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Although smoking is certainly a contributing factor, the reality is that anyone can be exposed to second-hand smoke or other toxins, as well as have a family history of lung cancer, which can also trigger the disease. “You do not have to be a smoker in order to develop lung cancer, and it should be a major concern for everyone,” Dr. Bastos said.

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any of us take a moment to sit back and give thanks during November. At Our City Media, we have something special to be thankful for, our eighth magazine, Our City Fort Lauderdale, was launched this month! Our City Fort Lauderdale is just like this magazine – full of local community and school news stories and delivered to our readers’ mailboxes every month. We are proud that Our City Magazines are a little bit different than other magazines you might receive. We are deliberately and specifically a local magazine and strive to be your source for community and school news. We are also quite proud of our positive voice. Don’t look in these pages for gotcha journalism, crime blotters or divisive political exposés. You won’t find them. However, do look for uplifting stories such as the incredible, selfless acts our neighbors performed before, during and after the recent hurricanes. You also might find pictures of a cute little puppy or a group of students competing in a science fair. In this time of Thanksgiving, we are thankful for the wonderful group of people we work with, the incredible communities we serve, and the hard-working local businesses and advertising partners that make publishing this magazine possible.

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24 Miramar High School has a new Director of Bands! Welcome Emmanuel Rodriguez!

FEATURE STORY 19 Primary Care Physicians of Florida Birngs Healthcare to the Community with House Calls & Free Transportation

14 CALENDAR 10 November, 2017

COMMUNITY NEWS 12 Volunteers Help Bring the Miramar Community Garden Back to Life! 14 Miramar First Responders and Military Support Each Other through Lutz Buddy Up! 14 Miramar Kiwanis Hosts Horses & Handicapped Event 16 Arc Broward Direct Support Professionals Show Commitment During Irma

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BRAIN GAMES 22 Crossword

SCHOOL NEWS 26 Glades Middle School Proud of Cougar Path Cambridge Academy

EYE CARE 28 What Is A Cataract?

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

LEGALLY SPEAKING 35 Talking About Death

PET OF THE MONTH 36 Miki

30 Miramar Cleans Up Quickly

SEEN ON SCENE 34 Snapshots from around town

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PHOTO OF THE MONTH 37 Wolrds Most Famous Magazine



CALENDAR NOVEMBER 2017

4th Rhythms in Conversation Percussion Workshop – Participants learn percussion techniques that form the bedrock of contemporary music. This is a FREE community interactive workshop for students ages 11 and up. 11:00 am-12:30 pm at the Miramar Youth Enrichment Center, 7000 Miramar Parkway. For more information, call the Arts and Education Department at 954-602-4519.

endured. Performed at the Miramar Cultural Center Theater for student grade levels 6 through 12, starting at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm. $6 per student.

11th Veteran’s Day Ceremony & Celebration – Honoring Our Country’s Veterans past and present, please join for a presentation of the colors, guest speakers and a patriotic musical performance by the Everglades High School Gator Band. Light refreshments will be served. Held at the Veteran’s Memorial Park, on SW 64th Avenue & 33rd Street from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. FREE to attend. For more information please call 954-602-3325.

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18th Puppy Palooza – 10:00 am – noon at Town Center Plaza, 2300 Civic Center Place. For more information please call 954-602-3319. FREE! Adult Coloring Book Club – Join other like-minded adults and enjoy this calming and meditative exercise. Coloring books and colored pencils are provided. At the Miramar Library from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, registration is required. Please call 954-357-8180. Friends of the Miramar Library Membership Meeting – Discussion of library events and advocacy. Open to the public. At the Miramar Library from 11:00 am-1:30 pm. Gain the Upper Hand with Your iPad! Advanced iOS 10 – In this course you will learn how to use advanced apps for your iPad. Please bring your own iPad, fully charged. Seating is limited. No Pre-Registration. Held at the Miramar Library from 10:30 am-12:30 pm.

4th, 18th Try Your Hand at iPad! Basic iOS 10 – Learn the basic tricks and techniques for using your iPad. Please bring your own iPad fully charged. Seating is limited. No Pre-Registration. Held at the Miramar Library from 10:30 am-12:30 pm.

