Family and Wealth Planning

Hurricane Irma, the Aftermath!

Dear friends,

How was your experience with Hurricane Irma. I hope for you to share with us. As we all know Irma hit the Keys very hard, and although Miami-Dade and Broward only got a small part of Irma, almost a million were without electricity and many are still without electricity.  Thet West Coast may take another 10 days to get all power back.

I have to say, I am thankful because we did not get the category 5 hurricane that threatened us and we just did not have power, lost a few trees, and minor property damage to most.  (I cannot leave out long gas lines before and after the storm).

I just got power back at home last night (and none yet at the office) it was seriously an experience.  My four-year-old could not understand why the cell phone did not have “battery,” why didn’t I just plug in the “white cable”? Kids have the perfect solution. So, this was a week of learnings and teachings. I had not been in this heat since 2013 that I visited Cuba in July and I was concerned for my little one that is used to the very cold temperatures of the AC.

My concerns were not very well founded because my daughter did not complain about the heat, not once.  She was sweaty as can be but she was happy to have mom and dad home all day and all night. She was happy to sleep with mattresses on the floor by the back door with a fan . . . (thankfully we had a generator), and she drank cold water by the ton.

So, what’s there to learn? Lots.  Neighbors got closer and helped each other, supported and cheered each other. We were reminded of how spoiled we are with technology and electricity and all the comfort we enjoy on a daily basis.  These events remind us that we have to appreciate more and complain less 🙂

Please share your experiences! We all want to know . . .

From every experience, we learn . . . hope you are all safe by now. Danger is still out there with power lines down and traffic lights off, so be careful!  See you soon!

File Apr 05, 10 25 23 PM

Yahima Suarez, Esq.

Life Planning & Beyond


Family and Wealth Planning

Hurricane Irma and Legal Documents

We are under imminent threat of being under the damaging forces of Hurrican Irma.  What do you do with important legal documents during these circumstances? Some tips to follow:

  1. If you are going to a shelter, make sure to take the most important legal documents with you.  You could use a small plastic box with a lid that locks or simply wrap them in plastic. It does not have to be fancy, a trash bag works perfectly.
  2. If you are staying home, use the same method to protect your important legal documents, especially, original documents like passports and Last Wills and Testaments.  Find the place in the house least likely to get flooded or affected by high winds in the worst event that the roof is damaged.  Think of a closet and store the documents in the middle shelf, drawers (not the bottom ones), or even the kitchen cabinets. Again, avoid the top cabinets or the lower ones —
  3. It is not possible to make sure that you have the safest spot, but if you wrap well the documents to avoid water, it is more likely they will survive.

Legal documents are important, but remember that they can always be replaced.  The priority for everyone shall be to be safe in their persons.

Please do NOT forget your pets.  Make arrangments to keep them inside and secured!

Be safe above all and do not wander outside during the storm. Everything can be replaced, life cannot!

See you all well next week!

Warmest Regards,

File Apr 05, 10 25 23 PM
Attorney Yahima Suarez Life Planning & Beyond