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New Resource for Veterans

We are excited to announce the opening of our new resource for veterans! GWB just launched a new program called Southwest Veterans Advocates. Travis Barrick, one of our Vegas attorneys, focuses on veterans claims and is passionate about helping veterans receive the help they deserve. Read on to find out a little more about why Travis is so passionate about his work and what the SVA is all about!

What motivated you to get started with your work with veterans?

“I am not a veteran, but my best friend died from cancer from Agent Orange in 2006. Before he died, he asked me to promise to help veterans, and I did; and I meant it.

“So, in 2007-08, I started meeting with veterans who came my way and learning how to help them get their benefits. I also joined NOVA and have never stopped learning the process and improving my ability to help.

“Other people have helped me along the way, and the joy of success gives me the motivation to keep going.”

What is your favorite thing about working with veterans?

“The best part of working with veterans is witnessing the impact on their lives when their claims are granted. They like the money, but they LOVE having their issues acknowledged by the Machine. The Justice of it all is worth much more to them than anything else.”

What is the SVA about and what will it accomplish?

“The need for what SVA does seems endless. We already have many, many clients, so SVA is all about increasing our capacity to give the highest level of assistance, at all levels of the claims process.

“One of the reasons we are so successful is the amount of work we put into analyzing the claims file on the front end. I honestly believe we know a veteran’s file better than anybody, including the VA.

“Because we constantly need more help working on the claims files, we are always looking for people to train and join the SVA team.”

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Happy autumn! We’ve been counting down the days to sweater weather and we’ve got just the thing to welcome in the new season. What better way to start autumn off right than with pumpkin chocolate chip muffins? These goodies are a game changer and the perfect introduction to fall. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

prep time: 10 minutes

cook time: 20 minutes

total time: 30 minutes


4 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 can (15 ounces solid-pack pumpkin puree)

1 1/2 cups canola oil

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400. Place paper liners in a regular sized muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Add flour mixture slowly to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths to almost the way full.
  3. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire wrack.

Makes 2 dozen muffins.


Original recipe can be found here.

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What Should I Expect When Hiring an Attorney?

What should I expect when I hire an attorney?

If you find yourself in need of legal counsel, you may have some questions pertaining to the process, whether your case involves litigation or a contract or other transaction. This article provides some information on what you should expect when hiring an attorney and tips to help you throughout the duration of your attorney/client relationship.


Communication between a lawyer and client is essential to not only building a rapport but to building your case as well. By asking questions and gaining as much of your insight as possible, your lawyer will be able to gain a complete picture of your situation and know how to move forward with your best interest in mind.

Your lawyer needs a complete understanding of your case, so always quickly respond to your lawyer’s questions via email, phone call, or in person, and hold nothing back. Remember, your communications with your lawyer are confidential. Share everything, even things you believe are damaging to your case or are embarrassing to you. Withheld information is a leading source source of frustration and can jeopardize your case.

When you attempt to contact your attorney, bear in mind that your lawyer may be working on multiple cases and may not be able to respond to you at the drop of a hat, but they should respond to you in a reasonable amount of time and keep you up to date if there are any delay/changes in your case.


Ethical rules may vary from state to state and law firms may have their own set of rules by which to conduct their businesses, but there is a common ground that lawyers are expected to maintain regarding conduct of legal proceedings. Your lawyer is expected to work within the bounds of the law and to make sound legal decisions pertaining to your case, based on knowledge and research of the law, experience, and strategy, which should be discussed with you.

Your lawyer should maintain and respect the attorney/client privilege and never disclose or discuss the details of your case with those who are not working on your case. Your attorney must disclose any conflicts of interest and only represent you if your best interests can be fully pursued without compromise by any other relationship. This does not mean your attorney must always do everything you ask or direct. The ethical rules and the law will govern the breadth of your attorney’s actions.

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Whether or not this is your first time dealing with a legal matter, you may have questions pertaining to what you need to do to prepare yourself for events to come in your case. Your lawyer should act as a guide and keep you informed of protocols and customs that will be expected of you. Gather all documents and information related to your case before meeting with your attorney. If your case involves litigation, your attorney should review and meet with you to practice testimony and arguments for depositions, hearings, and trials. Your attorney has a right to expect you to cooperate in preparing for all aspects of the case; and you have the right to expect your attorney to be well-prepared for all stages and events of your case.