The Guide to Protecting Your Child with a Will and Trust

Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan

Laura Meier's #1 best-seller, Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan, shows parents of young children what they must do to protect their family and assets in an emergency, or if a parent passes away.

Parents will learn:

- How to ensure your children would never end up in the care of strangers during an emergency;
- How to ensure your children would be raised by who you want if you were seriously injured or passed away;
- How to avoid a long and expensive court process known as probate;
- How to make your medical wishes known; and
- How to leave behind far more than just money.

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Book Reviews

“Loving, sincere, and easy to understand, with all the information we as parents need to plan for our families…we’ve been looking for this book for years!”--Christian Jacobs with Shanna Jacobs, Co-Creator of Yo Gabba Gabba, a Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon Award Winning Television Show

“As a pediatrician and a parent, I cannot recommend this book more highly. An essential guide for families planning their estate written in everyday language by a mom and lawyer who knows her stuff.”--Ameer P. Mody, MD, MPH, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

“You can pay a lot of different professionals a lot of money to educate you on what you need to do to plan for your young children, or you can read this book. I suggest you read the book!”--Jamie Hargrove, JD, CPA, Co-Founder and CEO of Netlaw

“As a family physician and the father of three young children, I understand how important it is for parents to confront seemingly morbid issues such as determining medical wishes at the end-of-life. Doing so now, however, can create a great sense of security and relief knowing that you and your loved ones have had that conversation out loud and your wishes will be respected in the unfortunate event something should happen. I applaud Laura for devoting her professional life to this important work and for writing this book to raise awareness about the special issues pertaining to estate planning for parents with young children.”--Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP, President-Elect of California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP)

“Laura Meier is bright, knowledgeable, and very, very insightful. Her new book hits the nail right on the head when it comes to estate planning for young families. It contains lots of important and valuable information that every young couple with children should (no, must) have.”--Jeffrey R. Matsen, Esq, WORTH magazine “Top 100 National Attorney,” Author of The Ladder of Success

“As a mother and a family physician, I share Laura Meier’s vision to ‘build a stronger, more intentional family and create a lasting love that can never be taken away by anyone or anything.’ Each day in my office, I have discussions about life and death with my patients. Yet, I now feel inspired to establish a similar relationship with a family attorney and to discuss with my husband the family values we want to leave as a legacy to our children. In this book, Laura guides readers past the barriers of heart wrenching ‘what ifs’ and the overwhelming complexities of family relationships to clarify the value of estate planning with confidence, humor, and grace.”--Michelle Quiogue, MD, FAAFP, 2013 Family Physician of the Year, California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP)

“Families must pass on their values before they pass on the value of what they own. Parents must give their children a spiritual and emotional inheritance before they give them a financial inheritance. Wise mothers and fathers realize that any one of us could be gone tomorrow therefore, we need clear instructions for the guardians, trustees, fiduciaries, trust protectors, executors, and other people who will attempt to reflect parental values to the next generation in our absence. Thank God, Laura has taken the time to write a book that can help all of us. Laura is uniquely gifted to write this book because she is a technically competent attorney who understands the importance of building all legal documents around solid commitments to family and spiritual values. I will be recommending this book to my clients.”--Tim Voorhees, JD, MBA, Author of The Best Zero Tax Planning Tools

“As a pediatric anesthesiologist and mother of four children, I highly recommend this book. Written from one parent to another, this book is sure to become an essential resource and tool for any parent trying to do what’s right for the benefit of their children.”--Suzanne Strom, MD, HS/Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Residency Program, Department of Anesthesiology at University of California Irvine

“My wife and I made a New Year’s resolution to ‘get a will’ for our children. We contacted Laura and are so thankful we did. She and her team conscientiously worked with us to help us answer all of the questions and then take the necessary steps to make sure everything is taken care of. It is so much more than just a will. I sleep better every night knowing that we have formal plans for our children, our finances, and ourselves if anything should happen. I would start the process by reading this book. The book breaks down each key topic into small, manageable pieces and also clarifies a lot of unfortunate assumptions that people have about how things would be handled. It is a great way to start thinking about your answers to these questions and take the next step—call and get it finished!”--Jeremy Zoch, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, St. Joseph Hospital

“Insightful, Educational, and Motivating. Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan is a must read for any parent who wants to make sure their children will have the best in life.”--Brian M. Davis, JD, Founder and CEO of Orange County Young Executives

“This book is the perfect combination of a lawyer’s head and a mother’s heart. Parents will be shocked to learn just how difficult they can make things for their loved ones if they do not have an estate plan in place, but will come away inspired and educated on the steps they need to take to protect their children.”--Laurie Rowen, JD, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Montage Legal Group

