Elder Care Firm January 2018

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BEGIN THE COUNTDOWN Looking Ahead to 2018

When you have young kids, New Year’s Eve might as well be retitled “Makin’ it Till Midnight.” Our son, Ryan, and daughter, Madison, always begin the evening with every intention of staying up until the clock strikes 12. However, given that they are 7 and 5, respectively, that’s more of a pipe dream than an achievable goal. After all, Rochelle and I aren’t about to put some coffee in their juice boxes!

I also have my own spin on the other big New Year’s tradition: resolutions. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of making resolutions for the sake of the holiday. On the other hand, I’m a proponent of setting goals, so I guess you could say I make resolutions on a rolling basis. I categorize my goals into one of three types: lifetime, three- year, and one-year. When I cross one off, I add another. You might think shooting for lifetime goals is overly lofty or ambitious. But I’ve found that simply making these goals is a healthy exercise in planning. Especially after I became a father, I’ve given thought to the legacy I will leave my family. I assume being an elder care attorney doesn’t hurt in that regard, either. Developing a comprehensive estate plan is often a goal people put off in favor of more immediate needs. I’ve found that the beginning of the year, when you have a generous tank of momentum, is the best time to address the gaps in your estate planning. Even taking the small step to call us and set up a meeting will yield benefits when the goal-setting fuel begins to redline. Once you set a plan in motion, it’s a lot easier to see it through. As you’re thinking about what to accomplish this year, ask yourself how legacy planning fits into your goals. Odds are, it can help you achieve peace of mind. I totally understand that elder care and estate planning are difficult subjects to talk about, and the laws surrounding them can be migraine-inducingly complex. Our team is here to make the process clearer and to guide

“When Rochelle and I sense the kids are starting to get sleepy, we cue up a countdown. This way, they get to experience all the excitement of New Year’s without having to burn any midnight oil.”

you through it. The decisions you make regarding your care and legacy are yours alone, but navigating the world of wills and trusts is a lot easier when you have some support. Set yourself a goal to do some estate planning in 2018. That way, when the ball drops in 2019, you’ll only have to worry about reviewing your plan, rather than creating one. I hope you have a wonderful year!

make even the earliest sleepers partake in a little of the New Year’s festivities. They have a number of themed “New Year’s Eve Countdowns” available to stream well before the real thing. When Rochelle and I sense the kids are starting to get sleepy, we cue up a countdown. This way, they get to experience all the excitement of New Year’s without having to burn any midnight oil. It may be a far cry from the days I spent watching Dick Clark as a kid, but it certainly does the trick. To them, it’s as good as seeing the Times Square ball drop in person.

– Christopher J. Berry

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