Archive for March, 2011
MARCH 17TH IS ST. PATRICK’S DAY!
The Irish have observed St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th for more than a thousand years. Traditionally, Irish families would attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon with dance, drink and a feast consisting of bacon (not corned beef) and cabbage. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the globe. The world’s oldest civilian parade, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, features over 150,000 participants and is attended by nearly three million people. Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Savannah and other cities also host massive parades.
Clearly, St. Patrick achieved an enduring legacy. Yet very little is known about the man himself, what he truly believed and valued most in life. Would he approve of green hats, green rivers and green beer (perhaps consumed with a wee bit too much exuberance)? We simply do not know. And, of course, Cramer Law Center was not there to help him make his wishes known, by designing a customized estate and legacy plan.
Fortunately, many of you have allowed us to create such a plan for you and your loved ones. A plan that provides for your financial and healthcare needs today, and ensures you give what you want, when you want, to whom you want… today, tomorrow and beyond. A plan, in short, that protects your loved ones and legacy. It is important to note that for your plan to continue to serve as an accurate expression of your wishes, you should have it reviewed and updated at least once a year, or whenever a significant change takes place in your life or that of your family.
So this St. Patrick’s Day, don’t just think about whether you should have corned beef or bacon with your cabbage. Think about your legacy, and contact us to make sure your plan addresses any changes to your personal or family situation.
END OF LIFE PLANNING
Two of the statements I hear most frequently from seniors are “I don’t want to go into a nursing home” and “I don’t want to be put on machines”. However, without proper legal documents in place, your medical decisions may end up out of your hands. This delicate subject seems to be difficult for many families to even bring up. Although we know there is a need to prepare, we tend not to want to think about someone in the family becoming terminally ill or tragically injured. Sometimes a diagnosis comes that leaves a family time to prepare, but many times there is an unexpected crisis which can leave a family reeling to making decisions. Many people lack understanding or misunderstand advanced health care directives. We are happy to explain the designation of healthcare surrogate, living will, power of attorney or even how guardianship works.
If you or someone you know has ever made one of the two statements at the beginning of this article, we invite you to stop in and talk with us. There is never a charge for an initial consultation to explore your estate planning goals.