“As parents, we spend so much time and effort on how to prepare our children for the future, yet we often overlook the reality of how to protect and secure our children’s future if we’re no longer around. In this book, Laura Meier reveals the critical steps parents must address to plan effectively for their children’s future.”--Krishnamoorthy Narasimhan, PhD, Portfolio Manager at PIMCO and Adjunct Faculty at The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California Irvine

“Such a simplified approach without minimizing the information. Taking legalese and making it understandable. What a great resource for anyone looking to protect their family and their legacy.”--Nathan Fikse, Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual

“As the Executive Director of Boys Town California and as a father, I know firsthand that parents and children need education, resources, and support to build a strong foundation and enjoy a bright future. Laura Meier’s book will no doubt provide tremendous value to all parents seeking to create a closer and more purposeful family.”--Lawren Ramos, Executive Director of Boys Town California

“More than a set of legal documents, a good estate plan captures your vision and values of how your legacy should carry on after you are gone. For young families, this ensures that your children are cared for in a manner that you desire. For families with older children, an estate plan can ensure that the assets that you accumulated during your life can be disbursed in a manner that conveys your values to the next generation. Laura’s book is a wonderful first step and highlights how you can get the most from a comprehensive estate plan.”--Roland Ho, CSPG, Executive Director of Office of Planned Giving, University of California Irvine

“This book was simple, quick, and life-changing! It pointed out needs we didn’t even know we needed to be concerned about as parents, and made us realize how important it is for us to put our wishes into place for our sons.”--Adam Kennedy with Lyndi Kennedy, former Major League Baseball second baseman, World Series Champion 2002

“Hot diggety! Finally, here’s a book that explains the reasons why legal planning is vital for parents in plain language! Laura’s personal experience and professional commitment shine through and will help guide parents to make clear, conscious, strong decisions for their loved ones. Understanding the legal landscape you live in the moment your first child is born is an empowering step in your journey as a parent. Laura’s book will help you wrap your head around the complexities of planning so you can actually get something done. What a relief it is to know that you’ve done everything you can for your family!”--Martha J. Hartney, Esq., Boulder, CO

About Laura Meier, Esq.

Laura is a California Family Trust, Special Needs, and Elder Law attorney, and the Author of the #1 Best-SellerGood Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan—Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning for Parents of Young Children.  Laura helps families stop worrying about the ‘what ifs’ in life, and instead prepare for life events through proper estate planning.  She is also the trusted advisor families turn to in their time of crisis, providing each person in her care hope and resolution.

Laura is a strong believer in educating our community on the financial and legal matters that impact their families.  She frequently speaks all our California to families and professionals on how an estate plan can provide their loved ones the best possible outcome when life events happen. Laura’s work has been recognized and featured by national media outlets including NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, ESPN Radio, NBC Radio, Worth Magazine, The Fiscal Times, and more.

Laura founded Meier Law Firm back in 2010 from her kitchen table while raising toddlers. To see what the firm has now become, and the impact it has made in the lives of so many families brings her a great sense of gratitude. Today, Meier Law Firm has become one of the premier business and estate planning law firms in California, with a team of lawyers and invaluable staff members who are committed to making our clients’ lives better.  Meier Law Firm has received the highest possible ratings from colleagues and clients—including the honor of being the #1 YELP rated estate planning law firm in our community, and a 10.0 rating for Laura on AVVO.

Growing up, Laura’s parents emphasized faith and community service.  Today, Laura continues this legacy by serving on the Board of Directors of the United Cerebral Palsy Orange County.  She and her husband are also proud supporters of Camp Nugget—a summer camp at CSULB for kids with disabilities. Previously, Laura served our community for a two-year term as the Newport Beach District Four Representative for the Environmental Quality Affairs Committee. 

Before forming Meier Law Firm, Laura worked at a national law firm where she counseled California cities and agencies. She received her J.D. from a top law school—J. Reuben Clark Law School (BYU) (2003), and her B.A. in English from California State University Long Beach where she played on the Women’s Soccer Team (2000).  She is an active member of Wealth Counsel and Elder Law Counsel—both nationally recognized programs for estate planning lawyers that provides top training and continuing education.

Most importantly, Laura and her husband Joshua Meier, Esq. are the proud parents of four great kids— Conrad (13), Jack (8), Kate (6), and Andrew (5). These days you can usually find them in a clump around town on a sports field or sushi joint.

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