It’s Never Too Early to Talk…
During my time as a Community Educator with a Bay Area Hospice provider, I often had the opportunity to listen to people from all walks of life describe the confusion and chaos which ensued after a loved one has passed…especially when no estate planning had been executed. The survivors not only had to deal with tangible assets to be disbursed, but also the larger challenges concerning the lack of direction that comes from an estate plan; a Last Will and Testament, Living Will, Trust and Health Care Directive.
If you think that these documents are only applicable to the elderly, ill or mentally challenged, guess again. Far too often, and evermore a tragedy, is the event that suddenly befalls a person in good health under the age of 40 years. Whether from an accident or sudden illness, this event leaves the family survivors grappling with a multitude of emotions. In the midst of this grieving, someone must now determine the status of the deceased assets.
When there is a former spouse, children from a previous relationship or marriage, siblings, and numerous others who may have a stake in the estate of the deceased, not having a plan of dissolution could be a recipe for family dissension. Thus, taking time now, even at the tender age of 40, is a wise decision that will provide peace of mind for everyone involved.
Take a look at this article for some sound advice: http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2013/09/19/estate-planning-tips-for-people-under-40
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Much More Than Meets the I…
In a world where anyone with a cell phone can snap a picture and/or video and share it with the virtual world instantly, is it any wonder that we are not sure of what is real? How does a person believe that they can earn $5000 dollars a month from home by sending emails? The fact remains that there are plenty of unanswered questions that must be understood long before one can achieve greatness, fortune and fame. And, the one elusive thing that we all are seeking; TRUTH.
As a media producer, I fully acknowledge there is always a story behind the images we create. Are we so accustomed to the sound bites and photo ops fed to us by the mainstream media that we no longer require facts based upon intelligent research? Surely we know that there are always at least two sides to every story. Right?
We parents must also know our larger mission and responsibility is to prepare our children for a world seemingly unconcerned with their mental and emotional stability. With the growing number of children being reared by divorced parents, the need for shared and cooperative parenting is just a good idea for everyone involved. Especially the young person whose mind is being shaped by each parental comment, TV commercial and insecure gesture of misplaced love.
Yes, mothers, it required both you and the father to produce that beautiful child. It will take you both to effectively teach them how to succeed in this world.
In closing, I desire that each of us seek to ask more questions, listen more intently to what is being said, and then to pay closer attention to that which is acted upon. If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, has webbed feet, yet says it is an eagle, believe what you see. Not just what is said…because there is so much more than meets the eye.