According to, last year the three most popular New Year’s resolutions all had to do with diet and exercise, saving money, or learning a new skill. Unfortunately, such vague and common goals are easily forgotten by February. Take your 2020 resolutions to new heights by choosing realistic and detailed goals that force you to break new ground and set yourself up for success. Here are four specific and smart New Year’s resolutions that will inspire you to take your new year goals to another level.

Organize a will and estate plan.

Having a will is arguably one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Not only can a will legally protect your spouse, children, and assets, it can also spell out exactly how you would like things handled if the unthinkable happens. Procrastination and denial are common reasons for not having a will in place but the realization of how important a will is can come too late. To avoid the added stress on families during an already emotional time, it may be wise to meet with a lawyer to help you draw up a basic estate plan. Wills and estate plans are not extremely expensive and will give you and your family peace of mind, because of this a will should be your top resolution this year.

Buy a house.

Buying a home as soon as you are financially able allows you to begin paying down your mortgage so you’ll have a mortgage-free home once you retire. Housing is the biggest expense for most seniors, and buying a home as early as possible means you’ll maximize the chances of being able to pay off your house before you leave the workforce for good. If you aren’t in a financial position to buy a house this month, make it a long term goal for the year. Start saving and researching now, be sure to find a quality real estate agent and a real estate lawyer. Having the aid of a real estate lawyer like Ludlum Law Firm can assist you with situations such as understanding contracts, preparing all legal documents, and arranges the transfer of depots.

Start with a clean slate.

It can be tough to reach your goals in 2020 if you have a criminal record. A record can make it very difficult to find a job, rent an apartment, or obtain financing arrangements like a car loan. Therefore, it’s wise to consider all options to possibly remove criminal records like expungement. Expungement refers to removing criminal offenses from a record or even diminishing them to lesser misdemeanors. Losing out on opportunities because of mistakes made years ago can be frustrating and detrimental to your future. With a little work and the right lawyer, you can put those mistakes behind you and find success.

Create a custody schedule that works.

Creating a peaceful shared parenting plan — that also works with everyone’s schedule — is no small feat. Once you and your ex have been awarded shared physical custody of your children, it can take some time to figure out the logistics. Coordinating busy schedules, splitting up holidays, and shuffling kids between homes can be overwhelming.  But no one said it would be easy, especially when you’re trying to agree with someone you could no longer be married to. However, research shows that shared-custody situations work best when both parents are cooperative, respectful, agree on shared custody, and manage their emotions. It’s best for the children, and in the end, it will be best for you. If you and your ex have spent the last year going back and forth on a schedule, make this a high priority resolution this year. Resolve to enter the new year on a positive foot and make 2020 the best year for your children yet!

Whatever your resolution is, make sure it is specific and a part of your positive plan of growth in the new year. If you need help accomplishing these goals in 2020, call the experts at Ludlum Law Firm today!