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Live Well. Leave Well.

Plan Your Estate for Those You Love!

This booklet is about leaving a legacy; not a mess.

Estate planning is an important and everlasting gift you can give your family. And setting up a smooth inheritance isn’t as hard as you might think. — Suze Orman

Estate Planning is a Deadly Topic.

Pardon the pun, but that’s the plain truth. And most estate planning books have deadly covers. It’s probably why many people do not have an estate plan!

Want proof? Drop the phrase “estate planning” in conversation, and listen as the room goes silent. Most not only d[r]ead the topic, they avoid it all costs. Unfortunately, those costs are high, and they’re paid by friends and heirs. Like the author, Viken Mikaelian, whose father “died tomorrow.”

Don’t Simplify. Over-Simplify.

We want to make a difference in the way we talk and think about estate planning. We want to inspire people to think about and plan for the inevitable; inspire them to shape their legacy while also sparing their families unnecessary pain.

But how can an estate planning booklet deliver inspiration? If you look at the materials out there now, you’ll see a banal collection of attempts — like a quiz for donors on estate planning, or books with titles like Estate Planning for Dummies that have cover photos of near-death couples sitting with an attorney.

Besides, that’s not when the majority write their estate plan!

I don’t know about you, but those uncreative attempts don’t make us feel inspired. And we sincerely doubt that they’re going to motivate anyone to include charitable causes in their estate plans, either: Simply put, …

… they’re not inspiring donors to make you a part of their family.

Features and reasons to get this book:

  • Eight inspiring chapters (see column on right)
  • A series of information gathering forms before you visit your lawyer
  • Makes a great gift, item to share at Legacy Society luncheons, etc.
  • Can be branded with your nonprofit’s name and logo with a chapter highlighting making you part of their family. Your organization name included inside the book.

Prologue (Why Viken Mikaelian wrote this book.)

Content Summary

Let’s be Honest
When was the last time you thought about estate planning? Are you thinking like so many, “I’m not famous. I don’t have big bucks. So, what’s the point?” Oh, there’s lots of points…

No Worries. You Don’t Need a Will. The Government Will Take Care of it For You.
If you die without a will, no problem. Uncle Sam and his friends know just what to do. That’s okay with you, right?

Diaries Make Great Reading
Now’s your chance to write a “must read” for your family and friends. These tips will help inspire you to think about the story you want to tell.

Writing Your Will Makes You
Fall in Love Again
My wife cried when we met with our lawyer. That’s okay. Creating a will helps you realize that you must live for the present. It can help you fall in love with your life’s purpose all over again.

Your Last Invoices
One’s from the government, and one’s from your funeral parlor. Plan ahead, otherwise you run the risk of overpaying both. In this chapter, we’ll show you how costly mistakes that could cost you and your heirs.

Live Peacefully. Leave Gracefully.
How do you want your story to end… with you as the leaving gracefully as the hero for making plans, or as the villain, for leaving the wreckage of life behind?

Get It All Together
It’s time to talk about the nuts and bolts: The things you absolutely must have in your estate plan, some of the things you’ll want to consider adding to it, and what you need to get started.

Final Plans
Decisions, decisions! We’ll go over some of the basic decisions you need to make, to give you a head-start on your planning.

Working with a Funeral Home
The vast majority of funeral homes operate ethically and in their client’s financial and emotional best interests. However, some funeral homes are not as trustworthy. Either way, there are a few avoidable expenses to look out for.

Now’s Your Chance to Save the World!
Don’t worry. It’s not too late to make a difference – if you have a will.

References
Here you’ll find some great resources on what we talked about, and more!

Glossary
Didn’t quite understand that term? Look it up, here.

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