December, 2014 - A Few Headlines
Ask the Docs - Don’t Crack Your Own Neck…
Cultural Corner - Give a Cultural Gift
Florida Foodie – Tis the Season for Green Markets
Teen Talk – Holiday Parties
Wellington Amphitheatre – Current Schedule of Events
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Eric. H. Light, Attorney at Law
Personalized Proactive Protection Planning
By Krista Martinelli
There are plenty of lawyers to choose from these days, but attorney Eric Light offers that special, personal connection that so many professionals lack. What do his clients appreciate most? “My responsiveness,” he says. “My constant contact with them. We always get back to them within 24 hours. The connection with clients is not just doing the work – it’s about building trust and friendships.”
His areas of law include, but are not limited to:
Estate planning, explains Light, is important for anyone to consider, no matter what age or income level. There are different circumstances for different people. Some people want to ensure that their kids are protected if both parents pass away. Some want to arrange for the “what if” questions if they become incapacitated. For others, it’s all about planning for their assets.
“I always say that if you get it done properly the first time, you will save time, money and heartache,” he says. He points to the fact that many people today go to cheaper “quick fix” solutions, finding later that their true intentions were not properly spelled out in the first place. He explains that by trying to take a shortcut, you could be costing yourself a lot more money in the future.
What Attorney Eric Light does is “Personalized Proactive Protection Planning.” In other words, he tailors a plan based upon what his client needs. He also prides himself in being able to summarize complicated legal documents in ways that people can easily understand.
For example, in the case of a loved one’s passing, Light works with a decedent’s beneficiaries to determine how monies will need to be distributed and exactly why it’s being done that way. Another example is the scenario of what would happens when individuals do not have a trust. A person could becomes incapacitated might require a court-appointed guardian to manage that individual’s assets. “With a trust, everything flows better and many more scenarios are addressed which ultimately protect not only the client but that client’s heirs,” he says.
Eric Light has had his own practice for four years now. Previously, he worked in different law firms throughout Florida. He graduated with his law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 2000 and received an LL.M. degree in Estate Planning from the University of Miami School of Law.
He offers a free initial half-hour consultation. He enjoys having the opportunity to meet prospective clients so he can ascertain their specific situations. Then he presents them with a couple of options and together they begin with a plan.
Much more accessible “than your typical lawyer,” he can be reached on weekends and responds to text messages quickly.
Light is an expert in proactive planning. He reviews the client’s assets, establishes a proper plan, makes sure assets are titled correctly and minimizes exposure to probate and guardianship issues as well as potential tax issues.
A family man, Eric Light is extremely proud of his four children, ages 4, 6, 8 and 10. “They are amazing – they are my life,” he says. He’s also a lifelong Floridian.
He’s been involved with the Wellington Chamber for a few years. As a resident of the Western Lake Worth/Wellington community, he appreciates the family-oriented community. “As a family, we have really enjoyed events like Saturday Night Lights and WinterFest.” His work with the Chamber is “a great opportunity” to expand his practice out west. He recently gave a talk to the Young Professionals of the Wellington Chamber. “I love sharing my experiences and paying it forward.”
When it comes to charitable organizations, Light is on the board of Easter Seals of Florida. In the past, he’s also enjoyed working with Vinceremos, feeling that helping kids with autism is extremely important. He recently participated in a Gratitude Training, a 9-day transformational workshop in two parts) followed by a 3 month Leadership Program. “Our group raised over $40,000 in funds for troubled youth,” he’s excited to announce.
While Eric Light’s office is in Boca Raton, he holds appointments in Wellington with clients on Thursday evenings.
“We are a firm based in giving quality service. We are thorough and passionate about what we do. We are not like every other law firm, really being there for you – like a good friend. I want to be the attorney who’s there for you for all of your major life events.”
Call Eric Light for a free half-hour consultation and get started in the planning process today!
Eric H. Light, P.A.
Attorney at Law
Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Estate Planning
301 Yamato Road, Suite 1240
The Florida Foodie
Tis the Season for Green Markets!