7th Miramar Community Garden General Meeting – Come share knowledge and good times with the members of the Miramar Community Garden. This meeting is open to the public. Held from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at the Fairway Community Building (behind front building), 3700 Largo Drive, Miramar.

9th Black Angels Over Tuskegee Educational Performance – Written by Layon Gray, this tells the true story of the six Tuskegee Airmen, who embarked upon a journey to become pilots in the US Army Air Force. Winner of the NAACP Award for “Best Ensemble,” it is a powerful and moving off-Broadway play about real life World War II heroes and the prejudices they

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14th, 28th Reading Comprehension “Think Alouds” – Children will understand reading comprehension strategies better when an instructor uses “Think Alouds,” which model the thought processes aloud so that children can use the same strategies to comprehend what they read. Held at the Miramar Library. Ages 8-13. 5:00 pm-5:45 pm.

17th 19th Annual Golf Tournament – Benefiting Miramar Police Athletics League. Test your skills in our longest drive, closest to the pin and hole-inone contests! Complimentary Awards Banquet to all sponsors and players following the tournament. Sponsored by the Miramar Police Department and the City of Miramar. Bonaventure Golf Club, 200 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston; registration begins at 11:00 am. For information about signing up your foursome or for sponsorship opportunities, please email aelee@

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Volunteer Day at the Miramar Community Garden – Have fun while getting rewarding physical activity, fresh air, and improve our neighborhood. Volunteers are needed for this monthly project. Stay hydrated; bring your own water. Also bring your gardening tools, if possible. Dress appropriately and protect yourself from the sun! Held the 3rd Saturday of each month. Join us at the Miramar Community Garden located at 3700 Largo Drive, Miramar from 8:00 am-10:30 am. Volunteers under 16-years of age must be accompanied by a parent. Register at Hands on Broward (HOB) site and bring a completed liability form (required by the city) to event. Forms available at HOB link.

25th Pasargad Group presents “AREF” – A distinguished Iranian singer and actor, Aref, born in 1941, became known as the “Sultan of Hearts” as well as the “Legend of Pop” in Iran. In the 1960s, Aref introduced a new wave of romantic style to Persian music. The performance will be held at the Miramar Cultural Center Theater from 8:30 pm-11:30 pm and tickets range in price from $61 to $98. To buy tickets, check www.miramarculturalcenter.org/Calendar.

27th Relax with Hatha Yoga – This is an “all levels” Hatha Yoga class with breathing, balance, strength, and stretching exercises followed by guided relaxation and meditation. Please bring water and a big towel or a yoga mat. Also bring any exercise straps or blocks if you have them. Do not eat a heavy meal at least 2-3 hours before the class. At the Miramar Library, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm.

29th U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – Immigration Officers from the USCIS Hialeah Field Office will visit the Miramar Library from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm to give you general information and to provide any forms you may need.

Ongoing Tween Wii Gaming Fun! – Ages 8-12. Held at Miramar Library Wednesdays, 5:00 pm-5:45 pm. Rhythm Learning Time – Come listen, play and sing while developing a lifelong love for music. Children will develop language, social, emotional and physical skills in a fun way. Ages 4 and under. Held at Miramar Library Fridays, 11:00am-11:45am.


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Volunteers Help Bring the Miramar Community Garden Back to Life! COMMUNITY NEWS

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n September 23rd Elsi Rose Rose, the City’s guardian of the Miramar Community Garden, began her day at the garden just a bit disappointed. After announcing the volunteer cleanup opportunity at Hands On Broward (HOB) website, the first person to arrive that morning was one young girl. But it didn’t dampen her spirits. Then one by one, people began to arrive. Suddenly, a group of six strong students came on the scene and her hopes were high! As posted on the HOB site, the requirements / requests were noted: ▸▸ To participate in the workday please complete and sign a waiver. The waiver is available on the HOB website. ▸▸ Please bring gardening tools, if possible; remember to dress appropriately. Protect yourself from the sun, and don’t forget drinking water! Volunteers under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent - community service hours are available! ▸▸ Please be at the garden at 8am.

