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Kristen Marks

Kristen Marks
Kristen Marks is an ultrarunner, newbie yogi, attorney, author, speaker, proud wife and mom to two college kids, and the founder of My Pink Lawyer®, Florida Estate & Legacy Planning attorneys. She has been crafting professional estate plans for Florida women and families for over 25 years, making things simple for their loved ones when they're gone and preparing their loved ones for the future.
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COVID, Hurricane Sally...What next?

My Epiphany Over Lunch Last Week

Twenty-Five Years and Still Going Strong

My Experience with COVID-19

And just like that, the kids were gone again!

Dr. Fruitcake and Other Medical Debacles

Are You Ready for a Change?

Pensacola Lawyer Gets a COVID test

Even Global Pandemics Can Have a Silver Lining

Change is a Fact of Life Better to Embrace Than Resist

I Hate it When I realize I'm Not invincible

What Do My Pink Lawyer, Rachael Ray & Adriene Mishler Have in Common?

Feeling a bit verklempt this mother's day which is so unlike me

Keeping You Safe During Your Signing Appointment

Family Game Night With College Kids During Covid 19

Safety Precautions are Confusing But We Can All Still Do Our Part

It's important to be prepared when life throws you a curveball

Running an Ultra While Self-Isolating

FREE Florida Estate Planning Resources for You During Lockdown

Humiliating Myself for Your Viewing Pleasure

Living Like (Or At Least With) College Kids

Extended Hours, Virtual Appointments & Discounted Reservations Fees this Month!

Selling My Body for Fun and Profit

Eureka! I've found the key to a happy, fulfilling life

Sometimes You Have to Look at the Practical Side

I Decided to Stop Futzing Around This Year With My Finances With Two Kids in College

Special New Year's Update From My Mother!

Decluttering May Be My Superpower But I'm Not for Hire!

Don't be caught without these important documents before surgery

Twenty Miles or Bust!

Run Your Own Race

My Mind Almost Gave Up the Ghost But I Made It to the Starting Line On Time

Life is a Choose Your Own Adventure

Meditation Ain't for Sissies

Nothing Like Planning to Spend the Biggest Birthday of Your Life Alone and Hungry

Routines and the Art of Enjoying Your Daily Life

Enough Fiddle Farting Around For These Two Ladies

30 Day Challenge to Simplify Your Life

Warning: Dropping Your Kid Off At College May Have Adverse Effects On Your Health

College Bound and Cavorting in Hot Tubs

Getting My Mindfulness Groove On

Knocking Some Sense Into Myself at the Yoga Studio

If You're Reading This You Woke Up on the Right Side of the Dirt

No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk But That Certainly Didn't Stop Me!

You'll Never Guess What I Discovered About Myself While My Boys Are Away

Easy Four Step Process to Simplify Your Life

Creating Margin in Your Life

Just Say No... another simple solution to creating the life you love

My Nephew's Bar Mitzvah Celebration is a Great Reminder About Why We Legacy Plan

Excuse the Braggadocio But This Is One Proud Mama Bear

What's in YOUR Wallet? (Or Rather, Where Did Your Money Go?)

Parents Just Wanna Have Fun (Too)!

The Cautionary Tale of the Four Legged Chicken

Nothing Like Having Someone Threaten to Eat Your Fingers!

Ready for Some Tough Love?!

Education and Planning Take Many Forms and There's Always More Than One Way to Skin a Cat!

Exciting Changes Coming Soon to My Pink Lawyer!

This Gal May Be An Ultrarunner But She Sure Ain't Made for Pedaling!

Have You Ever Underestimated Yourself?

The One Thing Book Review. 50 Miles or Bust for Me!

Caution: Awesome Mind Hack From an Ultra Trail Runner Contained in this Post

So It's Kind of a Big Deal But Anyone Can Run a 55K if They Want To

I've Just Been Diagnosed with This (Not So Rare) Syndrome

Would You Like a Side of Guacamole With That? Lessons From Working at Tippy's Tacos

10 Simple Tricks That Have Improved My Running (none of which actually include running!)

You Can't Make Everyone Happy in Your Business

"I Ran Her Down Like She Was My Prey"--Another Trail Racing Adventure in the Books

15 Simple Habits That Have Changed My Life

It's Not Too Late to Get Your Financial House in Order (I Hope!)

Did I Ever Tell You About the Time I Stole My Neighbor's Cat?

It Wasn't Pretty But We Saw It Through to the Bitter End

It Seemed Like a Good Idea 11 Months Ago!

Warning! This Blog Post Just Might Motivate You to SLOW DOWN in 2019!

Good News Contained in this Blog Post for You!

Sparking Joy--Does It Offend or Inspire You?

