Cronin Law Firm - February/March 2020

THE LITTLE RED WAGON A Way to Protect What Matters to You

Remember the little red wagons we used to pull behind us when we were kids? We could put whatever we wanted into our wagon, take anything out, and decide where it went and who could use its contents. If you think about it, a living trust is a lot like a little red wagon. If you have a living trust set up properly, it can carry everything important to you: your house, investments, bank accounts, vacation homes, life insurance, and whatever else you own. As you move throughout life, you carry all this with you in your wagon and add or take anything out as you need to. You get to decide who controls the wagon and whom the contents go to. Attached to the handle of your wagon will be a book of instructions, known as your estate plan. The instructions, or your estate plan, will tell everyone, including the courts, who can pick up the handle to pull the wagon, who is permitted to put things inside, what is permitted to come out of the wagon, and who will benefit from your stuff and when. With proper estate planning, you can appoint someone to take the handle to your wagon in a private manner. The courts do not need to be involved at all. If you pass away, the executor of your will or your successor trustee can pick up the handle to your wagon. Wouldn’t it be so much better if you could walk around the playground of life with a lighter load, knowing you and everything you value will be taken care of the way you want it to? The only way to ensure this is to CRONIN IN THE COMMUNI TY

work with an attorney to create your estate plan. If you become disabled, incapacitated, or pass away, your belongings will stay safely tucked away in your little red wagon. Instead of waiting for something to happen to you and having everything inside your red wagon end up in the hands of the state in probate court, see to it that your rules and instructions are in place through proper estate planning. We can help you figure out how best to create an estate plan that honors your needs and wishes and those of your loved ones.

A RESOURCE TO GUIDE YOU:

Our Estate Planning Workshops

Join our attorneys Hugh Woodrow and Samantha Faulkner as they cover estates, trusts, powers of attorney, and other relevant estate planning topics. Workshops are free, but seating is limited, so please call our firm to register.

UPCOMING DATES: Feb. 27

March 30 12–2 p.m. April 11 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

12–2 p.m. March 19 6–8 p.m.

EASY SHRIMP SCAMPI

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1 tbsp minced garlic

1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

Each month and throughout the year, we look for ways to give back and further the causes of organizations whose missions we admire and share. Last month, we had the honor of sponsoring the Made For More Event, an uplifting, faith-filled day geared toward teens and women of all ages. This event is put on by the Good Girl Comeback, a nonprofit that empowers teens to set goals that build confidence, kindness, and personal fulfillment. We were honored to sponsor such an uplifting and inspiring event that contributes positively to our community.

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1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 cup dry white wine 1/4 cup lemon juice 8 oz cooked linguine

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4 tbsp butter 4 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup parsley

DIRECTIONS 1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp of butter with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes. 2. Add shrimp and oregano, stirring frequently until shrimp is pink. Remove shrimp from skillet. 3. Add wine and lemon juice to skillet and bring the mixture to a boil. 4. Stir in remaining butter and olive oil and cook until butter is melted. 5. Add cooked shrimp to skillet and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. 6. In a serving bowl, top cooked linguine with shrimp mixture. Garnish with parsley and serve.

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