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Happy February! I’m so excited about our new newsletter and hope you will be too! Every month you’ll receive fun and educational information you can use. Of course, as your lawyer, I can’t resist talking law, so every month I’ll include a legal topic. This month, let’s talk about protecting your family legacy. You’ve spent your whole life building a secure financial future for your family that you want to protect and pass on to your loved ones. To get it right, you need an estate plan. Estate planning is not just for the rich and famous! Most of us have something of value, such as a home, automobile, or retirement account. If that is true for you, then your family deserves an estate plan. After all, don’t you want to say where your property goes, rather than the government? And there are so many worries that can be eliminated with a properly written estate plan. For example, proper planning can keep your minor or adult children safe from bad decisions, outside influences, creditor problems, and divorcing spouses. So don’t delay. Get peace of mind in 2018 and contact me today for a complimentary family legacy planning meeting. FROM THE DESK OF Ann Badmus
In the United States, Valentine’s Day, the most romantic of holidays, is often referred to by cynical souls as a “Hallmark holiday.” It’s hard to argue with that dismissal when the same pink and red greeting cards line the shelves of every department store. If you’re tired of the same old heart-shaped candies and restaurant reservations, it’s time to bring the romantic spark back to Valentine’s Day. Take a trip around the world and see how other countries celebrate the day of love. DENMARK In the U.S., red roses are the go-to Valentine’s Day flower thanks to their connection to Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love. However, in Denmark, couples are more likely to exchange snowdrops. These lovely white flowers rarely wait for the warmth of spring to bloom, instead pushing right through the snow, which makes them a wonderful symbol of love that triumphs in harsh conditions. Poems are also popular among Danish couples on Valentine’s Day. Called“gækkebrev,” these anonymous poems are romantic or humorous in nature. If the person who received the poem is able to correctly guess the sender, they are rewarded with an Easter egg later that year on Easter Sunday. SOUTH AFRICA Some people tend to wear their hearts on their sleeves, and on Feb. 14 in South Africa, they do so literally. Women, and sometimes men, will write the name of their sweetheart on a piece of paper and pin it to their sleeve. This is inspired by the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was held on Feb. 15. In South Africa, it’s not uncommon to discover you have a secret admirer by seeing your name written on their sleeve. WHATMAKES THE WORLDGOROUND? V alentine ’ s D ay C elebrations F rom A cross the G lobe
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