I saw this in the news and wondered, how many people understand the importance of having a will. Do you know how much heartache you could save your family. Not having a Will, destroys too many relationships. Now it's time to take action. Get educated and secure your assets, from the IRS and the courts, who can legally take property and assets. Don't be the next legal victim!
Do you have a Will or Not?
Lack of knowledge causes, unnecessary heartaches!
Former child actor Gary Coleman didn’t have much when he died in Utah in 2010 -- just a modest house with a mortgage and some acting royalties. But he left behind dueling wills, along with a puzzling note that set off a court fight. Coleman was 42 when he fell at home and slipped into a coma. Price, whom he had empowered to make medical decisions if he were incapacitated, ordered his doctor to disconnect life support a day later. A court document later said Coleman’s living will asked that he be kept alive for at least 15 days in such circumstances. He never updated his will and someone to make the wrong choices for his life, when he could not. Cold and feels heartless but legal, when a Will is not updated, timely.
When “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini died last month at the age of 51, many mourned the burly actor’s premature death. But that was followed quickly by a wave of stories about Gandolfini’s will, an unusually brief and unnecessarily public document that may not have properly protected the assets he left to his wife and children.
The will, which is still being examined and debated, illustrates the importance of having a solid estate plan in place, especially if you have significant assets to protect. Even wealthy celebrities, who should have access to best financial and estate-planning advice, sometimes leave behind ugly court battles, monstrous legal fees and other entanglements due to bad planning -- or no planning.
Anna Nicole Smith
Vickie Lynn Marshall -- better known by her stage name Anna Nicole Smith -- was 26 when she married 89-year-old billionaire J. Howard Marshall II, whom she’d met at the strip club where she worked. Her husband died 13 months later. Shortly after the marriage, the elder Marshall's son helped his father draft a new will that left her nothing and didn’t even acknowledge her as the spouse.
The takeaway: You should update your estate plans after every major life event. Also, be very careful about whom you choose as power of attorney for medical and financial decisions. They have your life in their hands.
YOU MUST GET A WILL?
A. It does not matter who you are, a WILL, LIVING WILL, Power of Attorney is needed.
B. When someone dies people change, because emotions can not be trusted.
C. Get educated, do your own research but get a Will, it can be inexpensive.
I hope this is information has encouraged you to make a wise decision to get your WILL today. You will wish you have a Will, later....?
Get all the advice & instructions you can, so you will be wise in making an good sound decision,
Eliza Dukes, Identity Crisis Consultant
After reading this post and thinking about times, you have been offered projects with people, you knew, were not the best choice. Yet, you tried to justify the need. to extend yourself anyway. The learning lesson were probably stupendous, I know, . Now you should be much wiser, and ready to deter unnecessary time wasters. See how you can make better choices, by honoring your discernment. Learn how to accept offers, you know can benefit both parties involved.
When you are earning a living from your skills in a competitive industry, such as ours, it can be all too easy to accept EVERY job that comes your way… especially if you are just starting out. Accepting every project is not an honest means of earning a living. It increases the chance of you making mistakes, letting clients down and providing below average services… which altogether can potentially damage your reputation.
It takes time to develop the disciplines, mindsets and confidence to not accept work that may not be right for you or the client. I want to share with you some guidelines I use when making such decisions to turn work away.
1. Potential client with a bad attitude
When meeting a potential client for the first time you need to be able to work out if you can work with them in a creative capacity and on a professional level. Some clients can be very difficult to work with. I have found that it is best not to start a business relationship with someone that shows signs early on of difficulties to collaborate with others. If I feel a potential client will bring me more grief than good then I don’t bother taking on their future projects. Check out - ‘Bad Clients – Bad For Business’ for a more in depth article about dealing with bad clients.
2. Project brief is non existent or unclear
I like to have a brief for every project. This gives me a chance to quote the project correctly, structure targets with time frames and most importantly aim towards a solid outcome that both the client and myself agree on. If a brief is non-existent, unclear or changes every time the wind blows I walk away. From my experience I generally find whatever I do in the course of these types of working relationships will be wrong. I’ll be to blame for things “that are wrong” as the client never knew or formally agreed with me, in the form of a brief, what they wanted in the first place.
3. You know your skills and services cannot offer value
If a client requires skills you do not have then you need to ask yourself “Can I add value to their project?” Put simply… adding value means will the client get the best from your services they are investing in and will you get value out of it as a professional by not wasting time fixing problems you could have avoided. I like to under promise and over deliver.
4. You are busy and cannot complete projects within deadlines
You must prioritise what work you already have. If you already have a lot of deadlines in your calendar they need to be considered before you take on any more projects that need your attention around the same time as the others. I never overload my deadlines list for fears I will let someone down or provide a project that I believe is below my best. If clients cannot amend their deadlines I recommend they get their requirements met at another studio.
5. You have set time aside for personal down time or holiday
Try not to be tempted to take last minute projects if you have already arranged time off work to spend with your family or friends. In my first year of business I constantly let people in my personal life down by rescheduling plans and taking a ‘quick hour session here’ and a ‘half-day there’. In the beginning of my business I was afraid that I needed to take every project and booking in order to survive. This belief became the norm for me and sadly I lost a few friendships along the way.
You have to work hard in life… you also have to play hard… or what’s the point.
Turning work away is a good thing; it should be embraced as a sign of your success and proof of your abilities. We all wear lots of hats these days in the sound production industry. From time to time we all need to remember that we cannot wear every single hat at once and expect success
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Eliza Dukes, Spiritual Biz Consultant