By Saucy Sarah
South Florida has left behind the sweltering summer and is now transitioning to the most delightful time of the year in this Sub-Tropical realm: winter. The “season” also brings the return of the green markets to our county. Be it a green market, a farmer’s market, or an open-air market, there is a quaint charm to these eclectic gatherings of tents that house a variety of foodie delights. I have always been a sucker for a good Saturday morning stroll through the lanes, peering into the various stalls, stopping to smell the fresh produce, sample local honey, buy a waffle—hot off the iron—with berries from Plant City.
These mostly outdoor gatherings of local vendors, artisans, and craftsmen, are an important component of our community and the Slow Food Movement started by Alice Waters in Berkeley, CA. The slow food movement emphasizes community; locally-sourced food products produced by the people of the community. A green market becomes the medium through which locals can sell their wares and, in return, support the local economy. This is community building at its most delicious.
With the holiday season upon us, I am championing you to focus your holiday dollars on small, local, business in the spirit of supporting your community. Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after “Black Friday” was created to highlight local, independently-owned businesses in order to strengthen the non-chain and non-franchised shops in the community. There is no better way to show your support than to patron a green market during our “season” when the markets are at their peak. Buy locally grown produce, give locally crafted gifts.
Palm Beach County Green Markets
Markets open on Saturdays:
* Abacoa GreenMarket
Hours of Operation: 8:00am to 1:00pm
Villages of Abacoa Amphitheater
* Boca Raton GreenMarket
Hours of Operation: 8:00am to 1:00pm
South Federal Hwy & SE Mizner Blvd
561.299.8684 ~ http://www.localharvest.org/boca-raton-green-market-M1173
* Delray Beach GreenMarket
Hours of Operation: 9:00am to 2:00pm
Old School Square
NE 2nd Avenue, ½ block north of Atlantic
Downtown Delray Beach
* Lake Worth Farmers Market
Hours of Operation: 9:00am -
SE corner of State Road A-1-A & Lake Avenue
561.547.3100 ~ www.lakeworthfarmersmarket.com
* Wellington Green Market At the Amphitheater
Hours of Operation: Saturdays 8:00am – 1:00pm
12100 Forest Hill Boulevard, Wellington, FL
(561) 283-5856 ~ www.wellingtongreenmarket.com
* West Palm Beach GreenMarket
Hours of Operation: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Water Front Commons
West Palm Beach
561.822.1515 ~ http://wpb.org/greenmarket/
Markets open on Sundays:
* Taste of the Gardens GreenMarket
Hours of Operation: 8:00am to 1:00pm.
Palm Beach Gardens Park
4301 Burns Road
561.630.1107 ~ http://www.pbgfl.com/greenmarket
* Royal Palm Beach GreenMarket and Bazaar
Hours of Operation: 9:00am to 1:00pm
11600 Poinciana Boulevard
Royal Palm Beach
561.792.9260 ~ http://www.royalpalmbeach.com/
* Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat/9:00am to 6:00pm & Sun/ 10:00am to 5:00pm.
12033 State Road 7
561.499.3994 ~ http://www.bedners.com/
* Rorabeck’s Plants and Produce
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun./7:00am to 7:00pm
5539 S Military Trail
Lake Worth, FL 33463
(561)642-3382 ~ https://www.rorabecks.com/
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture):
* Solace Farm
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a way to directly connect farmers to consumers. Customers buy monthly “shares” of the harvest and reap the benefits of getting fresh produce directly from the farm to their kitchen.
Customers can pick up a box of fresh veggies & fruits or, depending on their location, have the box delivered every Friday.
7765 Lyons Rd.
Lake Worth, FL
(561) 229-6885 ~ Solace International
In her previous life, Sarah, a Palm Beach County Native, spent ten years working in various high-end eating establishments around South Florida. She is currently a fiction thesis candidate in the MFA program at Florida International University where she also teaches creative writing and rhetoric. If that is not enough, Sarah is also the owner of Cakes by Sarah, a local custom cake shop. Sarah lives in Lake Worth with her husband and two beautiful boys. “Food, fiction, and family are my life.”