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Family Education Program™


Our professional mission is to develop and deliver estate plans that work. To us, this means each client’s family will realize the full benefits of their planning. From a seamless transition in the event a client becomes disabled, to the smooth settlement of the estate and trust upon death, from security enjoyed by a surviving spouse, to a lifetime of asset protection benefits for the heirs, our clients expect a lot from their estate plans.
Many of the goals can only realistically be reached if the family engages in the process, learning while living, looking ahead instead of reacting when crises arise. Our Family Education Program™ will help everyone be ready to take full advantage of all our clients have done.
Estate Planning Made Simple™ (aka Truth About Estate Planning™ workshop, updated annually) is an introduction to estate planning, offered monthly for both prospective clients—anyone thinking about starting their planning—and families of existing clients (who need to be introduced to the thinking that went into the parents’ plan). 
Offered every month at our office in Salem
see Introductory Workshops

The following video-recorded programs are available for you to watch 24/7!
Understanding My Estate Plan  The title of this year’s live-in-person education program could be you talking to your kids…or you musing to yourself! While designing your plan with Curt or Sam on the whiteboard, it all made perfect sense. But after a few years, the details tend to get a bit fuzzy. Not only would it be good to refresh your own memory (so, You should attend this) but as you age, it becomes more important for your Helpers to understand what you did, why, how it works…and their roles. What are the six different disability roles of Helpers? What is an ‘LPA’? Cookie Jar? Training Wheels? This program is a review of your plan as summarized/illustrated on your own Design Template. Attend in person and bring all the Helpers you can!
Download the materials and watch the video of 2020 presentation by going to our  Exclusive Client Resources
My Spouse’s Estate Made Simple™ Our married clients and their family helpers need to see this. There is no way you can be fully prepared for the reality of losing your spouse. This program explains just what takes place, what the trustees have to do, what the Survivor can expect, and what the rest of the family can do to provide emotional and other support.  Most importantly, learn how the Survivor can maximize the benefits (tax, asset protection) designed into the plan. Married couples and their ‘support team’ (children who will be helping) should watch Download the materials and watch the video of 2017 presentation by going to our Exclusive Client Resources
Disability Transitions Made Simple™ Having a legal plan in place is necessary, and our clients do. But Helpers must get ready for many, tough decisions! Mental and emotional preparation is vital if you need to ‘declare’ a spouse or parent disabled, then as you assume responsibility for the finances and health care, remaining sensitive to family relationships
Download the materials and watch the video of 2016 presentation by going to our Exclusive Client Resources
Proactive Preservation Planning Made Simple™ As our clients age, an increasing number have faced potential ‘nursing home impoverishment.’ Revocable living trusts do not protect the Trustmaker’s assets. Irrevocable trusts can, but no one wants to use such trusts unless it is really necessary…so most of our clients have not. However, as life goes on, you might decide to take that next step. Your beneficiaries will have a role to play and a lot to gain, so decisions like this should only follow family conversations and be made only with personalized legal counsel. This program will help you decide whether it is worth considering at all
Download the materials and watch the video of 2016 presentation by going to our Exclusive Client Resources
Empowering Your Inheritance™  Made Simple This program especially for Beneficiaries of ‘School Bus’ Trusts focuses on the practical benefits of receiving an inheritance that way. Think asset protection, tax advantages, and enhanced long-term security. Most clients provide wide flexibility for the beneficiary. But the key to reaping all the benefits is knowing how to use the trust to your advantage over time. We’ll review the nuts & bolts of settling the trust/estate and the obvious benefits offered by the protective trusts, then share real life experiences and opportunities to make the most of what they receive. Download the materials and watch the video of 2018 presentation by going to our Exclusive Client Resources
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