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    2 Ways to Protect Your Children


    The other day, a client and his wife came into my office to talk about protecting their business assets. As I talked to them, I found out that they had 3 kids under the age of 8, who had been left in the care of a baby sitter. So I asked them, what would happen to your kids if you had an accident on the way home and passed.


    The couple had no plan! The truth is today the kids could go into foster care if there are no guardians named. Protect yourself and your family. Get a Protection Plan for the Kids to name temporary guardians. Call us.


    If you have a family, a home and a dog (sic), you need an estate plan. An estate plan is a handy name for a set of documents that includes a Will for both husband and wife or life partner, durable powers of attorney for finances and health, a transfer on death deed for your home, a trust and non probate transfers,among other documents. These are the usual documents.


    To start an estate plan, make a list of your assets and liabilities, name a personal representative and a guardian for your minor children, family, friends or a corporation to act as a trustee for your trust, and agents to make financial or healthcare decisions when you cannot.


    If you want to a free copy of our estate planning questionnaire, email us at nsm@mlolaw.us to get started. Then, set up an appointment on this website to meet an attorney. Choose a day and time that is convenient to you.


    All the very best!


    You have made a wise decision to protect your assets and family.

    Protect your kids and your family.


    This blog is meant to provide information only and should not be taken as legal advice. No attorney client relationship is created by this website.


    By Jamie Stafos

    Office Manager and Paralegal

    Contact info: jamie@mlolaw.us

    The Best Gift You Can Leave Your Kids!

    A Wisconsin woman, whose story was widely reported in media nationwide, has died. Heather McManamy,who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, was told her condition was terminal in 2014.

    She began reflecting on what the future lives of her friends and family would be like, after she passed away, and gained national popularity as the dying mother who had written cards for many of her daughter’s future milestones.


    She particularly wanted to communicate life lessons and advice to her daughter, Brianna, who was only a toddler. So McManamy decided to write greeting cards for big events in her daughter’s life, to be opened as each occasion took place.


    The Wisconsin mom left over 40 different cards for events in her daughter’s life, including formal events such as birthdays and her wedding, as well as informal ones, such as advice for bad days and her first breakup.


    McManamy also prepared a note for her husband to post on her Facebook page, which he did after her death in December. Her note showed her love of life and for her friends and family.


    McManamy’s announcement of her death, like her greeting card notes to her daughter, left wise advice for its readers:


    “From the bottom of my heart, I wish all my friends long, healthy lives and I hope you can experience the same appreciation for the gift of each day that I did... Please do me a favor and take a few minutes each day to acknowledge the fragile adventure that is this crazy life. Don’t ever forget: every day matters.”


    McManamy’s memoirs will be published in book form in April 2016, “Cards for Brianna: A Lifetime of Lessons and Love from a Dying Mother to Her Daughter.”


    McManamy’s positive attitude and writings also serve as sage advice of something we too often forget. Preparing for and facing death openly and honestly is a gift to our loved ones because it allows us to leave behind what really matters, not just what we’ve accumulated financially, but our wisdom, our love and our leadership.


    That’s why we build Family Wealth Legacy Interviews into our estate planning process, so we can ensure you leave behind what really matters. Give us a call today if you’d love to ensure you leave a legacy of love to the ones you care about most.


    We can help you protect those you love using a Family Wealth Planning Session. Call our office today to schedule a time for us to sit down and identify the best strategies for you and your family.

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