HOBBIES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Do you have a hobby? Hobbies can give meaning and purpose to your life in retirement. As Robert Putnam points out in his book, Bowling Alone, it’s easy to discount the importance of hobbies and social engagements. Putnam details the widespread decline in civic engagement, from PTA memberships to neighborhood potlucks and bowling leagues. Over a couple of generations, Americans have misplaced the concept of free time.

SPECIAL PLANS FOR YOUR SPECIAL PEOPLE

Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future.

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WHY WE ENJOY OUR HOBBIES

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.

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WHY NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME TO DO YOUR ESTATE PLANNING

documents in place so loved ones can assist with your finances and health care. That’s why our law firm really stresses the importance of powers-of-attorney. Powers-of-attorney allow you to appoint another person to be your agent for certain purposes. (You can read more about powers-of-attorney on our Website, www.bgelderlaw.com.)


Do your planning, but do it the right way.

While we are all being #healthyathome, some of us may be looking into online estate planning. Many think this is cheaper. This is a buyer-beware and a you-get-what-you-pay-for option. While the idea of doing a fill-in-the-blank form is appealing, it will not only fail to address your specific doubts and concerns, it may provide a false sense of security when it turns out it does not address your actual needs. Estate planning should be done by an attorney who knows how to draft documents and help you determine what documents you need to meet your needs and achieve your goals. It is not uncommon for DIY online wills to need extra attention, time, money and court costs when someone passes away. Talk to an estate planning or elder law attorney and make sure your needs are truly met.


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If we have learned anything during the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, it is that we do not know what the future holds. Uncertainty may create anxiety in your life. Instead of avoiding the unsure future, plan for it. We do not know what tomorrow will bring, but we can prepare by having proper estate planning, including last will and testaments, living wills, trusts and powers-of-attorney.


Planning will help ease your anxiety.

Planning for the future and feeling you are taking control of an uncontrollable situation can help ease anxiety. The current worldwide crisis has caused anxiety and panic all over the world. One thing that is giving people peace of mind is finally doing their estate planning. After clients sign their documents, they generally feel a burden has been lifted.


You may not even have to leave your house.

Whether it is through a phone call, Skype, Zoom or FaceTime, attorneys are still meeting with clients to address any estate planning needs and concerns. Additionally, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has authorized virtual notarization while we are under a state of emergency, so document signings are possible without any in-person contact.


Documents will be  there if needed.

If you fall ill during the pandemic or at another time, you will have