Dear Reader,

We made it through another year.  Hopefully, you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and lots of fun.  Maybe you spent too much on presents and ate too much Christmas dinner, but all that is in the past.

Here we are, January 2024— still sounds more like a futuristic date in a Sci-Fi movie rather than the date I’m supposed to write in my checkbook—and although we now live in a world of self-driving cars, cryptocurrencies and AI everything, some things remain the same.

Most of us spend the first part of this month reflecting on the previous year and everything that went right, everything that could have gone better, and everything that went wrong. Then, we turn our attention to the next twelve months and resolve to lose 10 pounds, exercise more, save more money, or get more organized—all reasonable goals, by the way.

The only problem with goals like these is that they are often as easy to set down as they were to pick up.  That’s why the first few weeks in January have the highest Gym attendance of the year. All fitness instructors will tell you those numbers fizzle in February and drop to a low average by March.

You may wonder why…but deep down, you probably already know.

Motivation is fleeting, and although the turning of a calendar page might spark it, there needs to be something there to catch that spark, or else motivation burns out fast, and your resolutions turn to ash.

Statements like, “This year I’m going to save more money,” or, “This year I’ll be beach body ready by summer,” are nice, but as stand-alones, they don’t carry much weight.

During my life, I’ve made plenty of resolutions.  Some have stuck, and some have fizzled out.  I’ve found that the ones I followed through on and achieved came with answers to the following two all-important questions:

Why is this important?


What changes will I make to turn this resolution into reality today, tomorrow, and in the future?

Here’s the important part…spend some time with these questions and dig deep.  A superficial answer won’t do.

“I need to drop a few pounds because my pants are tight after the holidays.” This might get you to the gym in January but probably won’t keep you there in May.

But if you spend some time and reflect on what dropping a few pounds will mean for your cardiovascular system. What improved heart health will mean for the rest of your life.  The extra moments of good health you buy yourself each time you choose an extra fifteen minutes at the gym or say no to a stop at McDonald’s on the way home…suddenly, it becomes easier to stay motivated and committed to your goal in the months and years to come.

This year, I resolve not to reinvent myself but to find more ways to serve my community, clients, friends, and family.  I plan to accomplish this in my personal life by continuing to support the various charitable causes I’m a part of.  With my law firm, I look to achieve this by continuing to provide excellent representation for my clients and offering a growing array of family law services for our community.

The Children Protection Plan now offered through Samakow Law Firm is one resolution you and I can work on together. As a personal injury attorney, I’m far too familiar with worst-case scenarios. I know from experience that too many people never plan for what comes next after tragedy strikes.

This is why one of my resolutions for this year is to inform as many people in my community as possible about the importance of having a plan in place for your children and your family in the event of your untimely death.  This Family Protection Plan offers peace of mind for you and safety and security for the ones you may leave behind.

This year, I urge you to consider a new type of resolution, one you can check off your list quickly and that will have far-reaching value in the lives of those you love the most.

For more information on the Children Protection Plan and how it can secure your child’s future, email me at or text or call 703-472-7688 to arrange for a discreet and confidential conversation about your Children Protection Plan.

Until next time, I wish you all the best in this New Year,

Sincerely yours,

Paul Samakow


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