They held the workday on that Saturday from 8-11 am. They needed all the help they could as Irma left the garden a bit upside-down … but nothing they couldn’t repair with TLC and helping hands. Again, on the October workday, the Alpha Eta Rho team from Florida Memorial University came to the rescue. The MCG, once disheveled by Hurricane Irma, is back in order. Butterflies and caterpillars have returned to the Miramar Community Garden. As they say, “A picture is worth 1000 words.” Contributing families and students, under Elsi’s and members’ guidance, prevailed! The Miramar Community Garden hosts open volunteer days on most 3rd Saturdays of the month. Those interested in participating can sign up through Hands On Broward at: https://handsonbroward.org/#/.

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Miramar First Responders and Military Support Each Other through Lutz Buddy Up! BY HELEN PENLAND

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utz Buddy Up Social Club is one of several successful Now in its fourth year, membership has grown to more than initiatives developed by the LCpl Janos V Lutz Live To Tell 500 in Broward and Miami-Dade. Members receive training, Foundation. According to founder, Janine Lutz, its mission certifications, even discounts at local businesses. is “To improve the lives of military and first responders with The organization provides a physical place where those supportive services, access to local resources, and buildwho serve country and community form bonds that can carry ing community.” Working toward achieving this mission, the forward for the rest of their lives. Here, they promote peer supprogram began here in South Florida and their efforts are now port, community building, and overall well-being. Presently the recognized internationally. club meets at the Davie Women’s Club. However, Ms. Lutz said Although Lutz Buddy Up began as a veterans-only group they are looking for a permanent facility where they can hold to combat the high suicide rate from Post-Traumatic Stress their events, provide counseling for members and families, Disorder, it has truly evolved. The social club grew into an and eventually daycare. all-inclusive military and first responders social club that conMiramar First Responders have helped organize and nects them locally. There are no applications, fees, or dues for attended: any of the nation’s protectors to join. Mindfulness Workshop: Miramar Fire worked in partnerThe City of Miramar Fire and Police departments became ship with Lutz to facilitate a workshop with expert speaker Gus involved with the organization this year. Participants have Castellanos MD, retired neurologist. He provided training and been instrumental in expanding Buddy Up programs and knowledge about the Evidence Based Practice, Mindfulness, Mindfulness Workshop services to first responders throughout the area. They take a that enhances resiliency and performance under stressful at Miramar Fire Station proactive approach to building community and strengthening conditions. the well-being of military first responders living in the City of Miramar. A Stronger Better You: Expert speaker Dr. Brian Clement, PhD, LN, Director of The club meets to connect first responders and members of the military. Peers Hippocrates Health Institute gave a presentation about Strengthening your Mind, work with each other to help better themselves. Participants have access to all Body, and Soul. Miramar Fire was in attendance for this event and was the stepmonthly Buddy Up gatherings, accountability partners, health and wellness activiping stone to partnering for the Mindfulness Workshop. ties, and family-strengthening events. The monthly get-togethers are evenings Miramar First Responders also worked with creating positive & empowering of comradery, food, and fun in an organized and substance-free environment. imagery for social media, PSAs, and Lutz Buddy Up marketing campaigns. They Relationships between military and first responders have strengthened and are even featured on “Tank 0311” the foundation’s cargo van. resulted in de-escalation of crisis situations with suicidal veterans. There have For more information about Lutz Buddy Up program, please go been no fatalities from suicide during participation in the program with two-year to their website at www.LutzLiveToTell.org. post involvement.

Miramar Kiwanis Hosts Horses & Handicapped Event BY HELEN PENLAND

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hroughout the months of October and April, Miramar Pembroke Pines Kiwanis Club participates in the Kiwanis Horses & Handicapped program. It is a rare, unique, equineassisted physical therapy program for children and young adults with physical or mental challenges. The therapy is provided free of charge to all participants and their families. Funding comes through the Kiwanis Clubs’ fundraising efforts, and includes all Kiwanis clubs in South Broward. Miramar Pembroke Pines Kiwanis Club is hosting the riding date on November 18th.

More About the Program

Founded in 1979, Kiwanis Horses and Handicapped, Inc. has developed into the leading equine therapeutic riding program it is today. During its 38 years in existence it has grown tremendously. Presently all Kiwanis Clubs in Broward and Dade Counties participate and serve about 60 riders. Children must have permission from their primary attending doctor to participate. Registered physical therapists work with each riding instructor and set realistic goals for individual riders.

