Archive for December, 2008

“The Importance of a Will”

lastwill1If you want to decide who receives your property and/or money at your death and who will be the guardian of your minor children if you die, THEN you NEED a WILL!

Regardless of how much money you have, executing a Will ensures that whatever you do own will be distributed to the person or persons of your choosing.  If you die without a Will, then the State where you reside will determine who receives your money and property.

Even more importantly, you NEED a Will if you have minor children.  Without a Will the guardianship of your child(ren) will be handled though an expensive, complicated and possibly emotional court case.  The court will ultimately decide who will be the guardian of your child(ren).  By executing a Will, you can choose who will raise your child(ren), not the courts.

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Once you execute a Will you should review it every coupe of years.  You can revoke or amend your Will at any time.

Greater than 1/2 of Americans do not have a Will.  Do not be one of them.

There are many online companies offering quick and cheap Wills.  However, if you have a size-able or complicated estate you should consult an attorney to make sure your estate is handled in the best manner possible at your death.  Also, to receive the best tax planning you should consult an attorney.

Flickr credits: Isabella Perry (“Last Will & Testament”) and SPAM_King (“Man with Last Will”)

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Daily Yoga Practice

suptakurmasana1My daily ashtanga yoga practice is critical to my well-being. I stumbled over ashtanga yoga at a gym. I fell in love with it the first moment I stepped on my mat. I had tried yoga a couple of times before, but I was not fond of it. I am a gym rat at heart and did not think any other form of fitness would interest me. (“I love the weights“.) Boy was I wrong. I have completely done a 180 and only practice yoga 6 days a week. I have been absent from the gym (i.e., any type of weight training or cardio) for 6+ months. I do intend to go back and balance the two forms of fitness , but for right now I need to continue to develop my flexibility. Basically, I will not return to the gym until I can get both of my legs behind my head like a pretzel (this posture is called supta kurmasana–pictured below)…and believe it or not I am not far out. Let me tell you, when I started practicing yoga suptakurmasana41(around Feb 2007), I could not even touch my toes. All the sports I played during my childhood, multiplied by all the running and weight training does not make for a flexible person. But, to my surprise all that can be counteracted by a dedicated yoga practice. Without yoga I would be an even more stressed attorney, with no release for relaxation. Yoga provides me with a way to slow down and appreciate the moment and time for myself.suptakurmasana31

To read more about ashtanga yoga, I have links on the right side of this blog.

Flickr credits: ryuichinagayamai, govindakais and gbsk

My First Shout Out To The Internets

Sasha-Klein

Hi all,

I am excited to be joining the Internet world and I hope to contribute useful or at least entertaining content. I’m a tax/estate planning attorney obsessed with ashtanga yoga, fitness, and family. Professionally, I work for a boutique 9 attorney law firm in Palm Beach, Florida. We practice all kinds of tax law, we all have post doctorate degrees in tax law, and I specialize in estate planning and transfer tax planning. On this blog, I will be mostly concentrating on estate planning, tax law and my life as an attorney, as well as my love for yoga.

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