Embracing a World in Transition

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Contributed by: Jessica L. Whaley, Esq.

My road to becoming a practicing attorney has been anything but conventional. It started with me being a “night-student” during law school, which allowed me to work during the day gaining real-life legal experience. However, this also meant that law school lasted an extra year for me – turning an already long and tedious three years into four.

Following law school, I worked as a law clerk, first for an Insurance Defense Firm in Wilmington, Delaware and then with PWW Law in the Estate Administration department. While my goal always was to be a...

The Circle of Life

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Contributed by Sherri Holder, Firm Manager, Procino-Wells & Woodland, LLC

Last year at this time I wrote a piece on Women in Transition that focused on the importance of financial and estate planning. I was celebrating the last of my forties with very little trepidation about turning 50! Moreover, I was celebrating the growth and confidence that comes with maturity and experience (some might call that age). I pointed out the key to good planning is to first identify your goals and then, with the guidance of trusted advisors, understand your options.

Here’s what I didn’t say: Sometimes even when...

When The Bones Are Good

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Contributed by: Taylor R. DuVall, Estate Planning Coordinator

Last week as I passed my one year anniversary of working at Procino-Wells & Woodland, I was reminded of my interview with Sherri, our Firm Manager. I knew from the moment she discussed the firm’s values that these were the kind of people I wanted to work for. My first interview didn’t lead to a job offer; the timing wasn’t right for the firm to make a new hire of anyone. However, my impression of the firm from that first interview was lasting. At the time, I would have used different words...

Helping People, Changing Lives: The Health Benefits of Volunteering

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Volunteers make an immeasurable difference in the lives of others. Oftentimes, they perform with the core intention of helping others. But did you know that volunteering can benefit your own health as well? Researchers have attempted to measure the benefits that volunteers receive, including the positive feeling referred to as helper’s high, increased trust in others and increased social interaction.

From lowering stress to boosting self-confidence, research has shown that volunteering offers many health benefits, especially for older adults.

1. Volunteering decreases the risk of depression. Research has shown that volunteering leads to lower...

Five Common Online Scams Targeted at Retirees

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By: Katherine Burke The April issue of Vital! Magazine is out - Click here to check it out! You can read more at

Contrary to Gen X, Y and Z’s popular opinion, there are a lot of great things about aging – wisdom, a self-assuredness that young people lack, experience, better income, and a host of other attributes. However, as we grow older, we may also become more vulnerable to unsavory characters looking to take advantage of us.

Particularly because Boomers tend to be less internet-literate than younger generations, we also tend to be the target of many...