Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law Participates in Annual Veterans Day Parade

POSTED BY Jon Corra . November 12, 2018

On November 12th, 2018, several staff members from Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, participated in the annual Parkersburg Veterans Day Parade. The parade was held on November 12th this year because Veterans Day was observed on Monday. The parade featured more than 50 participants.

As in years past, the participants lined up in the horseshoe of Parkersburg High School. The route included a trip down Washington Ave, as well as a closing ceremony at the Parkersburg City Park. The assemblage from Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law was placed near the end of the parade lineup. They were just behind the local charity, “We Have Your Six,” and just ahead of the Parkersburg High School Band and ROTC.

Everyone from the firm had a great time. Many of the staff members discussed how much they enjoyed seeing so many Veterans at one time. Other employees enjoyed handing out candy and other items to the young children who attended the parade.

The entire firm was honored to participate in the parade this year, and they look forward to participating again next year.

Jan Dils Participates in Huntington Beautification Project

POSTED BY Jon Corra . July 19, 2017

At Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, we take pride in the communities that we call home. In addition to our headquarters in Parkersburg, WV, we also have offices in Logan, Charleston, Beckley, and Huntington here in West Virginia, and we have an additional office in Charlotte, NC. Recently our Huntington, WV office had the privilege to participate in “Huntington in Bloom.” This initiative places colorful plants around the city to brighten the community. Our firm sponsored two of the plants for the project.

 

It gives us great pride to participate in programs that make communities better. Thanks to Huntington In Bloom for allowing us to participate in this program. The flowers were beautiful.

How Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, Uses Facebook Live to Help Clients

POSTED BY Jon Corra . July 18, 2017

Have you been using Facebook Live? The Social Media giant estimates that there will be 64 million live views by next month. So, that means that there is a good chance that you have at least watched one live video. It’s obvious that the Live video broadcasting service is growing, but it’s not just for individuals. Many corporations and small businesses have also been creating live videos. Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law is no exception.

We experimented with Live broadcasting on Facebook a few months ago, and we were overwhelmed with how popular our videos have been. The first time we went live our Training Manager, Lauren Ward, discussed Social Security disability. We had over 120 Live viewers. Once the video was posted for individuals to watch who couldn’t make it to the live broadcast, it received over 500 views in a matter of hours. Facebook claims that their users watch live videos 3 times longer than traditional pre-recorded content.

After our first run with Lauren, we performed another live video discussing social security disability with our Social Security Operations Manager, Missy Parsons. It was even more popular than our first run. We then followed that up with a video focusing our VA line of business with Lead, and it too was very popular. We’ve decided to make our live broadcasts a part of our regular rotation. We generally try to go live every 2 weeks if schedules allow. As a part of our expansion, we plan on incorporating the personal injury line of business into the rotation as well.

Some may wonder why our videos, or why Facebook Live for that matter, are so popular. The formula is simple. We use an iPad with an external microphone and light source. One of our senior employees sits in front of the “camera” while Jon Corra, our Social Media Specialist, reads questions from behind the camera. “I believe it works well because we’re really just having a conversation. We’re talking to our audience, talking to each other, and just having a simple conversation about the topic at hand.” Claimed Corra.

We usually answer between 8-10 questions. Some of the questions are prepared ahead of time, but most are a result of submissions from Viewers. We also like to compile a list each time of popular topics our clients ask. The topics are usually diverse. The greatest part of this involves the interaction from Veterans. This service allows us to interact directly with Vets who have concerns about VA Disability. The ability to answer live follow up questions has really set this feature apart from other video services.

It’s reasonable that some people may be concerned with confidentiality. We keep the conversation general. We never talk about anyone’s personal case. If someone has a question about their specific case, we suggest that they call in directly. A lot can still be learned though. For instance, in a recent broadcast we discussed PTSD ratings and how the VA determines each percentage. It was very informative.

If you’re interested in being a part of our next live broadcast, be sure to like us on Facebook. To learn more about Social Security, VA Disability, or Personal Injury, give us a call. Our toll-free number is 1-877-526-3457.

Jan Dils hosts 5th Annual Spaghetti Dinner for Veterans

POSTED BY Jon Corra . December 29, 2016

Four the 5th consecutive year the Jan Dils Team hosted a dinner honoring Veterans. Our annual event was held on November 10th at the Parkersburg Knights of Columbus. Originally a cookout, the event changed to a spaghetti dinner in 2015, and the tradition continued for 2016. The changes were made to accommodate poor weather conditions, and to make our guests more comfortable. 2016 was by far the biggest and most popular event to date. Over 250 individuals showed up to take part in the spaghetti dinner.

In 2016 the event expanded. This expansion was due in large part to community partners. O’Brian’s Catering of Ripley supplied sauce for the event. Our friends at the Parkersburg Knights of Columbus played host, and as always, did an excellent job. In addition to our attorneys and staff, we also had members of the Jackson Middle School National Honor Society in attendance to assists with our guests.

