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    Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan—Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning for Parents of Young Children

    good parents worry, great parents plan

    Every parent worries about what would happen to their kids if the parents passed away. Who would love your kids, care for them, and provide for them, the way you do now?

    In Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan, top family trust attorney and mother of four young children, Laura K. Meier, shows you the legal and practical steps you must take to protect your children from temporary foster care, courtrooms, loss of inheritance, and other turmoil most kids experience when their parents pass away.

    Discover how you can create a child-centered estate plan that protects your kids and gives you peace of mind!

    Foreword written by Alexis Neely, J.D., Founder of Personal Family Lawyer®

    Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan is now available on Amazon.




    What readers are saying

    “As a pediatrician and a parent, I cannot recommend this book more highly. An essential guide for families planning their estate written in everyday language by a mom and lawyer who knows her stuff.”

    Ameer P. Mody, MD, MPH, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

    “You can pay a lot of different professionals a lot of money to educate you on what you need to do to plan for your young children, or you can read this book. I suggest you read the book!”

    Jamie Hargrove, JD, CPA, Co-Founder and CEO of Netlaw

    “Loving, sincere, and easy to understand, with all the information we as parents need to plan for our families…we’ve been looking for this book for years!”

    Christian Jacobs with Shanna Jacobs, Co-Creator of Yo Gabba Gabba, a Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon Award Winning Television Show

    “As a family physician and the father of three young children, I understand how important it is for parents to confront seemingly morbid issues such as determining medical wishes at the end-of-life. Doing so now, however, can create a great sense of security and relief knowing that you and your loved ones have had that conversation out loud and your wishes will be respected in the unfortunate event something should happen. I applaud Laura for devoting her professional life to this important work and for writing this book to raise awareness about the special issues pertaining to estate planning for parents with young children.”

    Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP, President-Elect of California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP)

    “Laura Meier is bright, knowledgeable, and very, very insightful. Her new book hits the nail right on the head when it comes to estate planning for young families. It contains lots of important and valuable information that every young couple with children should (no, must) have.”

    Jeffrey R. Matsen, Esq, WORTH magazine “Top 100 National Attorney,” Author of The Ladder of Success

    “As a mother and a family physician, I share Laura Meier’s vision to ‘build a stronger, more intentional family and create a lasting love that can never be taken away by anyone or anything.’ Each day in my office, I have discussions about life and death with my patients. Yet, I now feel inspired to establish a similar relationship with a family attorney and to discuss with my husband the family values we want to leave as a legacy to our children. In this book, Laura guides readers past the barriers of heart wrenching ‘what ifs’ and the overwhelming complexities of family relationships to clarify the value of estate planning with confidence, humor, and grace.”

    Michelle Quiogue, MD, FAAFP, 2013 Family Physician of the Year, California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP)

    “Families must pass on their values before they pass on the value of what they own. Parents must give their children a spiritual and emotional inheritance before they give them a financial inheritance. Wise mothers and fathers realize that any one of us could be gone tomorrow therefore, we need clear instructions for the guardians, trustees, fiduciaries, trust protectors, executors, and other people who will attempt to reflect parental values to the next generation in our absence. Thank God, Laura has taken the time to write a book that can help all of us. Laura is uniquely gifted to write this book because she is a technically competent attorney who understands the importance of building all legal documents around solid commitments to family and spiritual values. I will be recommending this book to my clients.”

    Tim Voorhees, JD, MBA, Author of The Best Zero Tax Planning Tools

    “As a pediatric anesthesiologist and mother of four children, I highly recommend this book. Written from one parent to another, this book is sure to become an essential resource and tool for any parent trying to do what’s right for the benefit of their children.”

    Suzanne Strom, MD, HS/Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Residency Program, Department of Anesthesiology at University of California Irvine

    “My wife and I made a New Year’s resolution to ‘get a will’ for our children. We contacted Laura and are so thankful we did. She and her team conscientiously worked with us to help us answer all of the questions and then take the necessary steps to make sure everything is taken care of. It is so much more than just a will. I sleep better every night knowing that we have formal plans for our children, our finances, and ourselves if anything should happen. I would start the process by reading this book. The book breaks down each key topic into small, manageable pieces and also clarifies a lot of unfortunate assumptions that people have about how things would be handled. It is a great way to start thinking about your answers to these questions and take the next step—call and get it finished!”

    Jeremy Zoch, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, St. Joseph Hospital

    “Insightful, Educational, and Motivating. Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan is a must read for any parent who wants to make sure their children will have the best in life.”

    Brian M. Davis, JD, Founder and CEO of Orange County Young Executives

    “This book is the perfect combination of a lawyer’s head and a mother’s heart. Parents will be shocked to learn just how difficult they can make things for their loved ones if they do not have an estate plan in place, but will come away inspired and educated on the steps they need to take to protect their children.”

    Laurie Rowen, JD, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Montage Legal Group

    “As parents, we spend so much time and effort on how to prepare our children for the future, yet we often overlook the reality of how to protect and secure our children’s future if we’re no longer around. In this book, Laura Meier reveals the critical steps parents must address to plan effectively for their children’s future.”

    Krishnamoorthy Narasimhan, PhD, Portfolio Manager at PIMCO and Adjunct Faculty at The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California Irvine

    “Such a simplified approach without minimizing the information. Taking legalese and making it understandable. What a great resource for anyone looking to protect their family and their legacy.”

    Nathan Fikse, Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual

    “Don’t let what you don’t know hurt your family. Laura’s book successfully highlights why parents should not leave their financial security and children’s well-being to chance one more day, and how they can successfully take control today.”

    Andrea M. Casaw, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley

    “As the Executive Director of Boys Town California and as a father, I know firsthand that parents and children need education, resources, and support to build a strong foundation and enjoy a bright future. Laura Meier’s book will no doubt provide tremendous value to all parents seeking to create a closer and more purposeful family.”

    Lawren Ramos, Executive Director of Boys Town California

    “More than a set of legal documents, a good estate plan captures your vision and values of how your legacy should carry on after you are gone. For young families, this ensures that your children are cared for in a manner that you desire. For families with older children, an estate plan can ensure that the assets that you accumulated during your life can be disbursed in a manner that conveys your values to the next generation. Laura’s book is a wonderful first step and highlights how you can get the most from a comprehensive estate plan.”

    Roland Ho, CSPG, Executive Director of Office of Planned Giving, University of California Irvine

    “This book was simple, quick, and life-changing! It pointed out needs we didn’t even know we needed to be concerned about as parents, and made us realize how important it is for us to put our wishes into place for our sons.”

    Adam Kennedy with Lyndi Kennedy, former Major League Baseball second baseman, World Series Champion 2002

    “Hot diggety! Finally, here’s a book that explains the reasons why legal planning is vital for parents in plain language! Laura’s personal experience and professional commitment shine through and will help guide parents to make clear, conscious, strong decisions for their loved ones. Understanding the legal landscape you live in the moment your first child is born is an empowering step in your journey as a parent. Laura’s book will help you wrap your head around the complexities of planning so you can actually get something done. What a relief it is to know that you’ve done everything you can for your family!”

    Martha J. Hartney, Esq., Boulder, CO

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