April 2016 Newsletter

Laura K. Meier
Creating estate, business, and life plans that ensure a family’s complete protection and well-being.
Special Online GLOBAL telesummit for Child-Free Couples!
 

Are you a child-free couple by choice or chance who wants to create or maintain an epic relationship?

 

Couples can register now for the upcoming online GLOBAL telesummit where 21+ experts will teach you how to co-create a lifestyle you love, to impact the world with your gifts, and to create the EPIC relationship of a lifetime.  

 

Couples will discover:

 

-How to enjoy a fulfilling & connected love life – unlike anything you’ve ever had.

 

-Strategies for financial freedom to travel the world, purchase a home, or start your business. (or all three!)

 

-To release the guilt & shame of being a DINK (double income, no kids) couple and live confidently with your child free choice or circumstance.

 

-Shoot, maybe you just want to stop fighting with your partner!

 

Click here for full summit details, and to register.  The summit begins April 11th so register now to reserve your spot.

 
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Schedule a planning session with Meier Law Firm and find out exactly what type of planning your family needs to be completely taken care of if anything should happen to you
 
Click here to schedule your session or call our Client Services Director, Bonnie Johnson at 949.718.0420 Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm.  Bonnie is happy to answer any questions you have and can help you get scheduled. 
 
About Joshua and Laura Meier
 
 
Joshua and Laura Meier are top California family trust attorneys and the parents of four young children. Their Newport Beach estate planning law firm is dedicated to guiding families.
 
Laura is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan. Josh and Laura conduct estate planning workshops throughout Southern California and have been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, WORTH, OC Metro, ParentingOC, and more.
 
Click here to read more about Josh and Laura.
 
Thank you for Your Fabulous Online Reviews!
 
We want to sincerely thank you for your online reviews!

 

"Got to give a shout out to this law firm, met with Josh today and I can tell I'm in the right hands. Having just spent the last 2 years unwinding my parents affairs on their passing I can say it's one thing having someone write up a trust but it's a whole other thing for your heirs to deal with the same lawyer after the fact. My folks didn't realize they hired a talking head but I am not going to want my kids to deal with what I endured. So I'm excited to know Laura and Josh are going to tie up the details left hanging by the other guy AND put together a comprehensive plan for my own trust. The cool thing too is they have a nice office that's not an intimidating shared conglomerate with other attorneys in some fancy high rise. The family atmosphere is great, with pictures of their children rather than all their law degrees and impressive awards which tells me they know whats important." Frank T.—YELP Review

 
 
Personal Note From Josh and Laura
 
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Dear Simon,
 
We hope you had a great Easter or Passover, and are enjoying the spring break.  We managed to get an impromptu picture of us all dressed up for Easter that's on our Firm instagram page.
 
The video above is of my oldest son Conrad responding to me after I asked him where he wanted to eat lunch. Clearly this kid watches way too much youtube but I guess it's good he is following the presidential election!
 
If you know a great child-free couple by choice or chance, let them know about the upcoming Love Filled & Guilt Free online GLOBAL telesummit. I'll be a contributor along with 21+ other experts in their fields. Check your inbox tomorrow to receive the free giveaway I will be giving away at the summit!
 
Warmest regards,
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Weekly Quick-Step For the Prosperous Family

 

Quick-Step: 10 Ways to Entertain Kids on a Road Trip

 

What It Is: 10 fun activities you can do in the car with your kids on your spring break road trip.

 

Why we need this: Road trips with kids can quickly turn into feeling like a punishment for the parents rather than a vacation. The last time we traveled to Vegas, I personally got out of the car at Barstow and told the kids I’d rather walk through the desert than spend another minute in the car listening to them fight.  Not my best moment!  By having a game plan in advance, we can make sure the kids have more than enough activities to keep them occupied and hopefully avoid any meltdowns, from the children or from the parents.

 

Estimated time: 20 minutes per activity.  Keep rotating them through so kids don’t lose interest.

 

How to do it: Choose any or all of the activities below to keep your kids occupied on your next road trip.

