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  • Writer's pictureStephen H Akin


Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for families to discuss estate planning.

The Video below is taken from The Thanksgiving Turkey an episode of The Red Skelton Show. Red Skelton plays his Clem Kaddiddlehopper at the first Thanksgiving.

At the very end of the episode, Red Skelton addresses the audience and says:

"Now I have a little something to say on behalf of our American home."

In the year 1620, a group of hardy, determined people crossed the Atlantic in quest of a land where they might live freely, and worship above a whisper. These Pilgrims found such a home, known as the United States of America, and history tells us that our forefathers gave humble thanks to God on the last Thursday of November of that year for their deliverance.

To me, this Thanksgiving, 332 years later, is one of the most important Thanksgivings we will ever celebrate. And when we offer thanks this time, let us also ask God to give us strength to keep a firm hold on the freedoms which are now being threatened.

If this country is conquered by aggressors, there can be no other pilgrimage, for there will be no more free lands that they may go to.”

Red Skelton was also a great artist! Check this out:

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It's a great way to begin a very important and often difficult task for some.

Here are a few things to consider.

Update other documentation as well as your will. Choose you executors, trustees or other representatives carefully. Make sure the contact information for them is up to date. Review all accounts and insurance policies and name your beneficiaries.

Have you moved? Estate planning documents drafted out-of-state, as long as they were drafted with the formalities and requirements of that state, will be effective in all 50 states. That being said, having out-of-state documents can unnecessarily complicate trust or estate administration, or the ability to exercise powers of attorney or health care directives.

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