In Your Midst

What is your legacy?

March 2006

    We all know that death and taxes are certain. What’s equally certain is that most people procrastinate in planning their estates.  The result is chaos for family and loved ones, as our wishes are left open to interpretation. Often our families are left in conflict over their perceptions of what we indicated to them. Most of us have observed these conflicts and heard years later about “mistakes.”

    These circumstances can be avoided by careful reflection upon what we intend and how we want our estate distributed. The key to estate planning is to prepare a will.  It can be as simple or complex as your needs dictate. It should reflect your wishes.  What you say in your will are the last words people will hear from you as to what was meaningful in your life. You have the opportunity to leave a legacy; to be a role model to your children, grand children and others.

    The Cathedral parish will provide free seminars on Wills and Estate Planning on Wednesday, May 3 and Tuesday, June 6 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm, and again from 7:00pm until 9:00pm.  JoAnne Strom, Archdiocesan director of Planned Giving, and Celeste McDonell, Cathedral parishioner and estate planning attorney, will offer their in-depth experience and broad knowledge to clarify issues and answer questions. A very thoughtful set of questions and workbook will be provided to stimulate our thinking, and to help create a clear understanding of the scope of issues that should be considered in planning for your future. Our experience is these sessions benefit people of all ages.

    If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, contact Joe McGavick in the Development Office, 206-382-4284.  Keep an eye on the Sunday bulletin for further information.

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