Legally Secure Your Financial Future: Acknowledgments


Legally Secure Your Financial Future is a self-study curriculum to help you organize your important papers, communicate your wishes about legal and other issues, and prepare your financial affairs.

Content development by:

Marilyn C. Bischoff, M.S., Team Leader
Extension Professor and Family Economics Specialist
University of Idaho Extension
Boise, ID

Joanne Bankston, Ph.D.
Family Economics and Management Specialist
Kentucky State University Cooperative Extension Program
Frankfort, KY

Elizabeth E. Gorham, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Extension Family Resource Management …

Legally Secure Your Financial Future: Disclaimer

Material in this web site is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. Rather, it is designed to help families become better acquainted with some of the devices used in estate planning and to create an awareness of the need for such planning. Future changes in laws cannot be predicted, and statements within this lesson, fact sheets and learning activities are based solely upon those laws in force on the last revised date of the web site or …

Financial Security: Legal Topics

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Legal issues that impact financial security include topics such as: property ownership, estate planning, advance directives for health care, and guardianship for minor children.


Advance Directives

Many Americans die without a will or advanced health directives. Several factors are often cited for this lack of preparation. Many people believe that property will pass on to their heirs under state law in a manner they would like. Some just never get around to making specific legal arrangements to protect their survivors. …