With the start of a new year, it's the perfect time to think about what has been working in your life and where improvements can be made. Many people plan to "get organized" in the New Year, an excellent idea if you can stick to it! In that spirit, I encourage you to think about legal issues which may arise soon, for example: tax issues, planning your estate, improving family relations. If you haven't already done so, take the time to collect information about your monthly expenses, assets, and debts. You may want to have a will or trust drafted to protect your family and possibly save on future taxes. If you share custody of children or have a visitation schedule, organization can help to avoid disagreements and unnecessary litigation. You can mark visitation schedules on your calendar for the year in advance, and set up a system (such as email) to share information about the children with the other parent. If you are tech-savvy, use a group calendar feature such as Google, Yahoo, or MS Outlook to coordinate visitation. With a little planning now, you can reduce stress in the new year!