By Rose S. Prinzi
Perhaps you have felt the lure of “taking off,” with no particular schedule to keep and no destinations in mind. Embarking on a journey without having first mapped your course of travel is not something most of us would attempt. A plan usually results in making the most of our time and enhancing our journey.
This principle of planning is not limited to traveling. Navigating the twists and turns of estate planning can often result in a misadventure. However, one of the goals of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is to provide a road map for your journey.
The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is pleased to be collaborating with Jamestown Community College, the Jamestown Bar Association and Robert H. Jackson Center Inn of Court in sponsoring a seminar offered this fall through “The People’s Law School.” The seminar is entitled: “Elder Law; Will, Trusts and Estates.” This free seminar is scheduled for October 20th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. at the Carnahan Center Theater.
Do not let the state or a court decide how your property is to be inherited, who will be appointed guardian of your minor children or how you are to be medically treated if ever you become unable to make those decisions.
Contrary to popular belief, estate planning involves much more than preparing a will and it is not only for the rich and famous. Learn how by estate planning through a properly drawn will, living will, a health care proxy and power of attorney that you can make many decisions regarding your care in the event of a terminal illness and even decide who inherits your property and the process involved in the settlement of your estate.
This seminar will offer the participants an understanding of how to avoid problems in the event of death or serious disability of a family member. Attorneys Dale Robbins of Burgett & Robbins LLP, Stephen Wright of Wright, Wright & Hampton and Julie Hewitt of Julie Hewitt Law Offices are the presenters.
By addressing your specific desires for the future, you are ensuring that your wishes will be properly and legally carried out. With the proper documentation, you will be able to provide your friends, family and loved ones a road map to your desires.
For more information about the seminar “Elder Law: Wills, Trusts & Estates,” contact the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation at 661-3390. Additional information on estate planning can be found by going to our web site at www.crcfonline.org – click on “Ways To Give” – then click on “Planned Giving”.