June 2017 Newsletter

Laura K. Meier
Creating estate, business, and life plans that ensure a family’s complete protection and well-being.
Elder Law Help!
 
Meier Law Firm is now offering comprehensive elder law services. If your parent is concerned about rising long-term health care costs, paying for living expenses, asset protection and preservation, medical care, or powers of attorney, please call Bonnie Johnson at (949) 718-0420 to schedule a planning session.  We can help your family during this time of transition and protect your family assets!
 
Upcoming Workshops
 

10 Legal Protections For Children with Special Needs and IEP/School Advocacy Workshop

CSULB- Camp Nugget

 

June 22, 2017  |  9:30am-11:30am

CSULB Campus

 

RSVP to http://bit.ly/Advocacy17 or to Ann Chau at 562-985-5434 or [email protected]

 

 

10 Legal Protections For Children with Special Needs

Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled - OC Chapter

 

July 15, 2017  |  2pm-4pm
​225 W. Carl Karcher Way, Anaheim, CA 92801

 

Private Event

 

Note: If you want to have Josh or Laura speak at your summer program, company, or parent group, call Bonnie Johnson at (949) 718-0420. We speak all over California.

 
 
Let's Get Started on Your Planning!
 
Taking the first step can see like the hardest, but it's so important to protect yourself, your family, and your assets!
 
Call our friendly Client Services Director Bonnie at (949) 718-0420 to learn how easy we make the estate planning process.  
 
Our clients tell us how surprised they were to discover they actually enjoyed setting up their plan!  You can read about their experiences by clicking here.
 
Most clients begin by attending a 90 minute planning session to determine what type of planning you need.  Call Bonnie to schedule or click here to schedule a planning session online.
 
Thanks to Facetime and Skype, attending a planning session is more convenient than ever.  We are happy to meet with you in our Newport Beach office or virtually.
 
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 #1 best-seller, 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!
 

"We just finished our last session with Laura and couldn't have been more happy with our decision to use this firm for our Family Trust and Special Needs Trust. We have a special needs child and we're very concerned about what his life would be like if we were both unexpectedly gone. All of our concerns were addressed and it's like the weight of the world have been lifted off our shoulders. 


I highly recommend this firm if you have special needs kids and want to make sure that everything is drawn up properly so you don't loose important services and benefits in the future."

 

 
 
 
 
Personal Note From Josh and Laura
 
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Dear Jonathan,
 
Wow, summer is already here!  We had our  "parents of the year" moment when we realized that Andrew finishing preschool meant he needed some kind of childcare the following week LOL.  Thank goodness for the app NextDoor.  We were able to find a girl home from college for the summer who could help!
 
Josh and I had a great time with Jonathan and Bonnie Johnson at the LEAD OC gala benefiting epilepsy research.  Honestly, the stories we hear each day, and at special events like this benefit, remind me how important it is to help those in our community with disabilities. I want my kids to know how important it is for these families to not walk alone on their journies.
 

We also started the month off right with a fun spa day for everyone at Meier Law Firm!  You can check us out pre-spa gear on our firm Instagram page.  I always envosioned owning a law firm where we had spa days instead of golf, so for me this was a moment of sheer success. haha.

 

Vacations are coming up.  Don't call us at the airport!  Come and see us beforehand so we can help you enjoy your trip worry free.

 

All the best,

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Weekly Quick-Step For the Prosperous Family
 
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Quick-Step:  How to Raise Mentally Strong Kids

 

What It Is:  Teaching kids how to avoid these 13 things that mentally strong people avoid.

 

Why we need this: All of us want our kids to grow up to be resilient, confident, and empowered, and fully equipped to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Reaching our full potential takes mental resilience. Psychotherapist Amy Morin shares the 13 things mentally strong people avoid, which we should teach and model for our children.

 

Estimated time: Daily

 

How to do it:  Teach kids through our actions and words how to avoid these 13 things that mentally strong people avoid.

