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Get the facts on estate planning
Cheryl Walker

We all hear that we need to do estate planning, but many times you just don’t know where to start. The Estate Planning Program on Sept. 17 is a good place to start. You can learn about the terminology so you can get started on your planning process. This is an educational program that will not be promoting or selling products.

Mark your calendar for an Estate Planning Program set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the New Salem Building at Rockdale Fair Park. The workshop is only $10 per person payable at the meeting. Our special speaker will present “Estate Planning-Understanding the Tools and Taxes.”

Dr. Wayne A. Hayenga, Attorney and Professor Emeritus Texas A& M Extension Service will present about two hours of your will, estate administration, trusts, and estate tax planning topics. He will address the legal documents to get your business affairs and health documents in order so you can be assured your estate plan is complete.

Wills and trusts will be addressed during the program. A trust is one of the most powerful estate planning tools. It can work for you during life time and at your death. Your estate can avoid probate and keep the administration private. A trust can allow for benefits to your surviving spouse and then to your children. It often can protect heirs from squandering their inheritance. But, most commonly, it is used as a tool to save income and estate taxes for families as Dr. Hayenga will explain.

This is an opportunity for you and your family to get information on the Estate Planning Topic so you can make the correct choices for your family. The Milam County Leadership Advisory Board is sponsoring the program because they identified it as a major topic of interest to our citizens.

If you are planning on attending the Estate Planning Program or if you have questions, contact the Milam County Extension Office, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron, 254-697-7045 or email - cewalker@tamu.edu. When you pre-register for the program it will allow us to make enough handouts for the participants, but pre-registration is not required.

FOR YOUR HEALTH—Your health is important to you and your family, so take time to learn the latest information to manage your diabetes. Learn to count your carbohydrates and even enjoy some diabetic friendly desserts during Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes classes. Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes is a five-part training series to help you manage your diabetes by understanding the nutritional and medical concerns. Classes will start on Sept. 11 at the Senior Citizens Center at 765 Green Street in Rockdale. The training will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. on the following dates: Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2 and 9. Each session will discuss different issues facing diabetics and their families.

The five part series cost $10 per person and is payable at the first session.

The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service-Milam County Office and Little River Medical Clinic are providing the training. Vicki Moore, RN, BSN-Nursing Supervisor for Little River Medical Clinic will be presenting along with Cheryl Walker, Milam County Extension Agent. If you have questions, need additional information, or would like to register for the series contact the Extension office.


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