Mother’s Day is the one special day of the year that we set aside to show the moms in our lives how much we appreciate them. Finding the perfect gift can be tricky, especially when you consider the sleepless nights, hard work, endless love, and constant worry of a mother. It’s been said that “a mother’s work is never done.” In that spirit, why not do something for mom that she’s been meaning to do, but simply hasn’t devoted the time to yet? I’m talking of course about an estate plan.
If you’re like a lot of Oregonians, you may run for the sunshine when the days grow grey, and the temperatures drop. It is increasingly common, particularly for our retired clients, to become seasonal residents or “snowbirds”. These folks leave the state for the dreary fall and winter and return for those glorious spring and summer months we are known for here in the Pacific Northwest. While it may sound simple enough, and in fact, something many of us aspire to do one day, maintaining multiple homes in multiple states requires extra attention when it comes to estate planning.
Q: Why did you decide to practice law?
I took an internship class at UC Irvine while I was rehabilitating from shoulder surgery and was randomly placed in a solo practitioner’s law office. I really enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to help people that practicing law provided. From there, I sought out distinct legal experiences to confirm that practicing law was what I wanted to do with my life. Once I knew that it was for me, I applied to law school and never looked back.
Q: Why is estate planning important?
LL: Two reasons estate planning is of critical importance are: 1. to make sure your wishes are known, 2. to provide peace of mind for your loved ones. When it is clear what your wishes are and steps have been taken to put things in place with advanced planning, it is a lot easier on your loved ones when you are gone. It is truly a gift.
There are a million reasons to give to charity, and perhaps even more worthwhile causes to support. Maybe you have always made donations to your alma mater, your church, or the local animal shelter. Many of us give actively in our lifetime, but never spend time thinking about giving after we’ve passed, or what that would even look like. Death is morbid, but moving the conversation away from this fear of the unknown, and instead, toward the future impact you’d like to make, can have an enormous lasting legacy for a nonprofit near and dear to your heart. What’s more, your will can simply and effectively help you achieve such a legacy.
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