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  • The Power of Smiling

    Check out this amazing TED Talk: The hidden power of smiling
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  • May is Older Americans Month - Do you Know About POLST?

    POLST stands for Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment and has replaced a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate). The POLST was developed to improve the quality of care by creating a system that clearly and effectively identifies patients’ wishes. It helps give seriously ill patients more control over their end-of-life treatment. It’s printed on double-sided hot pink paper, and follows the patient from ...
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  • Ensure Your Family Has Access to Your Accounts

    Imagine what it would be like if you had to find all of the account numbers, passwords and important documents for a loved one without any clues? How long would that take you? How stressful would that be? What if you couldn’t figure it out? “When people are under emotional stress that’s out of control, having one designated place containing a list of the essential documents and contact information ...
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  • What's Buried in the Back of Your Medicine and File Cabinets?

    Disaster planning – for earthquakes, fires and floods – is important, but planning for your medical emergencies should be at the top of your list! While today everything might be okay, what happens if you get in an accident, have a medical emergency or become incapacitated? In addition to EVERYONE over 18 having an Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD), we should all get our medications and medical ...
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  • National Preparedness Month

    Did you know September is National Preparedness Month? In California, we don’t really worry about tornadoes, blizzards, and hurricanes, but earthquakes can occur at any moment. Not to mention, the Santa Ana winds in the fall (and even winter) can create near perfect fire conditions. It is extremely important to make sure you and your family are prepared in case of a natural disaster! Although ...
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  • Filial Piety

    Be good to one’s parents. This is a Chinese tradition from which Americans should learn. In America,1 in 5 elders over the age of 80 are put into a nursing home. Sadly, many families are too busy to visit them or assume because they have dementia, they do not realize or remember that they are alone. As a society, we should alter this behavior and perception. Our elders cared for us, worked hard in ...
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  • Rebecca Goldfarb Has Been Chosen as a Rising Star

    Goldfarb & Luu is proud and pleased to announce that Rebecca Goldfarb has been recognized as a Rising Star for 2013 by The New York Times & Los Angeles Magazine, Super Lawyers! The Los Angeles magazine recognizes individual top attorneys in Southern California, but in the case of our firm, an honor given to one is an honor deserved by all, especially co-founding partner Dinh Luu. At Goldfarb & ...
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  • Nelson Mandela Day July 18 - A Day to Volunteer

    South African President Zuma has decided to honor Nelson Mandela this year by asking all South Africans to volunteer 67 minutes of their time on this year’s Nelson Mandela Day, July 18, 2013. This is not only a beautiful way to honor a revolutionary man, but is also a great way to inspire others to increase volunteer work in their communities. Nelson Mandela led the most radical and revolutionary ...
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  • Margaret Smith and Protecting Your Elders

    Did you hear about Margaret Smith’s recent kidnapping? Margaret is 89 years old and while at a convenience store, she was approached by two young girls asking for a ride. She wanted to help them but shortly after they got in her car, they took her keys and placed her in the trunk where she remained for two days while they drove around. She had no food, water or medications. They then abandoned her ...
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  • Why Is April 16th The Most Exciting Day of the Year? (And It's Not What You Think....)

    Yes, taxes are over (except for all those who filed extensions), but there are still really important issues to consider and decisions to make for National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16th in order to create a thorough Advance Health Care Directive. Although you may have forgotten your New Year’s resolutions by now, let this day serve as a reminder to revisit taking care of you and your ...
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  • Honoring Your Parents on Parents' Day!

    Did you even know there was such a day? In 1994, President Clinton signed into law a day in which children should recognize and support the role of parents on the 4th Sunday in July. So, even if it’s belated (better late than never), reach out to your parents: do something special or just call them up with a thank you for everything they’ve done for you! If you are a baby boomer and your parents ...
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  • Lesson Learned from Obamacare and the US Supreme Court: Always Have a Plan B!

    By definition, a Plan B is the reserved, secondary plan in case Plan A fails. In the case of Obamacare, Plan A was the Commerce Clause and Plan B was was Congress’ ability to Tax and Spend. It was Plan B that saved Obama’s butt. Do you have a Plan A or a Plan B? If you are one of the nearly 70% of Americans who don’t have an updated-customized estate plan, then your Plan A is what we call the “CA ...
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