Merlino & Gonzalez July 2017

WHY ESTATE PLANNING MATTERS FOR EVERYONE Protection for Your Family, Assets, and Wishes

For many people, estate planning is a hard-to-approach conversation that’s easy to put off. It doesn’t help that the field is fraught with misconceptions. Thorough estate planning is critical for people of all ages. You can start by dispelling its most pervasive myths. When people hear “estate planning,” they usually conjure an image of a super wealthy person lavishing their family members with prized possessions, including the Picasso hanging on the wall and the gleaming jewelry in the vault. But in reality, every family, regardless of their income level, can benefit from an estate plan. A complete plan doesn’t just include a trust and/ or last will and testament; it also includes documents like a durable power of attorney, health care proxy, and a living will. The health care portions of estate planning are especially important to establish as early as possible. Illness and tragedy can arrive without warning, and you don’t want your loved ones to be

powerless to provide your desired care because they lack the legal right to make those decisions. Similarly, if something happens to you, you want to ensure that your children are taken care of. All of these issues can be covered with a comprehensive estate plan. It’s never easy to talk about sickness and death, but, as with so many difficult conversations, confronting it directly is much better than procrastinating. Hashing out an estate plan will provide you and your loved ones peace of mind, knowing that in the event of an emergency, everything will be taken care of in accordance with your wishes. The last thing you want is to be surprised by an illness and forced to make hasty decisions. An experienced estate planning attorney, like everyone on the team at Merlino & Gonzalez, will help you prepare or update your estate plan to cover as many situations as possible.



There are a lot more ways to enjoy fresh summer corn than just on the cob. Try this simple, delicious pasta dish and up your summer game!

• 4 medium ears corn • 1 pound pasta • 6 tablespoons butter INGREDIENTS DIRECTIONS

• 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese • ¼ cup packed fresh basil leaves

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cut kernels off ears of corn; set aside. 2. Cook pasta according to package instructions and reserve ¼ cup cooking water. While pasta cooks, melt butter on medium-high in 3-quart saucepan. Cook 3–4 minutes, swirling frequently, until browned and very fragrant. Reduce heat to medium, add corn,

and cook about 2 minutes, or until corn is heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste. 3. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add corn mixture, Parmesan, basil, and reserved cooking water.

Stir until combined and adjust seasonings as needed. Enjoy!

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