It’s about this time we start thinking about our resolutions for the New Year. ABC News in Chicago put out a top 5 list of the most common resolutions in Chicago, they are:
1. Enjoy life to the fullest
2. Live a healthier lifestyle
3. Lose weight
4. Spend more time with family and friends
5. Save more, spend less
According to the Nielsen Corporation (A.K.A. “the T.V. rating guys”) Chicago is in line with the rest of America. The Nielsen top 5:
1. Staying fit/healthy 36%
2. Losing weight 32%
3. Spend less / Save more 29%
4. Enjoy life to the fullest 27%
5. Spend more time with family 20%
Many New Year’s resolutions are busted by the second week of January and fewer than half see the end of February.
But, there is one resolution which is easy
to make and even easier to keep –
Set up your Estate Plan
Why is this resolution so easy to make? Because there is very little you have to do. Unlike trying to stay fit, you don’t have to go to the gym 3-5 times week. Unlike losing weight, you don’t have to eat foods with less flavor. And, this will help you save money in the long run, it will help you to live life to the fullest, and it will give you time to spend with your family.
Why is this resolution so easy to keep? Because, your attorney will do most of the work for you leaving you time to do other things. Hours of drafting, organizing, utilizing current law, and preparing the paperwork is out of your hands. Let your attorney handle all of that – what could be easier?
Most important, why is NOW the time to do it? Because, the end of the year is when our employers send out our W-2 in anticipation of filling out and filing our taxes. And, with tax season coming up, you also get to be one step ahead of the game by already have your financial information together and organized.