you worry about moisture but want asphalt shingles, you can purchase algae-resistant versions. If you are designing a home, a pitched roof is better at preventing moisture acclimation than a flat one.
The longer you plan to live in your current home or occupy a commercial space, the more you should invest in a durable roof. The roof of your structure will be a major selling point should you decide to move.
Some roofing materials, such as metal and plastic, have a variety of available looks and designs, while clay tile is very popular for an authentic appearance. You must consider how the roof should look alongside the rest of your architecture and talk to your contractor about the aesthetic values of high-quality materials. You should also consider skylights, chimneys or other obstacles to consistent patterns when planning a design.
Once you consider your regional area, necessary durability and aesthetic appeal, you should take your needs to a roofer who can give you the most cost-efficient option that will satisfy your concerns. You should always create a budget for your roof installation or repair.
If you wish to keep visits from a professional roofer to a minimum, there are some steps you can take to maintain your roof on your own:
Perform Simple Maintenance
Water in your roof is a major cause of mold and leaks. Regularly cleaning your gutters to prevent debris build-up is a best practice. You should also check your flashing and shingle alignment for holes or cracks in the surface. When a roofer installs new materials, ask about specific maintenance you should perform.
Be Aware of Your Risks
If you have a tree near your home, you have to look out for wet leaves accumulating on your roof and the potential danger of falling branches. Homes in colder climates may suffer from freezing, so you want to make sure your roof is properly insulated and prevent heavy snows from weighing down your structure. Before any major weather event, you should inspect your home for possible weaknesses and contact a roofer to prevent trouble.
The primary solution for any possible roof damage is prevention. You can't take your property for granted. You should inspect your roof at regular intervals. Have a professional roofing contractor evaluate your structure after major incidents and well before your warranty expires.