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Estate Planning Myths Part Two – Don’t Wait!

2020-10-26T20:26:33+00:00

Hi there, Bridget Mackay at the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. We practice in the area of estate planning and elder law. And, in this series of video blogs I'm talking about the four myths of estate planning that seem to be holding on strong in our society. The second myth I want to talk about is that estate planning is just to make plans for when you pass away. And the truth is, is as I said in my last blog, more prevalently today we are seeing estate planning showing up and being needed in [...]

Estate Planning Myths Part Two – Don’t Wait!2020-10-26T20:26:33+00:00

Five Important Things To Keep In Mind When Planning For Guardianship Of Your Children

2020-10-26T20:30:02+00:00

No parent wants to imagine a day when they will no longer be able to care for their minor children. Even when they do consider the possibility of this happening, they often have common misconceptions about how the process of establishing a guardianship works and what things should be considered.. Here are five very important things to keep in mind when planning the guardianship of your minor children: 1.  Don't Wait To Find The Right Person One of the most common reasons people fail to choose a guardian for their minor children is because they were looking for the right [...]

Five Important Things To Keep In Mind When Planning For Guardianship Of Your Children2020-10-26T20:30:02+00:00

Estate Planning Myths | Part One of Four

2020-10-26T19:59:19+00:00

Hi there. Bridget Mackay, the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. We practice in the area of estate planning and elder law and these next series of blogs I'm going to do are on sort of the four myths about estate planning. One of the biggest ones I run across is you have to have a lot of money or things to make a trust or an estate plan. And that really is simply not true. Many people get trusts that aren't multimillionaires or billionaires because there are other reasons you want to trust than just avoiding [...]

Estate Planning Myths | Part One of Four2020-10-26T19:59:19+00:00

Use Your Estate Plan To Leave The Legacy You Want

2020-10-26T19:57:13+00:00

Hi everybody my name is Miranda Dressler and I'm the associate attorney with the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. And, we practice in the area of estate planning and elder law. And today, I'm going to talk to you a little bit about leaving a legacy. And what I mean by legacy really is; how are you going to leave things for your kids and your grandkids? How are they going to remember you? The way that, you know traditionally in this country, estate planning has been done is to have a really narrow focus on [...]

Use Your Estate Plan To Leave The Legacy You Want2020-10-26T19:57:13+00:00

Estate Planning – GoT Final Take Away

2020-10-26T20:03:13+00:00

Hi there, Bridget Mackay here with the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. We focus on estate planning and elder law and this is my final episode to go with the final episode of Game of Thrones around how the Game of Thrones series can inform our estate planning. So, any of you who have not seen the last episode or the last season for that matter. This is a spoiler alert so you may want to watch this video later. What struck me about the last episode among many things is how we follow the journey [...]

Estate Planning – GoT Final Take Away2020-10-26T20:03:13+00:00

Ultimate Beneficiary? Lessons Learned From GoT

2020-06-29T22:37:19+00:00

Ultimate Beneficiary? Lessons Learned From GoT Hi there, Bridget Mackay here. I'm an estate planning and other law attorney in Petaluma and I have been doing some video blogs under the theme of Game of Thrones. And I was inspired for these next two blogs by the subject matter in trusts that we deal with quite often or we ask every client when we're doing their trust is, "Who is your ultimate beneficiary?" So, we also call it the nuclear option. If all of your family is gone, where are your assets going? And I thought back to House [...]

Ultimate Beneficiary? Lessons Learned From GoT2020-06-29T22:37:19+00:00

What We Can Learn About Guardianship From GoT?

2020-06-29T22:37:26+00:00

What We Can Learn About Guardianship From GoT? Hi there, Bridget Mackay. Offices of Bridget Mackay, I'm here in Petaluma. I practice in the area of estate planning and elder law and this video blog series is highlighting some lessons we can learn from the Game of Thrones. Today I want to talk about guardianships. And since the Starks are my favorite house, I think they also have a good example there. If you remember, I believe it was in season two, where Catelyn asks Lady Brienne to find her girls and protect them. This is not the best [...]

What We Can Learn About Guardianship From GoT?2020-06-29T22:37:26+00:00

Planning For Beneficiary Gone Bad – Lessons Learned From Got

2020-06-29T22:37:31+00:00

Planning For Beneficiary Gone Bad – Lessons Learned From Got Hi there, Bridget Mackay here. I'm an attorney in Petaluma and I practice in the area of estate planning and elder law. And today my theme is going to be, what happens if you have a beneficiary that goes bad? Along the theme of Game of Thrones, I thought a lot about this. From Season 8 of Game of Thrones where Dani Targaryen just lays waste to King's Landing. There is the adage that every time a Targaryen is born, the gods flip a coin about whether they're going [...]

Planning For Beneficiary Gone Bad – Lessons Learned From Got2020-06-29T22:37:31+00:00

Who Should Be a Trustee? Lessons Learned From GoT

2020-06-29T22:37:39+00:00

Who Should Be a Trustee? Lessons Learned From GoT Hi there, Bridget Mackay. I'm an estate planning attorney in Petaluma practicing in the area of estate planning and elder law. This video blog series addresses some lessons we can learn from the Game of Thrones. I last talked about the Stark family, who for me is my favorite house in the series. And a good lesson, another of many good lessons we can learn from the Starks, is to, if you have an estate planner or you've made a trust or you're about to create a trust with your [...]

Who Should Be a Trustee? Lessons Learned From GoT2020-06-29T22:37:39+00:00

DIY Wills – What We Can Learn From Game of Thrones

2020-06-29T22:37:47+00:00

DIY Wills – What We Can Learn From Game of Thrones Hey there everybody, this is Bridget Mackay. I am in Petaluma, California. I'm an attorney and I work in the area of estate planning and elder law. And as the last season of Game of Thrones is progressing through our second episode. Someone brought my attention to this article. We've shared it on our Facebook page, it's from wealthmanagement.com. It's called the 18 Estate Planning Lessons From the Game of Thrones and I thought it was actually pretty good. I want to highlight a couple of those. And [...]

DIY Wills – What We Can Learn From Game of Thrones2020-06-29T22:37:47+00:00