Life Plan Law
Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
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Catherine “Cathy” Blackburn, Esquire Blackburn Law Firm, PLLC

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.

[00:15] Remember, if there’s a specific topic you would like us to talk about, or if you have a question you would like us to ask one of our upcoming guests, please email them to radio@andersonmcqueen.com. We always do our best to include everyone’s request if at all possible.

[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?

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Anderson-McQueen Encourages End of Life Conversations
Monday, March 29th, 2010

preplanningA tragic reminder of the importance of communicating with family members,  the five-year anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death has inspired Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers to offer new and helpful information to those interested in learning how to properly convey end of life wishes.

Visitors to our Web site can easily assess detailed information and helpful tools comprised of the most important elements necessary to begin the planning process. Items such as a pre-planning checklist, a downloadable pre-planning form and comprehensive step-by-step pre-planning instructions are offered. Visitors can now learn how to begin preparing, arranging and delegating their most important final details and begin to set the stage for a more relaxed and enjoyable life, secure that they have taken care of what matters most.

According the pre-planning experts at Anderson-McQueen, asking the right questions starts the process and makes it most beneficial for everyone involved.

Some of the most important items one should ask include:

  • Who should be notified in a medical emergency?
  • What type of service will I want in the event of my passing?
  • How do I designate a power of attorney?
  • How do I write a living will?
  • Where should my obituary appear and what should it include?
  • What are the benefits of making my final wishes known and who is the best Family Tribute Center to do so?

“Each day we help our families create personalized memorials and guide them through the planning process,” said John McQueen, Anderson-McQueen’s COO.  “In light of the five-year anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s passing, we encourage everyone to remember just how taxing this type of situation can be for families without our proper planning and attention. You can live your life to the fullest knowing you have done the right thing for everyone.”

In addition to providing online information, Anderson-McQueen is also taking part in National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16.  As a participating organization, the company will be providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives in accordance with Florida State Laws.

This and more information will be available at all Anderson-McQueen locations from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and welcomes the public throughout the day.  For more information on National Healthcare Decisions Day, please visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org or contact Anderson-McQueen at 727-822-2059.

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