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Is My Lawsuit Settlement Taxable?

A common question we often receive about personal injury settlements is whether a settlement is taxable. The facts and circumstances of the case will determine this. It is true that the IRS will not disturb an allocation if it is consistent with what is contained in the settled claims. If the claim is a personal injury case and did not contain an itemized deduction for...
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Why Diversity in the Workplace is Essential to Every Business

We live in the day in age where diversity is constantly being stressed in our workspaces. Why? Diversity is important. In the world we live in, it is diverse.  According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, diversity means “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements” or “the inclusion of people of different races, cultures, etc., in a group organization.” Organizational diversity is important. When your...
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Obtaining the “Right” Medical Care After a Car Accident

You have been in a crash.  It can be overwhelming.  One of the components of compensation you may seek after a crash is medical expenses.  Unfortunately, insurance companies and insurance adjusters often use the medical treatment you may seek against you.  How can that be?  Insurance companies are looking for ANY reason to decrease what you are owed in compensation.  Over time insurance companies have...
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Women in Law Spotlight: Carol Beckman

This month’s Women in Law Spotlight coincides with Women’s History month so we thought who better to feature than Brown & Crouppen Director of Workers’ Compensation Carol Beckman. We chatted with Carol about her history in the legal industry, balancing career and family, the benefits of women in leadership, and much more.  Carol: I started at the firm quite young, back in 1987. My first...
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6 Ways to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

When integrating yourself in a space that you are unfamiliar with, have you felt the sense of not fitting in? Not feeling good enough? Unable to relate to your peers? Doubted your abilities? Felt fraudulent? If you’ve experienced any of these feeling, this means you have experienced what we call “imposter syndrome.” Imposter Syndrome can be described as a collection of feelings of inadequacy. These...
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7 Mistakes to Avoid Following a Car Accident

So, you have been involved in an auto accident.  Suddenly, people want to talk to you, ask a million questions, everything is overwhelming, and you are left wondering if the right decisions were made.  Brown & Crouppen has handled thousands of claims relating to auto accidents, and given that experience, there are some common missteps that are made and how you can keep from taking...
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Brown & Crouppen Celebrates & Supports Women-Owned Businesses

Supporting women-owned businesses means investing in women-owned companies, buying from shops owned by women, and helping women-owned businesses grow.  At Brown & Crouppen, we encourage and prioritize work-life balance amongst our employees, so we are thrilled to feature a handful of female-owned businesses within our firm. From fashion, cosmetology, pets, and florals to coping with the challenges of life-related to pregnancy and infant loss, we...
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3 Tips for Trial Preparation and Successful War Room Organization

Trial preparation is a team effort. Your team needs a place to gather and truly collaborate. That means setting up what is known as a “war room,” a place where the team can prepare for the battle of trial. We all wish there were a blueprint for setting up the perfect war room. The truth is, there are tons of ways to physically set-up a...
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