John McQueen: [00:01] Welcome to Anderson‑McQueen’s radio show, “Undertakings.” I’m John McQueen, president and owner of Anderson‑McQueen Funeral Homes. As always on this show, we undertake those subjects that you want to know about.
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[00:34] Our topic today is “Life Plan Law.” Our special guest is Catherine Blackburn with Blackburn Law Firm, who will help us in undertaking this worthy subject. Welcome, Cathy.
Catherine Blackburn: [00:48] Thank you. I’m happy to be here.
John: [00:51] We’re excited to have you join us today and bring your much‑needed insights to our listeners on topics you refer to as life plan law. Before we jump into the topic, maybe you could take just a few moments to share with us a little background about yourself and Blackburn Law, as well as what drove you to become the leading authority on life plan law.
Catherine: [01:16] Thank you, John. That’s an interesting story. I started my career as a pharmacist. I’m afraid I found that boring. I went to law school at Ohio State. I graduated and I practiced medical legal law for 30 years.
[01:37] I have to tell you, in those 30 years I saw over and over how traditional estate planning did not work very well for people when the unexpected happened. In 2012, I gave up medical legal work and I focused full‑time on life planning.
John: [02:00] You mentioned that you saw how traditional estate planning didn’t work well for many families, and now you focus on the life law planning side of things. Tell us, what’s the difference? What makes life plan law different from estate planning?