Soto Law Group April 2018

April 2018 Soto’s Chronicles

DeDe Soto

Protecting your most valuable asset — your family

FROM THE DESK OF DeDe Soto

Welcome to our first newsletter! I hope you will enjoy it on monthly basis and pass it along to anyone who needs our services. I established the Soto Law Group so I could dedicate myself to the needs of growing families and business owners. It is shocking that many people do not think that an estate plan is a necessary protection, but it is! Should the unthinkable happen, you need to have your assets and family protected. What will happen to your loved ones? Do you have a plan in place that executes your wishes after death? Or do you leave it to chance and a judge — or worse, let your family members battle each other in probate? The latter leaves a legacy that is filled with anger and bitterness. Your legacy should be filled with memories of joy and happiness. This is why we focus on estate planning: trusts, wills, power of attorney, health care directives, special-need planning, trust administration, probate, conservatorships, and trust disputes.

Environmentalism is a fairly new phenomenon, only gaining real popularity over the past several decades. Just 50 years ago, there were few laws and regulations to protect the environment or restrict pollution. This April, we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day, two holidays that remind us to take care of our one and only home planet. ARBOR DAY Nebraska pioneer J. Sterling Morton set Arbor Day in motion. A lover of nature, Morton was eager to share this passion with others. As a journalist and newspaper editor, he often encouraged his readers to plant trees, either individually or as part of a group. In 1872, Morton proposed a tree-planting holiday called Arbor Day for April 10 that year. In 1885, it was proclaimed a legal holiday in Nebraska and given the official date of April 22 — Morton’s birthday. He proposed that prizes be given out to the community or organization that planted the most trees. On the first official Arbor Day, about 1 million trees were planted. The date was later moved to the last Friday in April, but it now varies from state to state based on each area’s best tree-planting season. If you’re curious to find out when Arbor Day takes place across the United States, visit www.arborday.org/celebrate/dates.cfm. THE EARTH LOVES APRIL C elebrating A rbor D ay and E arth D ay

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