Swerdloff Law December 2018


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And Holding Loved Ones Close

Here we are, full swing in the holiday season! I can practically taste the cinnamon in the air, and everywhere I look, buildings blink with glittering decorations. I am looking forward to some turkey, pumpkin pie, and holiday cookies. There are also some fun traditions that go on this time of year. Seeing “The Nutcracker” in L.A. and watching the big Disneyland holiday parade get us in the spirit. The parade especially is quite the sight to see! All those floats and the park going all- out with decorations — it’s incredible, isn’t it? At home, I’ve been getting ready for the holidays by decorating and attending a few festive events, but what I like to focus on the most is family time. But since my family is in New Mexico coordinating their move to Santa Fe, I’m going to stay close to home this year and enjoy a quiet celebration with friends and neighbors. But you can be sure I’ll Facetime with them and see my granddaughter! There’s a lot of work to do, both in the office and at home, but this is a special time of year when we all place extra emphasis on time with loved ones. At the firm, I’m happy to share that we’ve started back up with our Sunset Seminars. Our first one was last month, and we could not have asked for a more spectacular sunset. It was absolutely stunning. As the sun moved below the horizon, the views were unbelievable.

experienced this year. California has had a hard last couple months with the wildfires that ran through our state. Our hearts go out to those who lost homes in the fires. It’s been devastating for families, especially those in the Malibu area. You may remember the feature we did in October on Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson and their efforts to save and rehabilitate turtles and tortoises through their nonprofit, the American Tortoise Rescue. Sadly, their ranch was in an area hit by the fires. They were able to relocate most of their turtles and tortoises and are doing all right, but they are still recovering and in need of our good thoughts. You can find their GoFundMe campaign to rebuild their turtle hospital and equipment on their Facebook page or by visiting GoFundMe. com/turtlestrong-malibu-fire-relief. We wish them and all the other families that have

been affected by the fires all the best as they recover and continue their lives.

Thinking about these hard times is another reminder to hold loved ones close and tell them how much they mean to you. We never know what life brings, but we can enjoy each moment and give thanks for our health, the food on the table, and the friendship and support of our community members. As we celebrate the holidays, let’s take a moment to reflect on a few of the things we are grateful for.

Happy Holidays,

–Arthur J. Swerdloff

While this is a joyful season, it doesn’t mean we forget the heartaches others have


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