February 2015 Newsletter

Laura K. Meier
Creating estate, business, and life plans that ensure a family’s complete protection and well-being.
Do You Have a Gift Certificate or Cabin?
The Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)United Cerebral Palsy Orange County, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation have reached out to us to help support their upcoming Spring Galas. We need your help supporting these amazing children's organizations! Please call or email Laura Meier if you have an item you would be willing to donate or click on the links above to contact the organizations directly.
Upcoming Events
2/12/15 - Kids Guardian Workshop at Irvine Branch of Boys and Girls Club
3/5/15- Kids Guardian Workshop at United Cerebral Palsy Orange County, Irvine
3/10/15- Kids Guardian Workshop at Dehesa Charter School, Newport Beach
3/10/15- Kids Guardian Workshop at Child's World, Irvine
3/12/15- Special Needs Workshop at United Cerebral Palsy Orange County, Irvine
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Meet with Joshua or Laura Meier
Be confident knowing that your family is completely taken care of! Schedule a planning session with Meier Law Firm and learn how you can create a family estate plan or have your existing plan reviewed.
Click here to schedule online or call 949.718.0420.
About Joshua and Laura Meier
Joshua and Laura Meier are top California family trust attorneys and the parents of four young children. Their law practice is dedicated to guiding families.
Laura is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan. Josh and Laura conduct the popular Kids Guardian Workshop throughout Southern California and have been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, WORTH, OC Metro, ParentingOC, and more.
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Thank you for Your Online Reviews!
We want to sincerely thank you for your online reviews!  We have had several new families find us thanks to your great reviews of Josh and Laura on Yelp, Amazon, Facebook, Avvo, and Google. We really appreciate you taking the time to put in a good word for us!
Personal Note From Josh and Laura

Yesterday was our son Jack's 6th birthday. He was devestated when we informed him he still had to go to school. He even threatened Laura he would just run right back home and make us go to the lego store. Thankfully the day ended well with presents and Oreo ice cream cake. And yes, he did get that lego set he wanted!


We are excited to announce that we will be featuring quick steps from Orange County families who will shere their steps for becoming a prosperous family. Start thinking of your family's secret to success because we will be reaching out to you!


We hope you have a very special Valentines Day and enjoy the three-day weekend!


All the best,
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Weekly Quick-Step For the Prosperous Family
This week's quick-step is from the Arno and Tricia Poissonnier family.  As you can see from the photo, Arno and Tricia are the proud parents of four beautiful daughters. Arno and Tricia run a local real estate practice together and are very active in the local French community.

Quick Step:  Sharing Peaks & Valleys


What it is:  A way to connect around the family table, share experiences, practice language development, and build “muscles” of gratitude.


Why You Need This: Life moves fast – especially here in Orange County.  In our fast-paced day to day, our communication with our children can become primarily instruction giving – get your shoes on, grab your lunch box, head for the car, etc.  Checking in around the family table and allowing each family member to share their peak (high point of the day) and their valley (low point of the day) is a great way for the family to interact.  For younger family members, this also affords a great forum for developing narrative language skills. 


Life for many Orange County kids amounts to a very privileged life.  Getting them to recognize this privilege and approach it with gratitude and appreciation rather than expectation can be a challenge.  Practicing Peaks & Valleys forces family members to reflect daily on what they have that is good.  Studies show that telling about an experience which one enjoyed and for which one is grateful releases the same types of endorphins as actually living through the experience.  So the recounting of a daily Peak, actually helps to reinforce those neural pathways of gratitude.


Estimated Time: 5-15 minutes per day, depending on the size and talkativeness of your family.


How to do it:

  1. Gather around your family table in the evening.  If a meal can be shared during this gathering, even better!
  2. Call on one family member and ask them to share their Peak (high point / most pleasant experience) of the day along with their Valley (low point / most unpleasant experience) of the day.  If your family has difficulty not interrupting each other, you may want to pass a small rock (we call it the Talk Rock) to the first person called upon. The Talk Rock shows that only the person holding it may talk, while everyone else practices listening.
  3. When the first person is done, he or she calls on another person (and passes the Talk Rock if you are using one) and asks him or her to share their Peak & Valley.
  4. This continues around the table until all family members have shared their Peaks and their Valleys.
Featured Article
No One Feeling Good About Continuing Battle Over James Brown Estate

James Brown was known for his signature song, “I Feel Good,” but no one is feeling good about the battle that is still being waged over his estate almost a decade after his death in 2006.  


The majority of Brown’s estate – estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars – was distributed via his will to the I Feel Good Trust to provide scholarships to underprivileged children in South Carolina and Georgia. None of those estate proceeds have been distributed to date, due to ongoing litigation between Brown’s fourth wife, Tomi Rae Hynie, his seven children and the trust.


It is hard to imagine a bigger legal mess than the one created by Brown’s death. He has seven children and during the estate battle several more people stepped forward claiming they were Brown’s children as well. The legality of his marriage to Hynie has been called into question. Two sets of trustees have already been removed from the case.


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Thank You
We want to sincerely thank Gil Hess, Amir Boghdady, Brian Fox, White Nelson, Todd Puffer, Karen Connair, Bob Davis, and Jim Lehmann for your referrals!
Thank you also to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Costa Mesa, Irvine, and Newport Beach and the City of Seal Beach for hosting our Kids Guardian Workshop.