I am not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I am one of those people that fall off the resolution wagon after about 15-30 days, and immediately feel shame. I find that setting reachable goals throughout the year works better for me (in theory.) However, in the spirit of clichés and 2016, here is a list of resolutions from me to you, as your friendly neighborhood attorney:
- Make sure your affairs are in order. Everyone, regardless of age or financial well-being should have a living will, a medical power of attorney, and a durable power of attorney, in case of an emergency. Anyone with children, a spouse, a significant other, a business, a house, or anything of value whatsoever, should have a will or a trust. Having these simple things in place will can speed up the administration process, reduce administration costs, make provision for an unmarried partner, help preserve assets which would otherwise be used to fund care home fees, set out your funeral wishes, and look after the needs of minor children. This is no brainer. Call Larry Scaringelli, Esq. if you need help-he is awesome.
- Buy disability insurance. We learned firsthand when Maddie’s dad got sick from cancer the importance of disability insurance. How are you going to pay your bills if you cannot work?
- Put everything in writing! It still amazes me that my clients come to me with problems that arose because their business relationship was not properly documented. It’s 2016, people! Unfortunately, a hand shake and a few e-mails do not consummate the deal. Call your favorite business attorney to prepare or review your contracts, or call mine, Jaime Eisenfeld, Esq.
- Spend the money to make sure your data is secure.
- Talk to your kids about drugs, TODAY. Everyone should attend a “Not my Kid” meeting with your children. You will be surprised who you might see there. Studies show that children whose parents start talking to them about drugs at age 10 or younger are 65% less likely to become addicted to drugs. None of us can afford to NOT talk to our kids.
- Become a mentor.
- Keep up with technology. You can only bury your head in the sand for so long (Hilary…..) and pretend that the Technology Age does not apply to you. It will keep coming, and “hell is coming” with it, if you do not keep up.
- Do Yoga. Truth be told, everything about yoga bugs me, especially the need for 110 degree temperatures, and the hip clothes that do not look cute on me. People who do yoga can’t seem to help but talk about how they do yoga, and how cool they are because they do yoga. However, I cannot think of anyone that needs to do yoga more than me, and maybe Bruce Arians. According to the Mayo Clinic, yoga reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and reduces heart rate. Duh! Hot Yoga here I come.
- Volunteer your time, and donate your money. Staring Maddie’s Daddy Foundation, Inc. with my daughter, and my dear friends has been an amazing experience. I am in awe of this community’s desire to give back. Be a part of it.
Not to copy from Warren Miller, but I am going to copy Warren Miller. “If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”
True that, Mr. Miller, true that.
Happy New Year from all of us at Ashley D. Adams, PLC.