Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, April 22, 2017 

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There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.

 –Robert Burns


Even with an estate plan, things can always happen that 
may cause confusion for the estate–or threaten the plan 
altogether. Below are three examples of worst-case scenarios 
and ways to demonstrate how a carefully crafted plan can 
address issues, from the predictable to the total surprise.


Scenario One: Family Members Battle One Another

 Despite your best intentions, what happens if the people 
you care about most get into a knockdown, drag-out fight 
over your estate? Disputes over who should get what assets, 
how to interpret an unclear instruction from you, or how 
loved ones should manage your business can open old 

 Lawsuits between family members can drain your estate 
and tarnish your legacy. Family infighting can lead to less 
obviously dramatic problems as well. For instance, let’s say 
you name your daughter as the executor, and she holds a 
deep grudge against your youngest son. Your daughter 
cannot do something as drastic as rewriting your will 
to leave him out. However, she could drag her feet with 
the probate court, interpret the will “poorly” (unfairly 
privileging herself and your other son over your youngest), 
or engage in other shenanigans. In all of these cases, your 
youngest son would have to hire a lawyer and potentially get 
involved in a protracted legal battle. This is a bad outcome 
for everyone.

 To prevent such scenarios, consider using an impartial 
(e.g. third party) trustee or executor. Moreover, speak with 
a qualified estate planning attorney to prepare for likely 
future conflicts among family members. 


Scenario Two: Both Spouses Die Simultaneously

 Many estate plans transfer assets to a surviving spouse, 
but what happens if both spouses die at or near the same 
time? This situation may be even more complicated if 
both spouses have separately owned assets or if the size 
of the estate is significant. In that case, asset distribution 
may depend on who predeceased whom, the amount of 
estate tax paid, and other factors. There are, however, ways 
to address this in an estate plan making it easier for your 
family to understand your intent, including:

 · A simultaneous death clause that automatically names 
one spouse as the first to die;

 · A survivorship deferral provision, delaying transfer of 
assets to a surviving spouse, thus preventing double probate 
and estate taxes; and

 · A so-called “Titanic” clause that names a final 
beneficiary in the event all primary beneficiaries die at once.


Scenario Three: Passing Away Overseas

 Expatriates may need particular care in estate planning. 
If a death occurs outside the U.S., foreign laws may conflict 
with provisions of an American-made estate plan. Thus a 
plan may need to be reviewed both for the US and other 
nations’ laws. If you intend to live abroad for an extended 
period, it may be smart to draw up a second will consistent 
with those nations’ laws, too. However, the starting point 
is completing your estate planning (will, trust, and other 
documents) here in the United States first.

 If you have concerns as to whether your current estate 
plan is safeguarded against these three worst-case scenarios 
or anything else you might be worried about, we are here to 

 Dedicated to empowering your family, building your 
wealth and securing your legacy,

A local attorney and father, Marc Garlett is on a mission to 
help parents protect what they love most. His office is located 
at 49 S. Baldwin Ave., Ste. G, Sierra Madre, CA 91024. 
Schedule an appointment to sit down and talk about ensuring 
a legacy of love and financial security for your family by 
calling 626.587.3058 or visit for more 



The City of Pasadena is seeking proposals from 
artists, artist teams and galleries for the selection 
or commission of artworks as a part of the citywide 
Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program. Loaned 
artworks or site specific artworks will placed for 
a period of 3 years at various highly visible, key 
locations within the City in every Council district. 
Honorariums range from $6,000 (for loaned 
works) to $12,000 (commissioned site specific 

 The Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program 
was established in 2011 to enliven neighborhoods, 
engage community and expand access to public 
art. The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 
15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. PST. A Community Meeting 
will be held to review the Request for Proposal on 
Monday, April 17, 2017 at the Permit Center (175 
N. Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101) at 6:00 
p.m. Applicants need not attend the Community 
Meeting to apply.

 For more information, please see the attached 
Request for Proposals or visit the Cultural 
Affairs Division webpage: www.cityofpasadena.

Jeff’s Book Pics By Jeff Brown

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How 
They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret 
World by Peter Wohlleben and Tim Flannery 

 “A paradigm-smashing chronicle of joyous 
entanglement that will make you acknowledge 
your own entanglement in the ancient and ever-
new web of being.”—Charles Foster, author of 
Being a BeastAre trees social beings? In this 
international bestseller, forester and author 
Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case 
that, yes, the forest is a social network. He 
draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries 
to describe how trees are like human families: 
tree parents live together with their children, 
communicate with them, support them as 
they grow, share nutrients with those who are 
sick or struggling, and even warn each other 
of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares 
his deep love of woods and forests, explaining 
the amazing processes of life, death, and 
regeneration he has observed in his woodland.
After learning about the complex life of trees, a 
walk in the woods will never be the same again.

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and 
Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other 
Revolutionaries Who Shaped History 
by Kate Schatz (Author), Miriam Klein 
Stahl (Illustrator)

 Educational and inspirational, this gift-
worthy New York Times bestseller is a bold, illustrated 
collection of 40 biographical profiles showcasing 
extraordinary women from across the globe.It tells 
fresh, engaging, and amazing tales of perseverance and 
radical success by pairing well-researched and riveting 
biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper 
portraits. The book features an array of diverse figures 
from 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the 
world, from Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled 
Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi 
(the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to 
Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead 
singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann 
Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women 
to cross Antarctica). An additional 250 names 
of international rad women are also included 
as a reference for readers to continue their own 
research.This progressive and visually arresting 
book is a compelling addition to women’s 
history and belongs on the shelf of every school, 
library, and home. Together, these stories show 
the immense range of what women have done 
and can do. May we all have the courage to be 
rad!For teachers, this book is appropriate for 
grades 6-8 and could be used in either Social 
Studies or English classes, or as part of a text for 
a multidisciplinary unit.

Living Realization: A Simple, Plain-
English Guide to Non-Duality by Scott 

 Living Realization is a contemporary approach 
or method created by noted author/speaker 
Scott Kiloby for realizing freedom, otherwise 
known as ‘nonduality’. More specially, it’s the 
realization that you are already free at the core 
of your experience and that all separation, both 
in space and time, is a belief system. Living Realization 
is known for its simplicity. The basic invitation invites us 
to: recognize awareness, let all appearances be as they are 
and see that all appearances are inseparable. These simple 
points are really all you need to recognize freedom in the 
midst of your life.

All Things By Jeff Brown


Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and 
relaxation that also promotes healing. It is a healing 
technique based on the principle that the therapist(Reiki 
Master) can channel energy into the patient by means 
of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of 
the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional 
well-being.It is administered by “laying on hands” and 
is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” 
flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If 
one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely 
to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more 
capable of being happy and healthy.The word Reiki 
is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means 
“God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which 
is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually 
guided life force energy.”A treatment feels like a 
wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and 
around you. Reiki treats the whole person including 
body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many 
beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings 
of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported 
miraculous results.Reiki is a simple, natural and safe 
method of spiritual healing and self-improvement 
that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping 
virtually every known illness and malady and always 
creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction 
with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to 
relieve side effects and promote recovery.There is a 
Reiki Master at The Vibrant Living Wellness Center in 
Sierra Madre.



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