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When the riders are no longer restricted by the confines of their braces and wheelchairs, amazing things happen. They “take to the saddle” and suddenly they are in control experiencing a sense of independence they rarely feel! Together with the friendly, warm companion horse they mount, it nurtures their self-esteem.

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The horse is not just a clinical aid. It becomes a friend. Most importantly, it helps give them the strength and resolute to move through their daily trials. It’s been proven that riding therapy has positive effects on many physical and mental disabilities. The website (http://kiwanishorses.org/) lists several, including but not limited to: Autism, Amputees, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Mental Impairments, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, Visual and Hearing Impairments. Riders in the program often experience increased balance, coordination, muscle tone, improved attention span, improvement in self-esteem, and more.

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Volunteers are at the core and the pillar for this program to succeed. Each rider must be accompanied by volunteers; there is one on each side (or “sidewalk”) of the horse and participant and another to lead. At times, a participant requires a fourth volunteer to ride with them. Most volunteers are from Kiwanis clubs, local high schools and colleges, and the local community. Generally, a class of six riders requires at least 18 volunteers, three or four for each participant. The club is open to additional volunteers for November 18th. Contact Angie Font at kiwanismpp@gmail.com or call 786-2828600. The address is 5050 SW 73 Ave. They ride from 8:30 to Noon.


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Miramar High School has a new Director of Bands! Welcome Emmanuel Rodriguez!

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shine in multiple areas: leadership, service, scholarship. At the same time, the agenda encourages them “to develop their unique gifts as global scholars.” According to their website, the program’s vision is: “To develop students who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative, and engaged learners that understand global issues with multiple perspectives.” Cambridge schools offer a much wider range of courses to help students become extremely constructive contributors to society in their future lives. Every course in the curriculum continually connects the classes taught and issues that surround them. Classes include Science, English, and Social Studies. All students living in a zoned area for Glades Middle School are eligible. To be considered for the program, though, there are strict qualifications required. ▸▸ Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) score of 80 percent in both math and reading ▸▸ Received an “A” or “B” in all classes during the year of application ▸▸ Exhibit excellent citizenship ▸▸ Received high recommendations from their existing teachers in Science, English, and Social Studies ▸▸ Made a passing score on the entrance writing valuation Upon acceptance to the program, all participating members are expected to

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maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. There are several additional distinctions from other programs. The Cougar Path Cambridge Academy encourages its students to develop disciplined thinking in a rational yet open-minded manner, informed by evidence. It also supports global citizenship as well as promoting the importance of 21st century skills. The CPCA course of study is supplemented throughout the year with diverse field trips selected to increase students’ depth of knowledge. For more details about the program, contact Mr. Mark Henderson at the school by calling 754-323-4600. You may also email mark.henderson@browardschools.com.


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ataracts are the leading cause of decreased vision in adults older than 65. It is the most common surgical procedure for elderly people. You can still get an “age-related” cataract when you are in your 40s or 50s, although most likely it will be small and not rob you of your vision. Only 15 percent of people are affected with cataracts by age 55, but this figure jumps to 50 percent by age 75, and 90 percent by age 85. It is important to note, however, that cataracts worsen over time … so it’s never too late-or early-to try to prevent them and/or treat them.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is an opaque spot on the lens of the eye that you can’t see through. The lens lies behind the iris and the pupil, and works like a camera lens. It focuses light onto the retina at the back of the eye, where an image is recorded. The lens also adjusts the eye’s focus, which allows you to see things clearly, both up close and far away. The lens is made of mostly water and protein. But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract. Over time, the cataract may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see. The haze can vary in size, density, and location, which means its effect on your vision will also vary. At first, many people experience an overall reduction in their vision. They may need more light to read by or may have difficulty reading street signs while driving. A cataract can also affect depth perception, which is particularly dangerous for the elderly, who are more prone to falling.