 

  1. Waste Time Feeling Sorry for ThemselvesYou don’t see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they’ve been mistreated. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned. When a situation turns out badly, they respond with phrases such as “Oh, well.” Or perhaps simply, “Next!”
  2. Give Away Their Power. Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad. They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.
  3. Shy Away from Change. Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge. Their biggest “fear," if they have one, is not of the unknown, but of becoming complacent and stagnant. An environment of change and even uncertainty can energize a mentally strong person and bring out their best.
  4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control. Mentally strong people don’t complain (much) about bad traffic, lost luggage, or especially about other people, as they recognize that all of these factors are generally beyond their control. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well.
  5. Worry About Pleasing Others. Know any people pleasers? Or, conversely, people who go out of their way to dis-please others as a way of reinforcing an image of strength? Neither position is a good one. A mentally strong person strives to be kind and fair and to please others where appropriate, but is unafraid to speak up. They are able to withstand the possibility that someone will get upset and will navigate the situation, wherever possible, with grace.
  6. Fear Taking Calculated Risks. A mentally strong person is willing to take calculated risks. This is a different thing entirely than jumping headlong into foolish risks. But with mental strength, an individual can weigh the risks and benefits thoroughly, and will fully assess the potential downsides and even the worst-case scenarios before they take action.

Click here to finish full article on Forbes.

 

Source and Authors: Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid, by Cheryl Conner, Forbes Contributor and Amy Morin, Psychotherapist. 

 
Featured Article
 

High School Graduates—When To Hit The "Pause" Button Now That You're An Adult

By Laura Meier, Esq.

 
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Congratulations on graduating! What an exciting time. Before you head off to college with all the love, words of wisdom, and memories your family and friends have provided you, make sure you know when to hit the “pause” button to ensure your very best start to adulthood.

 

Pause Before Signing Any Legal Agreement. 

 

When I was 18, I stopped off at a car dealership with a sorority sister and test drove a Jeep Wrangler. The salesman told me he could get me the best deal, and even ran some numbers on paper for me to review. The first red flag was when I said the monthly payment seemed too high, and he instantly crossed it out and wrote in a lower number. Then he began pressuring me to sign, reminding me it was my dream car. Long story short, I remembered my dad warning me about people who become “upside down” on their car payments, where they owe more than a car is worth. I got up and left. Remember, before you sign any legal agreement, whether for a car, an apartment, or a new job, run it by someone first, like your mom or dad, or an attorney, who has had a lot of experience and can spot traps you might not see yet. The smartest people in the world use advisors and experts all the time to guide them, and you should too. This will save you a lot of heartache and money in the long run!

 

Pause Before Taking out Student Loans or Choosing a Major. 

 

The other day I was talking with a father of a high school junior. They are touring our country’s top universities, including Yale and Harvard, which is very exciting. I mentioned how Forbes Magazine recently named Harvey Mudd as the #1 college with the best return on investment, meaning their graduates were actually coming out of there with high paying jobs awaiting them. Many of us parents have not yet shifted our thinking when it comes to evaluating universities. We are still caught up in prestige, rather than return on investment. Similarly, many college students don’t research whether their major will actually help them obtain a high paying job when they graduate. This leads to astronomical student loans with little ability to pay them off. Many young adults now have to live at home with their parents and significantly delay buying a home and starting a family because of this. Make sure before you choose a major, or take out student loans, that you hit the pause button and make sure it will set you up for the life you want.

 

Pause Before Moving In With a Partner or Getting Married. 

 

It’s tempting to want to move in with a partner or get married, especially when it may save you money or entitle you to health insurance or other benefits. Plus, it’s natural to want to be around the person you love. The good news is there will be the right time and the right season for all of this. The bad news is that statistics show that when you cohabitate or marry before you have hit other important milestones, like finishing your education, beginning a career, and the ability to distinguish one's immaturity from permanent character flaws, you can end up with heartache, misery, and financial ruin that can impact your entire life, or even worse, the life of a child born from that relationship. Take time to talk with couples ahead of you who have solid partnerships, and find out from them their successes and regrets, and definitely hit the pause button before making any major relationship commitment too soon. 

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Spotlight
 
Meier Law Firm will mail you one free copy of Laura Meier's book, Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan. Offer is open to the community and ends July 1, 2017. Email Bonnie at [email protected].
 
Thank You
 

A big shout out to all of you who have left us such wonderful YELP reviews!  We are so happy that you are all happy!

 

Thank you to California State University Long Beach, California State University Fullerton, Eureka Union School District, and Signature Resources for hosting our estate planning workshops.

 

Thank you to Kevin Messenger, Mark Byrne, Jennifer Owens, Shawn and Kelly Jack, Chelsea Kiser, Andrew Markham, and Ryan Jarus for your referrals.