Colin Smith Law - January 2020

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January 2020

End of an Era Ensure Your Captured Moments Aren’t Lost

The holiday season is upon us! Most of us are so wrapped up in enjoying and preparing that we can’t look past December. As 2019 draws to a close, so do the 2010s. Whoa … already? It seems like we blinked and they flew by. There’s a great one-liner in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” that has always stuck with me: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” As time marches on, the world seems to be moving much faster, and we have less free time than we ever did to stop and look around. Looking back on this past decade, I realize a lot has happened. The 2010s were especially big for me. I finished law school in May 2010 with my wife, 1-year-old daughter, and 5-year-old son in tow. In early 2010, my goals were to get out of school, pass the bar, learn to relax, and finally watch Monday night football! I went to law school at night, so having the chance to relax on the couch and watch MNF was a huge no-no and something I missed out on a lot! Today, I’m still working on relaxing. My schedule keeps me busy, but I have had a few moments here and there when I can forget my work and spend time with my family. Over the decade as I grew as a lawyer, I also had the opportunity to watch my children grow up. It’s incredible to think that moving into 2020, my daughter will turn 10 and my son 15. They’re both growing up so fast! When it comes to being an attorney, I’ve learned and grown a lot in this decade. Estate planning has many goals, most of which involve money in some way, but it can be more than that, too. Ensuring the longevity of a lifetime of experiences, memories, lessons, and relationships with the people we love is

access to them. When I work with my clients to create their estate plans, including these seemingly small details is crucial. In the creation phase, I always make sure to include forms and questionnaires that encourage people to provide these kinds of details. Having these moments secured is important for you and your loved ones, and the last thing anyone wants is the inability to access them. With the new year and decade before us, let’s take this time to stop and take a look around. Get started on the plans you’ve put off, spend as much time as you can with your family, and don’t forget to think about and enjoy every moment in life, even the smallest details.

far more lasting and valuable, but we seldom stop to write them down. But there are ways to record these moments so they’re not lost in the years to come. The best part of modern technology is that it saves everything. No matter what device you’re on, you have access to photos through social media and your picture folder you can scroll through whenever you want. With everything electronically accessible, it makes saving and sharing these moments with your loved ones easier than it has ever been, but just make sure you back them up! You don’t want to lose these precious moments. Another good idea is to store the passwords to your phone, tablet, computer, laptop, or other device so your family can have easy

-Colin Smith

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