Fall 2018 Newsletter

Laura K. Meier
Creating estate, business, and life plans that ensure a family’s complete protection and well-being.
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November 2018 Edition includes:

  • New York City and Thanksgiving Blessings
  • 10 Ways to Make This Thanksgiving The Best Ever
  • Sandra Day O'Conner and Dementia Diagnosis
 
  • CWLA Honors Laura Meier as Community Hero
  • 2019 Speaking Schedule
  • Thank You For Your Referrals
  • How Our Kids Emergency Plan Makes Your Child the Center of Your Estate Plan
  • Just Call Bonnie
 
 
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New York City and Thanksgiving Blessings

Dear Jonathan,

A few years ago when we were grinding it out starting the law firm, and having more kids, we had some friends who told us about a trip they had just taken to New York with another couple. I remember thinking, wow, what would that be like to just get up and go to New York, and with

friends! Well, fast forward a few years later, and we finally got to take that wish trip to New York with friends :)! We enjoyed all of the typical Manhattan adventures, and even had some fun celebrity run-ins (Ryan Seacrest and David Muir from ABC World News Tonight!) The photo above was taken on our last night at Gotham Comedy Club with our friends after watching Pete Correale perform. All in all, it was a fantastic trip, and a reminder that life is full of seasons, and it's nice to have a little time now for ourselves to get away together.

With Thanksgiving coming up, I am thinking of all I'm grateful for (and how to fit everyone in my house for dinner lol). You know, Josh and I really think a lot about the families who come to us for help, either for their estate planning needs, or just because they need someone to talk to about life's ups and downs. I'm always reminded that people go through so much and really need the rest of us cheering them on. My hope this holiday season is that I can look a little more to the left, and to the right, to see that person who needs that extra hand or smile. And, to really cherish my family more, and thank God more for all He has done.

A big happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, and thank you for being part of our lives.

All the best,

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10 Ways to Make This Thanksgiving the Best Ever!

Josh and I host thanksgiving every year at our house, for both sides of the family. Some years we pull it off better than others. This year, we are really wanting to host a great dinner, but at the same time enjoy the day with the kids, and have fun with the meal prep and other activities. Please feel free to send us any tips that you have!

We found these tips online on how to make Thanksgiving the best ever, courtesy of Nelson James from signs.com:

1. Delegate.

There’s a lot to do to get ready for the big dinner. Shop, clean, decorate, cook. Do you really have to do it all yourself? No. No you don’t. Delegate tasks. Get your spouse out of the recliner and into the kitchen. Call your sis and have her stop at the store to get some of the ingredients. Rally the kids to pull out the Thanksgiving decorations bin and start fancying up the dinner table. And call your mother-in-law and ask her to bring her famous sweet potato pie; she always complains that you can’t make it right anyway.

2. Manage expectations.

If you’re hosting dinner, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. There’s so much pressure to make everything perfect. You spend all day Wednesday scrubbing every surface in the house, creating detailed cooking schedules and pre-making half the dinner. Ease up a little already.

Your family doesn’t expect perfection—they just expect some turkey and potatoes. And if they do expect perfection? Let them host the dinner! So relax a little. The house doesn’t need to be spotless; your sister’s kids are going to trash the family room and bathroom within 20 minutes of their arrival anyway. The gravy doesn’t have to be completely lump-free; once people put it on their potatoes they won’t be able to tell the difference. And the pie crust? Well the pie crust does have to be stellar. If you don’t have the pie-crust talent, order some from the local bakery. I won’t tell.

3. Start a new tradition.

Ten years ago everyone thought it was a blast to make pilgrim and Native American costumes out of brown paper grocery sacks; now you’re greeted by groans and eye-rolling when you bring out the magic markers. Some traditions get started when the kids are little and never get revamped for the young adults they’ve become.

Start something new this year, and keep in mind the ages, desires and capabilities of your family members. Maybe they’d rather go snowboarding. Keep in mind that traditions are supposed to be cherished family events. If everyone hates the tradition, what’s the point? Call a family meeting and get ideas from those involved; that way, everyone has a good time and you’ve started a tradition that will last for years (or at least until the kids hit another life phase).

4. Invite Someone New.

New year, same old faces. OK, so they’re faces you love. And those loved ones make for a great party. But you know what else makes for a great party? New people! Bring some new conversation to the table.

Every year, there are people who are separated from their families during Thanksgiving weekend. Are there people at work who just transferred to your city? Are there nearby college students who won’t be able to go home for the holiday? Or are there just some people who don’t have extended family around and will be cooking Thanksgiving dinner for two? Ask around—you might be surprised at the number of Thanksgiving guests you can add to your table.

5. Get a little exercise.

Read the rest of the article on signs.com by clicking here.

 

 
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Sandra Day O'Conner Is Once Again a Trailblazer For Americans as She Navigates Her Dementia Diagnosis.

Authored by Laura K. Meier, Esq.

As a lawyer and a mom of four kids, I’ve long admired Sandra Day O’Conner. She has been a trailblazer for Americans in so many ways, especially for us women in the legal profession.

