Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 10, 2018 
Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 10, 2018 
Jeff’s Book PicsBy Jeff Brown FAMILY MATTERS By Marc Garlett 

The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary“Anyone interested in the history of our country’sBreakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes andongoing fight to put its founding values into practice-
Female Firsts by Becca Anderson-as well as those seeking the roots of current political“The Book of Awesome Women shares stories fault lines--would be well-served by picking up Theand triumphs that are not often mentioned inWoman’s Hour.” --Margot Lee Shetterly, authormainstream history and is somethingof the #1 New York Times bestseller 
you absolutely need to check out....

Hidden Figures.Nashville, AugustReading this book filled me with

1920. Thirty-five states have ratified thehappiness and I just felt so amazed by

Nineteenth Amendment, twelve have 
what the women within this book have 

rejected or refused to vote, and oneaccomplished.” Sheroes: Women hold

last state is needed. It all comes down 
up half the sky and, most days, do even

to Tennessee, the moment of truth for 
more of the heavy lifting including

the suffragists, after a seven-decadechildbearing and child-rearing. All

crusade. The opposing forces includeafter a long day at the office. Women

politicians with careers at stake, liquorhave always been strong, true heroes ?

companies, railroad magnates, and 
sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged.

a lot of racists who don’t want black 
As we shake off the last traces of a 

women voting. And then there aremajor patriarchal hangover, women

the “Antis”--women who oppose theirare coming into their own. In the

own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage21st Century, all women can fully

will bring about the moral collapseembrace their fiery fempower and

of the nation. They all converge in acelebrate their no-holds-barred 

boiling hot summer for a vicious face-
individuality. It is time to acknowledge

off replete with dirty tricks, betrayalsthe successful women of the world. 

and bribes, bigotry, Jack Daniel’s, 
Super women as female role models:

and the Bible.Following a handful 
From the foremothers who blazed 

of remarkable women who led their 
trails and broke barriers, to today’s

respective forces into battle, along 
women warriors from sports, science,

with appearances by Woodrow 
cyberspace, city hall, the lecture 

Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick 
hall, and the silver screen, The Book 

Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, 
of Awesome Women paints 200 

The Woman’s Hour is an inspiring 
portraits of powerful and inspiring

story of activists winning their own 
role models for women and girls

freedom in one of the last campaigns 
poised to become super women of the

forged in the shadow of the Civil 
future.Some of the super women you

War, and the beginning of the great 
will meet in The Book of Awesome 

twentieth-century battles for civil 
Women: Dian Fossey, Martina 

Navratilova, Sojourner Truth, IndiraGhandi, Aretha Franklin,Margaret 

The Best American Science and 

Nature Writing 2017 by HopeMead,Coretta Scott King,Georgia

Jahren & Tim Folger O’Keeffe, Jackie Joyner-Kersee,Joan

“Undeniably exquisite . . . Reveals notAnita Hill, Nobel Peace Prize winner, 

Baez,Eleanor Roosevelt, Coco Chanel, 

only how science actually happensWangari Maathai, and many more 

but also who or what propels itsimmutable humanity.” —Maria 
Popova.A renowned scientist and the

The Woman’s Hour: The Great 

best-selling author of Lab Girl, HopeFight to Win the Vote by Elaine

Jahren selects the year’s top scienceThe nail-biting climax of one of the


and nature writing from writers whogreatest political battles in Americanbalance research with humanity andhistory: the ratification of the constitutional in the process uncover riveting stories of discoveryamendment that granted women the right to vote. across disciplines. 

All Things By Jeff Brown 


“My sister Wendy died by suicide with a gun, andbe a snarl. I know of a survivor who has a crime-
my son, Galen, was killed in a school shooting.scene photograph of her daughter’s bullet-riddledHow do I pierce America’s complacent hide? I’mcorpse. When she speaks to politicians about gunfed up with carefully worded essays. I’m fed up withlaws, she shows them the photograph. I have a similarvigils, candles, and moments of silence, and I thinkphotograph of my son. Perhaps the time has come toAmerica is, too. Perhaps ,my next sound bite should use it.” Gregory Gibson in The New York Times 


Come into the light,Here we are traumatized , All Make this world a place for all to shine, Step into the 
the words, all the lies, Power seekers feed our minds. light don’t deny, Universal love is so divine, Sacrifice, 
Dare we ask, or question why, We pay the price for precious flowers ,name of god great in power, Where 
peace, A word that we can’t define, Searching for the will I belong? Come into the light, we can make it 
freedom, But yearning for love inside, Someday we’ll better, Take away the strife, we gotta it make it right, 
find Everything our hearts desire, Never let ‘em try to Don’t let ‘em scare you, we can make it better. This 
deny the universal love we share, Someday we’ll rise, song should go viral!!!!!!! 


Preparing your company for your incapacity or death isvital to the survival of the enterprise. Otherwise, yourbusiness will be disrupted, harming your customers,
employees, vendors, and ultimately, your family. Forthis reason, proactive financial planning -- includingyour business and your estate plan -- is key. Below aresome tips on how to protect your company and keepthe business on track and operating day-to-day in yourabsence. 

Preparing for the Unexpected

If you are a small business owner, your focus is likely onkeeping the company running on a daily basis. Whilethis is important, looking beyond today to what willhappen if you can’t run your business should be on thetop of your to-do list. If you die or become incapacitatedwithout a plan in place, you will leave your heirs a mess.
Without clear instructions on how to run your company,
the business you worked so hard to build will be inserious jeopardy. The right plan, along with adequateinsurance, can help keep your business running nomatter what happens. 

