Mind Your Own Business
March, 2023 - Issue #218
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How to Store your Estate Plan
Congratulations! You've created your estate plan. But now you need to protect your documents from damage and prying eyes while being available when needed in the future.
Some attorneys will keep your originals. However, the attorney may charge to store and retrieve documents and your family will need to know how to contact the attorney. If the attorney retires or dies, it is not always clear where those documents will end up.
You may choose to lock your documents up at home. But you will need to make sure that your agents know where they are located and can get access in an emergency.
The best option is to give out digital copies. Email copies of your estate planning documents to your trusted agents and family. Instruct them to keep the email, perhaps in a separate folder. As long as they have access to that email, they can download copies of your estate plan when needed.
As long as one person has a copy, your plan can be carried out. But be aware that if you make changes, you will need to send out those changes as well. They will still need know where the originals are located but there will be less danger of your plan being permanently lost.
Law Attorney Michael Yeager 471-2177

Navigating the Post-breakup Social Space
by Denise Lite, Esq.
Remember when being "Facebook official" was a right of passage in new relationships - a clear, public statement of your togetherness? Divorce often comes with similar social engagement - but this time, of disassociation. Unfriending and even blocking social contacts in an ex's "sphere" is quite common. The waters can get murky, though, when a couple shares children. I've been on the receiving end of many phone calls that start with, "You won't believe what they just posted on Instagram!" For the most part, these calls aren't actionable. While a post might get under your skin, judges aren't too interested in screenshots of your ex and their new partner on vacation.
There are times, though, when socially-mediated behaviors may draw a judge's attention and reflect negatively on your claims for custody. Don't use social media to bad-mouth your ex partner. While you may feel entitled to blame or shame your ex for their actions, public derogatory comments will not help your case in court. In fact, they can be used as evidence of your character and may negatively alter your custody agreement. And please - let's be careful about what kind of content we publicly engage with. Liking and commenting on content that promotes drug use, alcohol abuse, pornography, etc. is never a smart call. What is smart? Be very cautious about what you post yourself. Images of you with alcohol, for example, are dangerous if substance-abuse claims have been made in court. This isn't a comprehensive list - there are plenty of new and unique ways people use social media poorly - but it is a reminder to consider being very strategic about your social media use during custody conflicts.
Denise Lite, Esq. 877-317-8080

Meet the 2023 North American Car of the Year
The 2023 Acura Integra fulfilled high expectations by earning the prestigious 2023 North American Car of the Year award. The next-gen Acura Integra was recognized for its sporty design, engaging driving experience, versatile package and premium features. The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards honor excellence in innovation, design, safety features, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value. Last year marked the relaunch of this iconic car. Originally manufactured from 1985 to 2001, Acura's Integra enjoys a powerful return to Precision Crafted Performance with 200 horsepower and the only available manual transmission in its class. Integra has quickly become the best-selling model in the premium sport compact segment and has the highest percentage of buyers under 35-years old in the class. The Integra is built in Marysville, Ohio, and ready for a test drive now at Valencia Acura.
Valencia Acura 255-3000
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