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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Successful road trip completed

I've put close to 1,000 km on my car this week, doing seminars from Drumheller to Athabasca. I'm so glad to meet so many people with an interest in learning about how to protect themselves, their families and their estates.

I notice a huge increase in the number of people who are looking for creative solutions that go beyond simply naming their kids as their representatives. I believe that all of the recent news about elder financial abuse is being heard and is being taken on board by a lot of people. It's no longer strange or embarrassing or even noteworthy for someone to appoint someone other than their children to look after them, or to build in checks and balances. As a society, we have learned the hard way, but it's good that the lesson is causing more and more people to take greater care.

I also notice a lot of questions about costs. Don't be afraid to ask about the cost of making wills before you make an appointment. Nobody minds! In fact I met a lawyer not long ago who posts a "menu" of her services and fees on the front door of her office so that people know what to expect before they even come into the building. And also don't be afraid to call around if price is really important to you.

It has been a tough week in some ways, but very rewarding.

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