January 2015 Newsletter

Laura K. Meier
Creating estate, business, and life plans that ensure a family’s complete protection and well-being.
Do You Own a Timeshare or Season Tickets?
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
2/4/15 - Kids Guardian Workshop at Costa Mesa Branch of Boys and Girls Club
2/5/15 - Kids Guardian Workshop at Seal Beach Fire Station #48
2/10/15 - Kids Guardian Workshop at Newport Beach (Eastbluff) Branch of Boys and Girls Club
2/12/15 - Kids Guardian Workshop at Irvine Branch of Boys and Girls Club
Register today at meierevents.com
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.
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.
Click here to read more about Josh and Laura.
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
Dear Laura,

We hope you’re having a great week so far. It’s been so nice having this sunny weather off and on this week. We won't show our friends back East, but here is a picture of Andrew running around in shorts outside sunny Fashion Island this week. He was all smiles until Jack, as any good older brother would do, cut off the balloon weight right in front of him and made him watch in horror as his ballon floated off and away.


This week’s quick-step is so timely. We know of several families who were hit with unanticipated changes this new year. Hopefully these tips can help you navigate through any life changes you’re experiencing. If nothing else, change seems to remind us how blessed we are to have great people like you in our lives.


All the best,
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Weekly Quick-Step For the Prosperous Family

Quick-step: 5 Steps for Navigating Through a Major Life Change.


What it is: Techniques to help you cope with and adapt to a major life change.


Why you need this:  Change is hard, especially when it comes unexpectedly. From a failed relationship, a lost job, an unexpected illness, or a sudden move, life is always presenting setbacks as well as new opportunities. How we respond to a major change will dictate where we will eventually land—hopefully stronger, more compassionate, and better situated in life.


Estimated time: 10 minutes a day.
How to do it:
  1. Start your day with an attitude of gratitude:  It is hard to feel thankful when your world is falling apart. It is natural to feel angry, scared, and disappointed, or even feel like you’ve lost your identity. Start each day by making a daily list of the good things in life that you have accomplished or the things or people you are thankful for. You will begin to see that your  identify is far more than a job title you had or a zip code you lived in.
  2. Focus on the day at hand: By focusing on the day at hand, as opposed to worrying about how a situation will play out or what else can go wrong, we can actually begin to think more rationally, feel less overwhelmed, and move closer to establishing a new vision for our future.
  3. Imagine new possibilities: Start thinking about your future in a positive way. If you lost your job, start imagining yourself thriving at a new job where you’re happy and appreciated. The key to building a new life is to first imagine how great it can be.
  4. Take action: Once you have created a positive vision for your future, don’t just talk about it, start acting on it. If you’ve envisioned yourself working at a new company, then apply there! If you’ve envisioned yourself finding love again after a failed relationship has ended, then have coffee with a new person or join a new group. Take specific steps to turn your dreaming into a reality, and don’t let natural setbacks along the way keep you from moving forward.
  5. Enjoy your new reality. Once you’ve adjusted to the new normal, let go of the heartache from your setback and instead celebrate the new you. Have a grateful heart for how far you have come and help speak encouragement to others who are dealing with major change as you show them how good life can be on the other side.

Source: How to Deal with Major Life Changes, by Martha Beck.

Featured Article
Everyone Needs an Agent

Everyone needs an agent – and not the Hollywood type. An agent is someone you designate to handle your estate after you’ve gone or who can make decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself. Here are the kinds of agents everyone needs:


Executor – an executor is the person you designate to carry out your wishes for distributing your assets as listed in your last will and testament. You can choose a family member, a trusted friend or even a professional to fill this role.


Guardian – if you and your spouse die before your children reach adulthood, a guardian is the person you designate to take care of your minor children as well as handle their finances. Sometimes people decide to split the roles – one guardian to raise the children and another to handle the finances.  Choosing a guardian (as well as a backup in case your first choice cannot serve) ensures your kids are taken care of by the people you know, love and trust, no matter what. One of the best ways to protect your children is to have a comprehensive Kids ICE Plan. Without it, your children are at risk of being taken into the care of strangers if the people you’ve named as permanent guardians don’t live nearby or if your legal documents cannot be located.


Read more about what type of agents you need.

Thank You
We want to sincerely thank Andrea Casaw, David Wagoner, Arno Poissonnier, Cindy Johnson, and Krishna Narasimhan for your referrals! We hope you know how much we appreciate your referrals and how honored we are that you trust your family and friends to our care.
Thank you also to Temple Bat Yahm Preschool and the Seal Beach Community Center for hosting our Kids Guardian Workshop.