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▸▸ Free radicals - natural by products of metabolism - are highly reactive chemicals that cause oxidation, which in turn causes aging. ▸▸ Toxins, pharmaceutical drugs, and smoking ▸▸ Diabetes (high levels of sugar in the blood contribute to cataract formation, so it’s not surprising that diabetics are 3-4 times more likely to have cataracts) ▸▸ The protein in the lens changes from the wear and tear it takes over the years, and hardens and loses its ability to focus.

Treatment of cataracts

Cataracts can only be treated surgically. This procedure would be performed by an Ophthalmologist, and is often an outpatient procedure. The surgery often involves placement of intraocular lens (IOL), which is used to replace the eyes natural lens, which is removed in the cataract surgery. Glasses may be required for far/near correction following the procedure, depending on the type IOL used and the surgical outcome. The pre- and post-surgical care of the cataract patient may be and often is provided by an Optometrist. Dr. Michael Chesen can assist patients in finding the appropriate Ophthalmologist for their care and can be reached at 954-437-9733. The office is located at 2909 Dykes Rd., in the Fountains of Miramar Shopping Plaza.


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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

Miramar Cleans Up Quickly BY WAYNE M. MESSAM, MAYOR OF MIRAMAR

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he city of Miramar survived another hurricane and we have a lot to be thankful for; our fellow citizens in Texas and Puerto Rico were not as fortunate. Despite not experiencing much structural damage in our city, Irma did cause significant vegetative damage and an estimate of 400,000 cubic yards of debris to be cleaned up. Our city rallied together to begin the long process of restoring our properties and infrastructure. Despite having to remove trees and damaged fences, the residents of Miramar didn’t allow the storm to hinder their sprits. All over our city I witnessed neighbors helping neighbors in the wake of destruction. Observing the post-Irma clean up initiatives amongst neighbors and good Samaritans showcased the amazing community unity that exists right here in Miramar. Our first responders, public works and utilities employees quickly cleared our streets and Miramar was able to resume normal transit activity despite the aftermath of Irma. Now, that our roads are cleared and power has been restored, Miramar continues our efforts to collect the massive amounts of debris that was left behind. Despite the market challenges to secure haulers due to the high demand caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in four states, Miramar has removed debris from over one third of our zones and will work dawn to dusk until it is all gone. We have learned many lessons in this unprecedented hurricane season and together Miramar is well on our way to normalcy. I use this opportunity to remind residents that we are still in hurricane season and to fine tune your hurricane plans just as the City will continue to fine tune ours. For more ways to stay up to date with the post-Irma clean up initiatives and services happening here in Miramar, please visit the Alert Center housed on the City of Miramar webpage. The alert center allows you to view all alerts and emergencies in your area. You can also check the site to view any upcoming city events! Yours in Service,

Mayor Wayne Messam The Office of the Commission is located at 2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar 33025. To contact please call, 954-602-3198 or visit www.miramarfl.gov.

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THE DONOWAY CENTER NEW HOPE FOR ADVANCED PANCREATIC AND LIVER CANCER PATIENTS Patient’s once diagnosed with locally advanced Pancreatic and Liver Cancers were given little hope and often offered limited treatment options all with certain short life expectancies despite the treatment they were receiving. However, a new procedure called Irreversible Electroporation, also known as IRE or NANO-KNIFE for short, has changed all that. Patients are seeing a doubling and tripling of their life expectancies based on recently published reports. Though currently used in patients with known locally advanced disease it has now found its place in the operating room and used when patients are “unexpectedly” found to have more advanced disease than pre-operative imaging shows.

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Dr. Robert Donoway, a surgical oncologist trained at SloanKettering, is the only surgeon performing these procedures. During the procedure, in the operating room, after it has been determined that the patient’s tumor is non-resectable, fine needle probes are placed through the tumor using ultrasound guidance to ensure there is no injury to critical structures such as the Bile Ducts and Portal Vein. High voltage current up to 3000 volts is delivered through the probes in 90 microsecond pulses synchronized with the patient’s heart rhythm to avoid any cardiac problems. The procedure lasts between 1 & 2 hours using imaging to follow the ablative process. After the procedure is completed the probes are removed and the patient is taken to ICU step down for a 24-hour observation period. Most patients are discharged in 2 or 3 days following surgery and because there is no major surgery to recover from they are able to start postoperative neo-adjuvant type chemotherapy and radiation sooner. After 3 to 6 months of combination treatment patients are re-evaluated and restaged. A number have been converted to Resection candidates, which is still deemed the standard of care. Preliminary results have been very encouraging and have more than doubled many patients' life expectancy. Clinical trials are ongoing to use new novel agents including monoclonal antibodies and vaccines as the next line of treatment in this highly selected & heavily pre-treated group. Dr. Donoway is the only surgeon performing this procedure in Florida. For more information about Dr. Donoway visit www.AtlasOncology.com

