Family Time: What everyone needs to know about estate planning

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Tip of the Week

There's a common misconception among the American public that estate planning is only the domain of the elderly or the very wealthy. That's far from the truth.

If you haven't considered yourself as a candidate for estate planning, you might be underestimating the value of your assets. In fact, items like your home, your car and your life insurance are assets - and valuable ones at that. The unhappy result of failing to plan may be unnecessary fees, expenses and delays at a time when your loved ones are struggling to cope with loss.

The complex nature of planning your estate might put some people off, but in that situation, a professional accredited estate planner (AEP) can simplify the process. Working with a team of professionals ensures that your plans are streamlined, understandable and clear-cut, to avoid confusion down the road. The NAEPC makes it easy to find vetted professionals in your area with a search tool on its website

The most important thing to remember is that planning your estate well ahead of time - when you're feeling your best and when you're calling the shots - ensures that your goals will be accomplished. Visit for more information.


Family Movie Night

“Chimpanzee,” now in theaters

Rated: G

Length: 78

Synopsis: A Disney documentary about a 3-year-old chimpanzee who is adopted by an adult male.

Violence/scary rating: 2

Sexual-content rating: 1

Profanity rating: 1

Drugs/alcohol rating: 1

Family Time rating: 1. A great film for the whole family.

(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Book Report

“B Is for Beer,” by Tom Robbins

Ages: 8 and up

Pages: 128

Synopsis: A children's book about beer? Yes, believe it or not — but “B Is for Beer” is also a book for adults, and bear in mind that it's the work of maverick bestselling novelist Tom Robbins, internationally known for his ability to both seriously illuminate and comically entertain. “B Is for Beer” involves readers, young and old, in a surprising, far-reaching investigation into the limits of reality, the transformative powers of children, and, of course, the ultimate meaning of a tall, cold brewski. - HarperCollins Publishers

Did You Know

According to a study published in Fertility and Sterility, children conceived through fertility treatment are one-third more likely to have birth defects than other children.

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