While the Spaghetti was a big hit, attendees were equally as excited for their chance to win prizes from our raffle. Several local businesses donated items for the raffle. Proceeds from the dinner benefited the Jan Dils Attorneys at Law Walk4Vets Foundation. Since 2011, the Walk4Vets foundation has donated more than $60,000 for local Veterans Charities. This year, the Walk4Vets foundation selected Operation Transportation as the beneficiary of the funds from the dinner. Operation Transportation provides Bus Passes for Veterans in need in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The dinner raised just over $1,000 for the local cause.

We love working with Veterans, and this is one way in which can give back to those who give so much.

 

Special Thanks to our contributors, donors, and everyone who made this event a success

The Parkersburg Knights of Columbus

DJ Wingrove and Sons Jewelers

O’Brian’s Catering

Woodridge Plantation 

The Little Stir Bakery

Olive Garden

Super Suds Car Wash

Comfort Inn Marietta, OH

Steel City Vets

Firehouse Subs

Napoli’s Pizza

Mike Penn

Crown Florals

Woodcraft

JP Henry’s

Team Jan Dils helps with Toys for the Needy

POSTED BY Jon Corra . December 22, 2016

For the past few years, our firm has had the privilege of working with the Marine Corps League of Parkersburg. The Marine Corps League does a lot of great work here in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Their premiere project occurs every winter. Their Toys for the Needy program provides Christmas presents for families in need in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

This year our staffed raised money and bought presents for the cause. Two members of our staff lead the team in our fundraising efforts. Social Security attorney Yvonne Costelloe and Community Outreach Specialist Jon Corra started raising funds in late October. In total, our staff raised nearly $500. Yvonne and Jon used that money to buy presents for a variety of age groups.

In addition to raising money and buying presents, this year members of our staff assisted the Marine Corps League with the toy sort. Each year, a few days before Christmas, the League gathers all the Toys from all the drop-off locations in the area, and volunteers separate and sort them for the families. There were a lot of toys and bicycles donated.

Our staff loved being a part of this cause, and we appreciate what the Marne Corps League does for our community.

Team Jan Dils Sponsors Little Free Library in Vienna, WV.

POSTED BY Jon Corra . December 16, 2016

For the past couple of years, we have had the pleasure of working with the United Way of the Mid-Ohio Valley. This past summer the United Way approached us with an opportunity to participate in a program called Little Free Library. We value education at our firm, and one of our core values is continuous improvement. We were excited to participate but wanted to learn more about the program.

Started in 2009 by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, the Little Free Library program is simple while at the same time brilliant. The program started with just one location, a small schoolhouse-shaped box on a post at the front of Mr. Bol’s yard. His neighbors loved it, and soon multiple locations popped up all around his community. The news about this unique idea spread quickly. There were a lot of people wanting to participate and grow the network. In 2011 there were 400 Little Free Libraries in the United States, and as of November of this year, there were 50,000 units. We are proud to say that our firm sponsored one of those Little Free Libraries.

So, how does it work? It’s actually quite simple. Little Free Libraries are made from recycled materials. In many cases, they are made to look like a small school house. However, in situations like ours, an up-cycled newspaper box serves as the LFL. The boxes are then given fresh paint and new decorations to make them look unique. The United Way acquired our box, and several others, from the Parkersburg news and Sentinel. Ours was painted to reflect our firm’s work with Veterans. It’s decorated to look patriotic. Inside you’ll find several books. Our books were donated by the United Way. Our Little Free Library was placed in Jackson Park in Vienna, WV. Individuals are welcome to take a book whenever they want. When they finish reading, they are encouraged to return the book for someone else. Citizens are also encouraged to donate books to the LFL. Our firm also brings new books from time to time as well.

The Little Free Library is a great way to make books available to more people across the nation. The team at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, is proud to help in this effort. The mission of the LFL organization is  “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations.” It’s something we can definitely support.

Team Jan Dils Participates in Veterans Day Parade

POSTED BY Jon Corra . December 14, 2016

On November 11th, team Jan Dils attended the annual Veterans Day Parade in Parkersburg, WV. We look forward to attending this parade above all others each year. Our community does a wonderful job supporting our Veterans and the turnout for this parade is always great, even though the weather isn’t always cooperative.

One change to our entry this year was the inclusion of our friends from the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Veterans Corps. We have worked together with these amazing young Veterans for several years. Many of you may remember that the Veterans Corps were the most recent recipients of our Walk4Vets fundraiser. Since 2011, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, has raised over $60,000 for Veterans Charities in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

This year, we entered the parade with a classic Cadillac convertible from the 70’s and a team of about 20 employees. We handed out candy, pinwheels, small American flags and other great items to those in attendance. Along the route, we met many Veterans. One of the highlights was our placement in the parade. We were near the end of the lineup. This meant that we were placed near one of the high school marching bands. The atmosphere was extremely patriotic. We had a blast and can’t wait to participate again next year.