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The Arc Broward Culinary and Tech initiatives are back in business after Hurricane Irma. Arc Broward Culinary returns to preparing over 500 meals per day and Arc Broward Tech reopened their training classes shortly after restoration of electricity. Full article is on page 16.

MIRAMAR COMMUNITY GARDEN VOLUNTEERS REBUILD AFTER IRMA

FEEDING SOUTH FLORIDA

City of Miramar team from Community & Economic Development (CED) was represented well by this tremendous team who volunteered to go through non-perishables for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. For those interested in volunteering at the Feeding South Florida Food check https:// feedingsouthflorida.org/.

Elsi Rose was extremely happy as volunteers came in on September 23rd and on Volunteer Day in October to restore the Miramar Community Garden. There were families, college students, and other community members willing to help! Read the story on page 12.

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Miramar Pembroke Pines Kiwanis Club hosts the riding day on November 18th. The club is open to volunteers. Find contact information at the end of the article on page 14

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Talking About Death

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ooner or later we all die. It will happen to me. As upsetting as it may be to think about, it will happen to you, too. It’s simply a fact. And while we don’t know when or how death will occur, we hope the end comes peacefully when we are very old, surrounded by those we love, having lived a long and good life. No one lives forever. Death is a part of life, yet most people find the topic very difficult to think about and especially hard to discuss with others. Talking about what will happen to your family when you pass away can be a very emotional subject. And, as with all emotionally-charged subjects, it is often easier to ignore or think about later. Is estate planning on your “to do” list? Perhaps you are superstitious. Can just talking about something make it more likely to happen?

It is common for me to learn that new clients have taken months, often years, from the time they first started thinking about estate planning to when they called our office to schedule a consultation. For many, life provides a burst of motivation encouraging you to take care of matters sooner rather than later. Perhaps a health scare or a vacation overseas? It may also be seeing the aftermath of a tragedy or the death of a friend or family member. Without proper planning, a grieving family is left to clean up the legal and financial mess left behind after the death of a loved one, during a very emotional time. Is that the last “gift” you want to leave to those you love? So how do you prepare to face what may happen to your family after you are gone? Is it necessary to have a will, a durable power of attorney, or other estate planning documents? The best place to start is by educating yourself as to what estate planning is. There are many websites devoted to wills, trusts, and other documents that you can explore. Look at our website and blog at www.idenlaw.com. By learning about the subject, it may be easier to discuss your needs. It won’t make you an expert, but when you consult an attorney you will be better prepared to formulate questions, which leads to the next step. Consider contacting an estate planning attorney to arrange a consultation. Many estate planning attorneys do not charge for this initial meeting. Keep in mind that you need to feel comfortable and at ease with the attorney and office staff you select. Chemistry is important, as are qualifications. Find someone you trust. Remember not all attorneys specialize in estate planning; some just dabble. Ask questions. Do your research. Look for competence and shared values. Life can change in an instant. What are you waiting for? Bruce Iden earned his J.D. from George Washington University National Law Center and his L.L.M in taxation from the University of Miami School of Law. He has been practicing in the areas of estate planning, real estate and business law for over 30 years. For more information, or to schedule a consultation with Mr. Iden, contact Iden Law Offices at 954-885-0085.

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1750 N. University Drive - Suite 105 Coral Springs, FL 33071

(954) 828-2669

We accept Step Up for Students and McKay Scholarships.

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1960 N. Commerce Pkwy., Suite. 3, Weston, FL 33326

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SATURDAYS AND EVENINGS AVAILABLE Braces, Implants & Family Dentistry

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1601 N. Flamingo Rd., Suite 3 12333 NW 18th St., Suite #4 Pembroke Pines, FL 33028 Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

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