During an era when few women were in law, O'Conner graduated third in her class from Stanford Law School and went on to open her own law practice. In 1981, she became the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court.

O’ Conner’s reputation as a trailblazer was not known just in her professional life, but in her personal life as well. Did you know on top of her professional accomplishments, that she raised three sons, and ultimately left the bench to care for her husband after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease?

Indeed, Justice O’Conner has had to navigate through difficult situations and decisions on and off the bench that few of us ever will. However, through her many adversities, she is keeping a brave face despite it all.

Recently, we learned that Justice O’Conner will now trail blaze in a whole new way as she faces her own recent diagnosis of dementia. While we all wish her well, many of her fans and colleagues will now wait in dismal and curiosity to how she will navigate through this next chapter of her life.

As an elder law and estate planning attorney, I see families regularly who are facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

Click here to finish reading the tips and full article on our blog.

 
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Laura Meier Honored as 'Community Hero' by CWLA For Helping Kids With Disabilities and Educating Women In Finance.

Congratulations to Laura Meier for being recognized as a Community Hero by the California Women's Leadership Association for her work helping kids with disabilities through the United Cerebral Palsy Orange County, Camp Nugget at CSULB, and her special needs practice at the Meier Law Firm. Laura was also recognized for her community work in educating women from diverse backgrounds on financial topics that empower women and guide them in smart decision making.

Laura was joined at the CWLA Annual Women to Watch Luncheon by her husband, Josh Meier, her parents Allen and Christine King, and her in-laws David and Ann Meier. A special thanks to So Cal Gas Company for hosting Laura and her family at the Luncheon. Way to go Laura!

 
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Bring the Estate Planning Conversation to Your Company!

Our Fall 2018 Speaking Schedule was amazing! We had so much fun speaking all over Orange County, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Thank you to everyone who hosted us!

We are now scheduling workshops for early 2019. To see if we can speak at your company, school, or group, call Bonnie Johnson at (949) 718-0420 today.

 
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Thank You For Your Referrals and Workshops!

ReferralsDon Saulic, David Kuzmiak, Dean Lissner, Joe Knutsen, Lesley Riccabona, and Lori Petry.

Recent Workshop Hosts: Applied Medical, NAMI, McGuire Woods, LLP, Uber, and Apple Employees.

 

 
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Meier Law Firm is rated #1 on Yelp thanks to you!!!

Thank you so much for making us the #1 Estate Planning Law Firm on Yelp in our Community!

Yelp Review Highlight: "I had a fantastic experience with Meier Law Firm. The flexibility with our schedule, the patience with our family and the process were perfect. The firm helped us stay on task with follow ups, but just enough not to be annoying or overwhelming. Bonnie is on top of it and always felt like she had our best interest and plan in mind. The communication was great, they checked in with us just at the right times when we needed that reminder. There is just no reason not to do work with this firm and do your estate plan"—Tom W.

Thank you Tom W. and everyone for your gracious reviews! We really feel so lucky to have such wonderful clients and friends.

We would love for you to help others find us by sharing your experience on Yelp! You can click here to leave a Yelp review. If there is anything more we could have done to make your experience with us a 5 star experience, please click here to let me know. Your feedback is very important to us.

Or, if you are more of a google type of person over YELP, please click here to leave us a comment on google.

 
 

Meier Law Firm's Kids Emergency Planning Makes Your Child the Center of Your Estate Plan!

Meier Law Firm offers parents of young children unique protections through the Kids Emergency Plan that makes the child's well-being the center of the family estate plan.

We know that your children’s protection and well-being are the most important things to you. We are committed to helping you completely protect your kids, just like we have protected our own!

Clients often say that Josh and Laura Meier are ‘parents first’ and ‘lawyers second’ when it comes to estate planning for families with young children. They understand how much parents worry about their children’s safety and well-being, especially during an emergency, such as a parent’s incapacity or death.

Josh and Laura asked the same questions after they became parents, that you are likely asking now: What happens if my spouse and I are seriously injured in an accident or while traveling? How would our babysitter know how to contact our family members or what to do? How would anyone know we even have a Will or Trust or where it’s located? How would first responders know we have kids waiting for us at home? Would the police or paramedics call Child Protective Services for our kids if we were hurt? How can we ensure our kids would only be placed in the care of our trusted family members or friends, and not in the care of strangers?

Josh and Laura realized both as parents and attorneys that having a traditional family estate plan is simply not enough to protect children during an emergency!

This is why Meier Law Firm not only provides families with young children a comprehensive family estate plan but also a complete and separate Kids Emergency Plan that ensures children are cared for and protected the moment something happens to their parents.

Learn how a Kids Emergency Plan protects your kids by clicking here.

 
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Just Call Bonnie to Meet With Us!

Bonnie is one happy lady right now. She and Jonathan had a fun weekend apple picking with their son Noah who came home from college for a visit!

Give Bonnie a call at (949)718-0420 to talk about your estate planning needs. You can also schedule your initial planning session online.