3 INHERITANCES YOU HAVE TO SEE TO BELIEVE EVEN CRAZY ESTATE PLANS NEED A LAWYER
A good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your mind and body. One study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research found that the quality of your sleep is much more important than the quantity — that is, if you want to feel rested. And we all want to feel rested. So, what can you do to improve the quality of your sleep and get the rest you need? LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. This, above all else, is crucial to a good night’s sleep. Your body knows when it’s time for bed. Generally, you want to go to bed when you feel tired, whether that’s at 8 p.m. or 1 a.m. Whenever your body tells you it needs rest, you should make a habit of going to bed then. The more consistent you are, the better your sleep will be. WAKE UP NATURALLY. Jolting yourself awake with an alarm or radio isn’t doing your brain and body any favors (it can be stressful on the body and even elevate blood pressure, which is not good first thing in the morning). If you do need an alarm, consider a wake-up light. Wake-up lights mimic the sunrise, slowly brightening the room, waking your body in a natural, gentle way. KICK THE SCREEN HABIT. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: Looking at an electronic screen — a TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone — before bed is detrimental to sleep quality. Light from these devices is disruptive to your brain’s suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), which helps regulate your circadian rhythm, and screen time before bed can throw off normal SCN function. Put your excuses for staying up too late to bed. Say no to “one more episode.” And all those emails? They can wait until tomorrow. Not getting enough quality sleep is harmful to your mental and physical health. When you get into the habit of following these three tips, you’ll find yourself feeling rested and refreshed in no time. HOW TO ACHIEVE A MORE RESTFUL NIGHT’S SLEEP
Clear intentions make for a great estate plan. In some cases, that means asking difficult questions and making even more challenging decisions. There are rare instances where the party seeking an estate plan knows precisely what they want. And in some cases, it’s not exactly normal. Here are three of the craziest wills you’ll ever see.
THE STORK DERBY
It’s not uncommon for clients who don’t have immediate family to struggle coming up with beneficiaries for their estate plan, but Charles Millar was not one of them. When his will was drafted,
he agreed to leave his entire inheritance, in cash, to one lucky woman from his local area. There was only one stipulation: The winner of the cash sum would be the woman who had the most children in the decade following his death. It became known as the “Stork Derby,” and it did not have a shortage of participants. When the contest concluded, four women tied for the grand prize after having nine children each. Everyone has their regular spots where they love to go to wind down and have a cold beverage. Bill Cruxton was a regular Norm from “Cheers” in his small town. He sat in the same area and at the same table every day of his retirement. Over time, his server, Cara Wood, forged a bond with him and helped him outside of the restaurant with tasks he needed assistance with, such as errands and chores. They became very close friends, and when he passed in 1992, Wood was named the beneficiary of the man’s entire estate. Most diehard fans of Star Trek know who Gene Roddenberry is, but for those who don’t, he was the creator of the original series that brought us all the beloved characters we still know today. Just as his stories so often took a turn to the interesting and quirky, so did his last bequest. After passing, he made sure his ashes were flown to outer space and shot out over the planet — boldly going where no ashes have gone before. If you have specific requests with your estate plan, reach out to us today. Our team is dedicated to making sure your wishes are carried out exactly as you intend them to be. DON’T FORGET TO TIP YOUR SERVER “BEAM ME OUT OVER THE PLANET, SCOTTY”
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