 

  1. Watch Movies. This is a no-brainer. Just remember to bring headphones for them so you don’t have to hear the movie.  Or, bring some for yourself so you can listen to music. Just remember that the driver can only have one ear phone in while driving. Also, RedBox allows you to rent movies at one location and return them at another, so it can be fun to rent a movie and then return it when you arrive at your next pit stop.
  2. The IPAD. Playing video games is also a no-brainer. Just remember to bring enough chargers so they can last. Order a car charging device that allows you to charge multiple devices at once.
  3. Lingo Plate Game. Have your kids read off the letters in a license plate and then make up what the letters stands for.  This is super easy and fun and also gives you great insight into your child’s brain.  For example, "OEF" might stand for "Onion-Eating Fanatic" or "Original Elephant Farm."
  4. Slug Bug.  This is an old school game where you gently hit each other in the arm when you see a Volkswagen beetle.  To keep it modern, try playing “Tesla”.
  5. The Celebrity Game. One person thinks of the name of a current celebrity (must say first and last name). The next player then must come up with a different celebrity whose first name begins with first letter of the previous celebrity's last name. (i.e. Player one: Ellen DeGeneres; Player Two: Denzel Washington). Put a 10 second time limit for each response to keep it competitive.
  6. The Quiet Game / Last Word Game. The quiet game is awesome because the whole point is to see what child sits silent the longest.  The last word game has kids pick a word and say it back and forth, each time more quietly, to the point where one player says it so quietly the other person misses it, and therefore wins the game.
  7. Where Are We? Print off a map and then have the kids look at highway signs to determine where they are, and then mark off or color the different cities as you pass through them until you reach your destination.
  8. Animal Spotting. Who can locate the most animals during the trip? Any creature that moves (or once moved) can be fair game, so to speak: deer, livestock, birds (get them to name specific types), road kill and even sun-dried insects caught between the dashboard and windshield can be counted. Make this as competitive or non-competitive as the situation warrants -- perhaps put up a small prize to encourage everyone to participate.
  9. Toy Bribes. Give your kids incentive for good behavior.  At each pit stop, give them an inexpensive toy or buy them a piece of candy until you reach your destination.
  10. Sing Along/Name that Tune.  It seems a little cheesy, but kids love to sing and it’s fun for adults too.  Hum a well-known tune and give a point to the first child who names that tune. Or turn on the AUX button in your car to connect with youtube on your phone and start playing songs they can sing along to.

These tips appeared in “10 Ways to Entertain Kids on a Trip”, written by Akweli Parker, and published in the lifestyle section of How Things Work.  

 

 
Featured Article

5 Estate Planning Strategies For Child-Free Couples

By: Laura Meier, Esq.
 

I got a call recently from my good friend, Robyn D’Angelo.  She’s a couples therapist and relationship coach known as the Happy Couple Expert.

 

Robyn was calling to invite me to speak, along with 21+ experts from different fields, at an upcoming online GLOBAL Summit for DINKS– which refers to couples who have Double Income No Kids.

 

My initial response was “Robyn, you do know that I have a million kids and that I’m known in my industry for helping families with young children?”  But, as she pointed out, our estate planning strategies are useful to every adult who wants to take control of their future, not just parents.

 

I want to share with you here, the top 5 estate planning strategies for all of the DINKS you know out there, that I’ll be talking about at the GLOBAL summit that starts April 11th

 

By the way, if you are a DINK couple by choice or chance, or know a fabulous DINK couple who wants to create an epic relationship with their partner, you can click here to learn more about the GLOBAL summit and register.

 

Here are the top 5 estate planning strategies child-free couples should consider:

 

Click here to read the 5 tips.

 

 
Thank You
 

Thank you to all of our amazing clients for leaving us the nicest YELP reviews!  We read them all and it makes us so happy to know you are happy. 

 

Thank you to the UCI Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders for hosting our estate planning workshops

 

Thank you also to Andrew Soss, Jennifer Owens, Dominic Riccabona, Sarah Pavlik, Yousef Abuhakmeh, Arno and Tricia Realtors, Marcy Brown, Victoria Gray, James Hardin, and Brian Hardy, for your referrals