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|Posted on September 1, 2022 at 3:15 PM||comments (167)|
Having enjoyed my vacation a bit too much, I decided I needed some exercise.
Unfortunately, once my mind is set on a goal, I sometimes have a difficult time changing paths, as do we all, from time to time.
For instance, on a recent bike ride, admittedly there were signs that indicated I should turn around and go home.
Maybe I should have heeded the warnings, such as when someone started driving their car in the actual bicycle lane with me in it or when my shoelace became caught in the bike gears. Yes, both things actually did happen!
Likewise, as clouds started forming quickly, perhaps you would have thought that a good time to get to a safe place.
However, you do realize that I am a very determined individual, yes?
Only when thunder rumbled and a deluge of water hit my head, did I finally stop and assess my situation.
Why had I not called for help at the first indication of impending rain? Sought shelter before the rain poured down? Changed direction when I still could?
Many of us often do not appreciate our situation, whether financial, legal or medical, until some external factor forces us to do so.
As a probate attorney, I often hear that clients had intended to address estate planning issues in their lifetime but never got around to it. Not facing reality is easier sometimes until, unfortunately, we have no choice whatsoever about that issue. Ignoring the signs of what is happening around us becomes a battle of wills, with most of us preferring to not take control or face an unpleasant situation.
Unfortunately, limiting our options rarely turns out to be a satisfactory decision for anyone.
A colleague recently retained me indicating that he wanted to arrange for all four of his children to sign in my office several basic estate-planning documents, such as a Durable Power of Attorney, Pre-Need Designation of Guardianship and HIPAA, now that each child was over 18 years old.
When I raised the topic of Living Wills and Health Care Surrogate Designation, he adamantly said “no”, and could not discuss the possibility that any of his children (or himself) would ever be diagnosed in a permanent vegetative condition. I was amazed! Here sat in front of me, an educated, worldly and highly intelligent individual, who handled many different legal complexities but could not bring himself to discuss a very real, albeit depressing, situation.
Just like you carry an umbrella, a bottle of water, and a cellphone in case of emergency, taking care of yourself must be a priority, not an after-thought.
Don’t Let Your Fears Become Bigger than You and leave you without options.
Remember, Before Your Troubles Hit the Fan, Please Make Sure to Create Your Estate Plan!
|Posted on August 3, 2022 at 11:10 AM||comments (431)|
Tips to Protect You from Fraud!
If you’re purchasing a new home in Palm Beach County – whether it’s your first time, upgrading or downsizing –please protect yourself from possible fraud!!
Florida is not only one of the hottest housing markets in the country but it is also one of the areas most impacted by fraudulent activity!
Here are some suggestions to consider as you settle into your new home:
Tip #1: SIGN UP FOR PROPERTY FRAUD ALERTS.
Once you unpack a few essentials, take the first step to protect what is likely your greatest financial asset by registering at: https://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/services/property-fraud-alert
This site helps monitor your name (and include your spouse or anyone else whose name may appear on the deed) in the Clerk of Court’s Official Records system. This way, whenever a document is recorded in Palm Beach County, you will receive an alert within 48 hours, detailing what was recorded.
Staying vigilant is crucial and signing up is simple: Just register with an email address and the Clerk of Court will handle the rest!
Tip #2: DON’T OVERPAY FOR A COPY OF YOUR DEED
Upon recording a deed, many homeowners then receive a very official-looking notice, which states that by paying $89 for their services, you can get copies of records of your property deed and/or other property records.
However, all of these documents can be retrieved and viewed for absolutely no cost whatsoever!!
Not computer-savvy? Hard-copies are available from the Clerk of Court at only $1 per page!
Tip #3: KNOW YOUR PROPERTY’S VALUE
Every August, the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser notifies taxpayers of their property’s assessed and market values.
If you have a legitimate and reasonable belief that the assessment, classification or exemption status for your property is not accurate, you may (and should) file a Petition with the Value Adjustment Board at https://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/departments/value-adjustment-board.
Being Educated, Prudent and Vigilant will all help prevent you from becoming a Victim of Exploitative Predators!
Most important, Congratulations on you on your new home and Welcome to Paradise!
Remember: BEFORE Your Troubles Hit the Fan, Please Create Your Estate Plan!!!
|Posted on June 4, 2020 at 12:10 PM||comments (10114)|
Nearly every Friday I write a post, wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom, a peaceful weekend. Not this Friday, not after seeing such hurt unfold around us. In spite of the Beautiful Weather, the thrill & miracle of the successful SpaceX rocket launch, the outpouring of love & support over our sons' Graduations and our youngest's 18th birthday, a Very Dismal cloud cast a long shadow over our Celebrations. In a year of so many global tragedies and natural disasters from wildfires, airplane crashes, earthquakes, flooding, giant murdering insects and a pandemic, my Heart absolutely Aches over the one we created for ourselves.
The irony doesn't escape me that only a short while ago, Jews celebrated the holiday of Passover, a reminder to appreciate Freedom from Tyranny, a Renewal of Faith. Just this past week, we celebrated the holiday of Shavuot, not only when the 10 Commandments were given, but also a time, a distinction not to be forgotten, when we accepted these principles by which to lead our lives. The same beliefs that have been widely espoused through the centuries, the foundation of Christianity and Islam, as well. As an attorney, the genesis of the Rule of Law fascinates me, forming the structure of all my personal and professional endeavors.
Nonetheless, injustices, large and small, prevail. Anger, Frustration and Fear rule our actions, rather than Kindness, Forgiveness and Generosity of spirit. I am very much as guilty of this as anyone, losing my temper and patience way too often, nearly every day. The consequences of my interactions may not be as impactful and publicized as recent news. However, doesn't even a minimal amount of negativity and judgement contribute to the ripple effect of the hate and violence in our community?
Political, racial, economic and other differences of thought so miserably divide our country. We judge others on not isolating themselves enough, quarantining too much, standing too far or hugging others publically. All Republicans are idiots. All Democrats hold bleeding hearts. How can issues of racial & economic discrimination be resolved when we are intent on perpetuating conflict and discord?
This also extends to acceptance of ourselves and our own shortcomings, which must be as highly valued as extending it to others. As we each decry the travesties around us, before we point fingers at others, my own hope is to remember that disharmony begins within ourselves, in every situation. This remains a personal goal I often fail to reach and yet I keep trying to achieve. Wishing each of us a safe journey, filled with inner and external peace. Shavuah Tov, hopes for an inspired week!
|Posted on June 4, 2020 at 11:20 AM||comments (522)|
Can you imagine going through all of this craziness and not being able to read about it?!?
Thank you so much to the Palm Beach Bar, Brad Avakian, and Kristin Calder for providing a wonderful opportunity (and distraction!!) to help others in a non-virus related way. I read and gently critiqued essays written by adults wanting to improve their level of literacy. The best part?
The topic for each paper focused on Super Powers and which one the writer would pick, if given a choice. The responses were so imaginative & heart-warming. Beyond grateful to participate!! LiteracyPBC.org ❤️
|Posted on April 30, 2020 at 10:28 AM||comments (432)|
|Posted on April 24, 2020 at 9:04 AM||comments (455)|
From Lesley Shriberg, PBSO:
Please read the below message from Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people out there just ready to take advantage of people in our community.
The very best way to NOT get scammed is to follow the below advice. Stay strong, safe and well.
We are always here to assist you!
|Posted on April 2, 2020 at 3:33 PM||comments (2762)|