Execute the Proper Business Documents

If your company has multiple owners, a buy-sellagreement is a must. This contract will outline theagreed upon plan for the business should an ownerbecome incapacitated or die. Provisions in the buy-sellagreement should include:

how the sale price for the business and an owner’sinterest are determined, 
whether the remaining owners will have the optionto buy the incapacitated or deceased member’s interest, 

whether certain individuals can be blocked from 
participating in the business. 
Execute the Proper Estate Planning Documents

A properly executed will or trust will allow you to statehow you would like your assets to be transferred -- andwho will receive these assets -- at your death. A will ora trust also lets you identify who will take charge of theassets and manage their disbursement (including yourbusiness accounts) according to your wishes.

Although a will can be used to pass assets at death,
creating and properly funding a trust allows any assetsowned by the trust to bypass the probate process makingdistribution of assets to heirs much faster, private, andmay reduce the legal fees and estate taxes your heirs will 

Additionally, a trust can help your loved ones manageyour trust assets if you become incapacitated. While youare alive and well, you typically act as the trustee of thetrust, so you can manage your business and assets withlittle change from the way you do now. But unlike a will,
a trust allows your successor trustee to step in managethings if you become incapacitated. This process avoidscourt involvement, allows for a smooth transition of 
trust management (which can be very important if yourbusiness is an asset of your trust), and proper continuingcare for you in your time of need. Although having a willcan be a great way to start, most business owners aremuch better off with a trust-based estate plan. 

Purchase Additional Insurance 

Whether you own the business by yourself or are aco-owner, it is important to have separate term lifeinsurance and a disability policy that names yourspouse and children as beneficiaries. The money fromthese policies will help avoid financial hardship whilethe buyout procedures of buy-sell agreement are beingcarried out. 

Contact Your Estate Planning Attorney

Having a plan for your business in the event you areunable to continue managing the company is essentialto keep the company going. An experienced attorneycan explain the many options you have to protect yourenterprise allowing you to focus on what you do best-- running your company. Give us a call today to getstarted protecting your business.

Dedicated to empowering your family, building yourwealth and defining your legacy, 

A local attorney and father, Marc Garlett is on a missionto help parents protect what they love most. His office is 
located at 55 Auburn Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024. 
Schedule an appointment to sit down and talk aboutensuring a legacy of love and financial security for yourfamily by calling 626.587.3058 or visit www.GarlettLaw.
com for more information. 


The latest on Business News, Trends and 

By La Quetta M. Shamblee, MBA 

Some people would never consider selling anythinghad he even fathomed getting rid of his grandmother’sthat has sentimental value. Others come to realize that Cuckoo clock, “Gramps” gold-plated pocket watch, ormemories related to items are sufficient, especially whentheir early 1920’s RCA radio cabinet.
things have been tucked away for years and have servedIn that moment he recalled the time when as a 20 
no purpose except taking up space or collecting dust. It year old, he was short almost $1,500 to pay the balancetook a temporary income drought for a colleague of my toon his tuition from the prior semester. It had to be 
come to this conclusion regarding some family heirlooms.paid before he would be allowed to attend classes in

Troy, a colleague of mine who works as a consultantthe upcoming semester. Two weeks before school was 
for nonprofit groups, recently found himself in ato start, “Gramps” handed him a check for $2,000 andtemporary bind. The trickle-down effect of the recent said, “Take care of your business with the school andfederal budget sequestration had a direct, adversesave the rest for a rainy day.” Years later, Troy learnedimpact on his monthly income. Seems that one of his that Gramps had sold some family heirlooms that had“bread & butter” clients was unable to pay his invoice forbeen stowed away in the garage for years, includingalmost two months due to a delay on a grant paymentan antique upright piano that had belonged to Troy’sto the nonprofit by the State of Texas. The reason? The great grandmother. The piano has been relegated to thefederal government was late paying them.corner of Gramps garage when he and Grammy had

As an independent contractor, Troy always keeps amoved into their new house 18 years earlier. She said, “Ilittle nest egg, a cushion to ride through these types oflooked at that thing in the living room in my old housesituation. But with this client representing almost 30% offor the past 12 years and it’s not going to take up roomhis monthly income, the delay created a hardship duringin the new house.” Neither of them played it, and thethe time that his daughter’s college tuition payment wasone grandchild who did was a married woman withdue. He told me, “ I wasn’t worried about whether or children living in another state.
not the client would eventually come through withWithout much fanfare, the piano, a vintage radio andmaking good on my invoice, but some of my personalseveral other antiques were ferretted off to collectorsobligations couldn’t wait.” eager to pay for the pieces of history. Gramps’ desire to

He had an “aha” moment as he walked through thehelp his son has prompted a paradigm shift. He let some 
garage past his wife’s car after parking his car on the things go, generated almost $3,000 in dough, and gavestreet. Like so many Americans, one side of his two carmost of it to Troy for college. Faced with similar plight,
garage is used for storage,. A light bulb went off as heTroy was finally ready to do the same. He would alwayssqueezed past her car to go into the house. “Why amhave the memories of his grandfather, the times theyI holding on to all of this stuff that I haven’t used forwent fishing and all the fun things they did together.
years?” His mind began to take inventory of the coinTroy realized that it was okay to collect money fromcollection that he inherited from his grandfather andthings that were doing nothing more than taking usother things that held sentimental value. Never before space and collecting dust. 

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