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

Kristen Marks

by Kristen Marks

Kristen Marks is a travel enthusiast, empty-nest mom to two young adult children, athlete, attorney, author, speaker, proud wife of almost three decades (to the same wonderful man!), and the founder of My Pink Lawyer®, Florida Estate & Legacy Planning attorneys. Kristen has been crafting professional estate plans for Floridians and their families for over 28 years.

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My husband’s birthday was yesterday. He is now officially on the homestretch of celebrating a half decade on this planet. I’m not far behind him but we won’t talk about that!


I can’t say we did anything super exciting for his actual birthday. We had his family visiting from out of town for over a week and everyone left yesterday morning. It was great to see everyone but I won’t lie. It was also nice to get back into our ole’ routine and clean up the house again.


In the course of our cleaning up, we decided to clean out the refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Purge the old condiments, sauces, and vegetables rotting at the bottom of the produce drawer. Throw out two week old leftovers and groceries bought for the visiting kids that we do not eat.


We filled up two entire trashbags of old food! What a waste, I thought to myself. Unfortunately, this happens about every six months. The refrigerator and pantry becomes overloaded so I clean it out (to make room for a new grocery shop, mind you) and promise myself that I will do better about eating everything I buy before buying new groceries.


Unfortunately, good intentions are just that. Good intentions, not good action. I really need a plan to keep the grocery and pantry items under control. I welcome your suggestions because I really am at a loss to prevent this from happening again.


I may not be very savvy with keeping my refrigerator and pantry clean and organized but I am savvy with keeping one’s Family Succession Planning in order if I do say so myself. We have a proprietary system at My Pink Lawyer® of crafting unique Family Succession Plans that not only meet your planning goals but also saves time, money, and unnecessary court intervention for your family.


But, the key to an effective Family Succession Plan is having a written, current plan that addresses every aspect of your estate planning puzzle: titling of your assets, beneficiary designations, current laws, your unique family dynamics, and special circumstances such as having minor or disabled children or blended families.


I hope you do not fall into the super majority of Americans without a written, comprehensive estate plan. But if you do, we can remedy that situation for you during your Family Succession Strategy Session. These are two hour strategy sessions for Florida residents during which we will custom craft a unique, comprehensive Family Succession Plan to meet the needs of your loved ones.


If you do have a written Family Succession Plan but it has not been reviewed or updated within the last five years, we can review your plan to see what, if any, updates may be necessary at this time to make it current.


You can book your Family Succession Strategy Session online here.


Please do not fall into my refrigerator trap with your Family Succession Planning of having good intentions but no plan of action to keep it clean and organized.


Whereas, other than the waste and my guilt, it is really no big deal in the scheme of life if my refrigerator and pantry gets messy again. After all, I can easily just clean them out again when they get bad.


On the other hand, having no comprehensive, written plan in place to protect your loved ones will have long term (often negative) consequences after you are gone.


Kristen “Suffering From Refrigerator Guilt Once Again” Marks


P.S. I was serious when I welcomed your suggestions to keep your refrigerator and pantry clean. Please leave a comment below if you have a good system for this!

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