It Was Like Watching Food Porn According to My Husband

Don't Fall Into This Common Planning Trap

More Confessions of a Neurotic Estate Planner

Confessions of an ... Addict

My Secret Style Discovery that Will Have Any Fashionista Drooling Over her Jimmy Choos

Nothing Like a Face Plant to Start Your Day With a Bang

I Hate to Tell You This But the Customer is NOT Always Right

Warning! This Post is About to Burst Your Florida Homestead Bubble!

New Thanksgiving Traditions Forged in the Marks Household

What's Wrong With This Photo? My husband has no idea

Moving May Be a Pain But You Are Missing a Very Important Benefit

Getting Back Up On That (Trail) Horse

Too Many Choices Are No Bueno For this Amiga

I'm Going Down With the Ship, Baby!

Stop Stealing From Your Future Self!

It's Evil How Much I Love to Embarrass My Kiddos

Cheap is the New Expensive But I Will Not Be a Victim this Time

Special Needs Loved Ones Deserve Special Estate Planning Considerations to Preserve Their Benefits

Checklist of Important Papers to Gather Following the Death of a Loved One

Not a Sight You See Everyday. Nor Should You!

I'm Used to Airport Snafus But This One Was a First For Me

A Funny thing at the 50th High School Reunion

Rubbing Elbows With the Hoi Polloi on move In Day

Florida Probate 101 and How to Avoid It

I Hope I Never Have to Yell This at an attacker but you can bet I will be prepared to

Attention Florida Parents of Children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or Another Developmental Disability

It All Works Out in the Wash, Right?

Talk About a Crotch Kick on the 30K Race Course

And So Another Countdown Begins...

They Finally Made It With the Help of the Flying Baggage Handler

Another Embarrassing Confession

My Secret Weapon to Building a Kick Butt Career

Waxing Nostalgic and Thanking My Lucky Stars

Everybody is a Wise Guy When It Comes to Hamburgers and Estate Planning

Another Text, Another Gauntlet Thrown. And So It Begins...

It's a Girl!

My Secret Weapon to Effective Planning That No One Talks About

I Was a Woman on a Mission

It May Be Time to Up Your Game

Don't Call Me Captain Obvious But ...

You Ain't Got No Leave it to Beaver Family

Kate Spade Suicide a Tragedy

This summer project will simplify your closet and your life

This Tiny Detail Trumps Your Will Everytime

Don't Let Yourself Be trapped with your living trust

Musings in the Mind of this Long Distance Runner.

I Bet You Suffer From This Common Ailment and Do Not Even Know It

It's Not Often That I Feel Verklempt But The Royal Wedding Had Me At Hello

Don't Believe this Load of Hogwash We've Been Taught

This Mother is MIA on Mother's Day this Year

Forget Your Feelings. It's Action That Gets You Results.

An Important Lesson from My Big Toe

An Unconventional Mother's Day Planned for This Mama

That's What She Said!

Hangry Shenanigans in our Household this Weekend

This Simple Hack is Helping Me Lose Weight

I'm Learning to Embrace the Discomfort and You Should Too

Apparently My Wardrobe is Sad, Rejected and Out of Sorts

Amber Alert for the Easter Bunny at Our House this Year

Do Not Fall Into My Refrigerator Trap With Your Family Succession Planning

The Best Part of Waking Up Is ... Heading Back to the Office?

Get Off My Lawn, Kid!

What Banana Are You Holding Onto?

The Cat's in the Cradle and the Silver Spoon

Getting My Arse Kicked at Orange Theory

Spring Break Ain't What It Used to Be for Moms

Bet You Didn't Know That I Am An MMA Fight Analyst, Did You?

Accused of Being a Slacker Parent

Practical versus Ideal. The Age Old Question Posed in this Popular Action Thriller.

Another Embarrassing Confession by Yours Truly

My Secret Weapon to a Pain-Free 50K Recovery

2018 Blackwater 50K is in the books!

I Never Claimed to Be Mother of the Year.

I Always Suspected We Were a Little Crazy. This Confirms It.

There's No Crying in the Courtroom, an Embarrassing Confession.

Pensacola Double Bridge Run Does Not Disappoint

You Only Get One Chance to Make a Good FINAL Impression

Ever Come to the Office Hung Over?

My, How My Perspective Has Changed Over the Past Few Months!

I Thought They Said 2.62 Miles!

I'm No Parent of the Year

Some Say They Can Pick Me Out Of An Ass Line-Up

Sometimes Being a Snob is Not So Bad

Empty Nest Syndrome is Tough

Who's the Cosmo Kramer in Your Life?

Over the River and Through the Woods...But Not to Grandmother's House Did I Go

I Did Not Know that I was a healer but just ask my daughter!

My Husband Thinks He Married a Younger Woman!

