Florida Women's Law Group - December 2018

Is Love at First Sight Real?

What Your Eyes Can Tell You About Love

The idea of love at first sight is wonderfully romantic. Two strangers see each other across a crowded room. There’s an instant, magnetic attraction, and suddenly they’ve found their match for all of eternity. In a world in which dating often requires a lot of work — work that comes with disappointment, rejection, and uncertainty — falling in love at first sight has strong appeal. But can it actually happen? Can your eyes tell you anything about love?

of heroic epics and fanciful fairy tales. And evidence has increasingly shown that the human brain is hard-wired to both display and notice visual cues when gazing at a potential love interest. Enlarged pupils are one such cue. When you survey a person or object you are interested in, your brain releases a surge of dopamine — a chemical that controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centers — which causes your pupils to dilate. In this sense, beauty really is “in the eye of the beholder.” In the last decade, researchers have determined that from a romantic and reproductive standpoint, both men and women are attracted to partners with bigger pupils. Studies demonstrate that when women are at their peak fertility, they might subconsciously be more attracted to a person with sizable pupils because it

The connection between the eyes and love has been described in poetry and prose since time immemorial — it’s the stuff


2 Questions You Should Ask Yourself

As 2018 draws to a close, consider reviewing your estate plan, if you haven’t already done so this year. Even if you don’t have any particular changes in mind, it never hurts to examine your documents and keep an eye out for areas you’d like to adjust. This way, you can move into the new year confident that your wishes are up-to-date. As time passes, needs change. Adapting your estate plan to fit new financial or family circumstances is a natural part of the process. When examining your estate plan, begin by asking yourself these two questions. Families grow and change, and so do their needs. Maybe you’ve had a grandchild come into the world and you want to make sure there’s money set aside for their college education. Maybe you were planning on leaving a piece of property to a loved one who no longer lives in-state. Whatever the case, taking the time to make sure your beneficiaries and the assets you plan to leave them match your wishes will save your loved ones plenty of added stress and heartache. IS MY BENEFICIARY INFORMATION ACCURATE?

In some situations, a will can do the job just fine. But in situations where complex assets or the estate tax become a concern, establishing a trust may be a better fit to ensure your estate planning goals are met. An expert Florida estate planning attorney, like the women on our team, can help you understand the options you have available. Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions you may have.


If your finances have changed significantly in the past few years, it can be a good idea to make sure you have the right plan for preserving your assets.

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