Merlino & Gonzalez April 2018

April 2018

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IN A MANOR OF SPEAKING

A VERY SPECIAL EASTER Celebrating With My Father

Joanne and I are in charge of hiding the eggs for the adults. Given that Easter is also April Fools’ Day this year, the pressure will be on to come up with the cleverest hiding spots yet. If you have any ideas, don’t be afraid to let me know. I may not be able to use them this year, but I’ll remember them for later. Mostly, though, I cherish Easter as a time to get everyone together and celebrate. The family gatherings always seem to grow fewer and farther between, so I make sure to enjoy the ones we have. I hope you’re able to spend this Easter with your loved ones, eating some delicious food and maybe going on an egg hunt of your own. It means a lot to me to be able to spend this Easter with my father. When I speak with clients about estate planning, I always bring up the emotional as well as the legal considerations. Not every family may have obvious options to handle legal and medical responsibilities — we’re very lucky in that regard. That said, taking the time to have a plan in place will give you the peace of mind that your loved one’s wishes will be respected. As I’ve learned from personal experience, having a plan in place makes things a whole lot easier.

take a look at my dad and discover two aneurysms. Since the surgery, Dad’s been recovering at a rate that has surprised his family and doctors alike. He’s still sore, but he’s sharp as ever, which gives us plenty to be thankful for this Easter. Not that our family needs much of an excuse to go all out.

The marquee events of the Gonzalez family Easter are the egg hunts. We actually have two: one for the kids and one for the adults. The kid’s version is pretty standard in terms of what you’ll find in the eggs. Some of them have candy; others have a few bucks. The adult hunt,

Happy Easter!

on the other hand, has a unique twist. Inside a few of the eggs are wine corks. If you find a cork, you win a bottle of wine to take home or to enjoy with everyone. I prefer when people choose the latter.

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