Want to Hear How Neurotic I Am?

I'm Obviously Committed to Finishing this 50K Because Look What I Am Willing to Give Up to Do It!

I Love Christmas But Hate this Holiday Tradition.12.4.17

Losing a Furry Family Member Stinks, But So Does Dying Without Leaving a Plan for Their Continued Care

Even the Best Laid Plans Can Go Awry

Don't Be a Lemming and Jump off the (proverbial) cliff just because everyone else is doing it!

Wanna Fool Around With Me?

Race Pacing a Friend Sure Ain't for Sissies!

Never Underestimate a Woman on a Mission

Alabama Football, Harry's Bar & Reminiscing in Tuscaloosa

My Family Underestimates My Ability to Screw Up a Recipe

Is an Ivy League Education Worth It?

Just Say No to Fruitcake. A Crazy Confession By My Pink Lawyer.

Travel to a Third World Country With Young Kids and No Plan is a Recipe for Disaster

I Promised Myself I Will Never Do This Again

I Spent My Honeymoon With My Husband's Best Friend!

Destiny is Bullshit

Sleeping Like a Baby in the Most Unexpected Place

Which is Better? Instacart or Legal Zoom

Flying Sure Ain't for Sissies

Why You Should Not Have Your Child on Your Bank Account

Why It's a Terrible Idea to Leave Your Kids' Inheritance to a Trusted Family Member

Why It's a Bad Idea to Add Your Kids to Your Bank Account

Thinking of Cutting out your spouse in your estate plan? Think again

Am I Little Crazy or What? 50K or Bust!

Importance of Powers of Attorney for Young Adult Children: Interview with Rodney & Cindy Daniels

Anxiously checking my Phone While My Child is Away at College

If Mama Ain't Happy...

Two Items Every College Student Must Have

As the Hurricane Bears Down, Being Prepared Brings Great Peace of Mind

The Struggle is Real When You're Trying to Fit Into Your Favorite Pair of Jeans

What is a Florida formal administration probate?

Who's Ready For Some College Football?!

It's All Fun and Games Until The Goat Tramples Your Toddler

It's All Fun & Games Until Maternity Leave is Over

Are Men Inherently "Cheaper" Than Women?

God, I Hate it when my body lets me down

I'm More Amazon Prime than Pinterest

I Raised her to be independent so what the hell is my problem?

This Girl Didn't Get Invited to the "Dance"

Guess What Two Things I "Packed" For My Daughter As She Headed Off to College?

I Thought I'd Be Doing the Happy Dance But Boy, Was I Wrong!

What Makes a Will Legal in Florida?

What Will Be YOUR Legacy this Month?

The Difference Between A Will & Living Trust

The Simplest Ways to Avoid Probate

A Life Lesson in Choices

Creating an Estate Plan is Easier than Packing for Italy!

Ciao, Italy! It Feels Good to be Home!

Beneficiaries, Retirement, Life Insurance, and Probate

Living Trusts Don't always avoid probate

Is Your Estate Plan Current or Behind the Times?

Wills and Probate: Having One Does Not Preclude the Other

The First Bird Leaves the Marks Nest!

Does Clutter Freak You Out as Much as it does me?

Empowered Women plan Early (and Often)

I Can Run Without Pain Again!

DIY to Luxury Service, my journey as a savvy consumer

Many Still Go Hungry in our community but we can help

Countdown to our next College Road Trip

My Teens are learning valuable life lessons

Human Trafficking is Real and It Exists in Pensacola Too

Families in Crisis Find a Home Away from home in pensacola

A Classic Lawyer Love Story

7 Tips to Talk to Your Parents About their Estate Plans

A Classic Lawyer Love Story

Five Kick Butt Time Management Tips

Forget New Year's Resolutions. 7 Helpful Hacks to Getting Your Habits to Stick!

A Sad Tale of a Dad Left to His Own Devices

Easy 7 Step Blueprint to Making Positive Changes in Your Life

Successful, Yet Amazingly Simple, Olympic Formula For Your Family Succession Success

Beware The Next Time You Are Invited To Dinner At My House!

Protect Your Kids In 7 Simple Steps

This Is The Most Important Concept To Understand In Designing And Deploying Your Family Succession Plan

New Florida Law Insurance Companies Hope You Don't Find Out About

Don't Be Like Prince And Fail To Plan Your Estate. Call Your Estate Planner Today To Get Your Affairs In Order.

Like Preparing For A Trail Race, No Estate Plan Is Ever Perfect. Prepare The Best You Can, Put The Plan Into Motion, And Then Readjust Along The Way.

I Feel Like I'm Pregnant Again!

Did I Ever Tell You About The Time I Kidnapped Our Neighbor's Cat?

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