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.
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"My husband and I put off our estate planning for too long because we felt daunted by the process, the cost, and overwhelmed with the choice of selecting the best attorney for our young family's needs.
We met Laura after attending her husband Josh's informational session and could not have found a better fit for our family! Laura and Bonnie guided us thoughtfully through our options and what the best fit was for our family at this time, and even expedited the process for us due to my husband's work constraints. They made us feel like we are their VIP clients. We appreciated the care and consideration we received during all aspects of our planning process and truly feel confident and comfortable going forward in the future. We wholeheartedly recommend Meier Law Firm and look forward to our continued relationship."
-Jaclyn M., 5 Star Yelp Review
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Personal Note From Josh and Laura
I don't know about you, but I am feeling slightly more relaxed now that the kids are back in school. It's nice being back on a schedule and not having to pry anyone away from youtube and pokemon go. This week's quick step is about detoxing our kids from electronics, a topic definitely relevant to our household!
Josh and I have been doing some traveling for work this past month. I had a fun tv interview with Fox News 5 San Diego (featured above) and most recently a great trip up to the Apple Campus where we hosted some workshops. The Apple crowd is so fun and relaxed, and yes their campus is super cool with a cafeteria inside that is ultra cheap and full of great food and cookies to die for. I didn't see any 'secret' products while we were there although I'm told they move new products around the campus under black coverings so even employees can't see them.
We ended the 'work' portion of the trip by heading up to San Francisco for a few days while the kids had fun back home with the grandparents. We are looking forward to a very busy and exciting fall here at Meier Law Firm and feel so thankful to have your family in our lives. If there is anything we can do this month to help you update your plan, or help out your friend or co-worker, just give us a call!
All the Best,
Weekly Quick-Step For the Prosperous Family
Quick-Step: Getting The Kids Off 'Digital Heroin'.
What It Is: Helping our kids break their reliance on, and in some cases, addition to, electronics.
Why we need this: Researchers have found that the iPads, smartphones, and Xboxes we give to our kids is actually a form of a ‘digital drug’. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic — as much as sex. Basically, our kids’ brains on Pokemon Go look like a brain on drugs! Following the techniques below will help us protect our kids, and create a new lifestyle that will help them thrive without a screen!
Estimated time: Daily
How to do it:
- Prevention. The key is to prevent your 4-, 5- or 8-year-old from getting hooked on screens to begin with. That means Legos instead of Minecraft; books instead of iPads; nature and sports instead of TV.
- Honest Discussions. Have honest discussions with your child about why you are limiting their screen access. Eat dinner with your children without any electronic devices at the table — just as Steve Jobs used to have tech-free dinners with his kids.
- Play. Developmental psychologists understand that children’s healthy development involves social interaction, creative imaginative play and an engagement with the real, natural world. Play with your kids without screens.
- Emotional Health. Make sure your kids are not using screen time to ‘escape’ feelings of isolation, alienation, purposelessness and boredom. Kids who feel connected to his or her family are less likely to escape into the digital fantasy world.
- Example. ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do’. We as parents need to put our phones and ipads away and not be constantly using them in front of the kids.
- Location. Do not allow the kids to have electronics, even a computer, in their rooms. Teenagers especially have so much instant, easy access, to pornography and other highly addictive content that can cause them so much emotional, social, and self-esteem damage. Make sure you double check what your kids are doing on their electronics, even if they are really ‘great kids’.
- New Outlets. The best way to have kids electronic free is to create new activities and opportunities for them as a ‘substitute’ to their electronic devices. Sports, walks, cards, legos, social groups, yoga, talking, reading, are all great alternatives to pokemon go.
These tips were taken from the article 'It's 'Digital Heroin': How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies", by Dr. Nicholas Kardaras. Click here to read the full article.
Emergency iPhone Health App Can Save Your Life
By: Joshua Meier, Esq.
Have you given any thought to how emergency medical care providers know who to contact or what to do if you are in an accident? Some people wear wristbands that contain important health information, such as drug allergies. But there’s an even better tool located in something many of us already carry every day—our iPhones.
The Health App
The iPhone, manufactured by Apple Inc., comes with a freeHealth app which allows users to track details of their health. From the Health Dashboard, a user can track daily steps, weight, and heart rate. Even nutrition and sleep patterns may be managed using the app.
But setting aside all that fancy stuff, Health is a great app for ensuring medical personnel, such as of emergency room staff and paramedics, have critical information for both treatment and contact purposes.
Users can create an “emergency card” that others can access directly from the lock screen. Even if a passcode is required to unlock the phone, the emergency card can be accessed simply by pressing the Emergency button on the lock screen. Users can choose the information that is displayed, and the information input into the emergency card is not shared with other apps.
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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 Apple, Simon Lancaster, Marguerite Christian School, Stradling Yocca, and Wendy Green's Mom's Group, for hosting our recent estate planning workshops!
Thank you also to Dominic Riccabona, David Kuzmiak, Sheila Ashrafi, Sara Leckey, Andy Nelson, Michael Winestone, Jason de Bretteville, Darla Serrano, and Lydia Lake, for your referrals.