Friday, September 30, 2011

Discussing The Seven Principles of Wealth

In addition to discussing the 7 benefits of estate planning, I also covered the 7 principles of wealth during my presentation at the American Embassy in Jamaica.  

The 7 principles of wealth are (1) enjoy what you do; (2) have a budget; (3) put your money to work for you; (4) protect your resources (be prudent and wise/seek professional advice); (5) access whether to own or to rent; (6) save for retirement; and (7) increase your knowledge in order to obtain your specific goalsrainawoseve pay 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Discussing the 7 Benefits of Estate Planning

I covered 2 primary topics during my presentation at the American Embassy in Jamaica.  One was the 7 principles of wealth which I will post on tomorrow and the 7 benefits of estate planning. 

The 7 benefits of estate planning are (1) protect assets; (2) save money; (3) establish a legacy; (4) address special circumstances; (5) discern elder needs; (6) distribute wealth; and (7) obtain peace of mind.  

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Death is Life - A Reflective View of My Jamaica Journey

I share with you a link to one person's reflection on my visit. She served as the Public Affairs specialist for my trip.
Her words help capture the wonderful experience I had sharing my estate planning expertise in Jamaica.  I spoke to the retired community, American Embassy personnel, college and high school students as well as those in the legal community. 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Estate Planning- Preparing For A Prosperous Future

The Founder and CEO of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons ("CCRP") thanks me for my presentation to the CCRP during my visit to Jamaica.  Estate Planning: Preparing for a Prosperous Future was well received by those in attendance.  It was a rewarding experience to reach seniors and the retirement community in Jamaica.  Seniors around the world have made significant contributions to their community and so it is only appropriate that organizations are formed to address their unique needs and interests.  It was an  honor to present to such an important and distinguished audience.   
Yvette E. Taylor-Hachoose with Jean Lowrie-Chin of CCRP

Monday, September 26, 2011

Caribbean Community of Retired Persons

Jean Lowrie-Chin, the Founder and CEO of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP), warmly welcomed me to Jamaica.   Like the AARP in the United States, the CCRP recognizes the important resource the senior population provides to the community.  As an organization,  CCRP seeks to help seniors and retired persons to live life to the fullest.  They look for sponsors to provide programs and benefits of importance to the retirement community.  

Providing advice and guidance to our seniors is part of the Elder Law services at Taylor-Hachoose Law Offices.  Contact us at

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jamaicans Interested in Estate Planning Book

At my presentations at the American Embassy and the Jamaica Fulbright Association, my most recet book Stop!  What Are You Waiting For?  Your Step By Step Guide To Estate Planning was available to the attendees.  In Jamaica as in the states, estate planning is important for asset protection, asset distribution and legacy creation. 

Making the book available nationally and internationally to encourage estate planning everywhere is one of the primary goals of my legal practice.  Plan now for a prosperous future by getting your Will done today.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

American Ambassador to Jamaica

Estate Planning is about to get a boost in Jamaica through public forums in its cities of Kingston and Mandeville.  The estate planning topic is being sponsored by the United States Embassy on September 22 and 23, 2011.  I will serve as the Guest Speaker and subject matter expert. 

This is an opportunity which is important for many reasons.  Of course, it is a topic that I write about and feel is critically important to everyone.  With these particular presentations, I also have the opportunity to be hosted by and present to my former undergraduate professor.  Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater taught in the Political Science Department of Morgan State University before her stella career in the foreign service.  She continues to be a role model to all her former students and to many others whose lives she has touched.  I look forward to being a part of the American Embassy's important work in Jamaica. 


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jamaica - The Artist and Estate Planning

Estate planning is of particular importance in the Art world.  However, many artist, like most folks, have not attended to getting their affairs in order.  Whether it is visual, musical or other art forms, it is important that the artist protect and preserve his or her intellectual property rights, his or her copyrights or his or her ownership of work produced in a physical form. 

I had a conversation during my recent visit to The National Gallery of Jamaica about Artists and Wills.  The museum has seen first hand what could happen to works on loan when an artist dies without making provisions for his art work.  Money and time can be saved when an artist makes his plans clear by having a Will and keeping it up to date. 

We all have loved ones we want to protect and assets to preserve and pass on.  Contact our offices at for your estate planning needs.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Jamaica - Local News

Whenever I speak in a foreign country, I read their local papers for current events.  You want to understand what is happening in a country during your visit.  It helps with the relevancy of my presentation to put it into a local context. 

In this morning's paper, The Gleaner, there was a probate question posed by one of the readers.  The response was provided by a local attorney.  It was strikingly similar to inquiries I have addressed.  What happens when the original will can not be found?  What happens if the executor named in the will is deceased?  What happens if the executor named in the will does not want to serve?  These and a host of other questions will be addressed in my upcoming presenation. 

By the way, if you were wondering, (1) if the original will can not be found, there are ways to qualify a copy; (2) you need a death certificate to show an executor named is deceased; and (3) if an executor does not want to serve, they have to file a renounciation form.  Contact us at for your other estate planning needs and questions.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jamaica - The Politics of the Times

My love and interest in politics started early on when I was in high school.  I followed that interest to college and majored in Political Science.  Now when I travel for any of my international presentations, I take an interest in the politics of the visited country. 

During my visit to Jamaica, one of the political parties was holding its 73rd Annual Conference.  And, I was able to observe some of its proceedings.  Like the U.S., there are 2 dominate political parties; the Jamaica Labour Party and the People's National Party.  A former colleague of mine who is from Jamaica and was also a political science major, has held a significant post during the People's National Party's prior administration.

It will be interesting to follow Jamaica's upcoming election since visiting this beautiful country as a specialist speaker.  Contact us at for all your estate planning needs.    

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Blue Mountains of Jamaica

On Saturday, I had an opportunity to relax at a restaurant in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica with Ambassador Bridgewater and her assistant, Jackie.  With its organic menu, from our garden to your plate, Eits gives you a view and food that nourishes the body and soul.  I want to be ready mentally and physically for the upcoming week of presentations. 

I am finding that there are lots of Jamaican business owners and the need for business succession planning is evident.  The wonderful places that I have been and will be able to visit while in Jamaica have to be around for generations to enjoy and prosper.  But, that requires planning and the tpye of planning I will be addressing during this visit. 

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Jamaica - Business of Diplomacy

I arrived in Jamaica this evening.  After leaving the states, where the temperature had dropped to 50 degrees, I stepped off the plane into a warm 80 degree evening.  I was expedited through immigation into a waiting car to take me to the residence of the Jamaican Ambassador.  I will stay at the residence during my week  on the beautiful island of Jamaica.

I was awarded the U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant to lecture on Financial and Estate Planning for Women.  My first grant was awarded in 2008 to lecture in Ghana and this one is to present in Jamaica.  There is a need both national and internationally to focus attention on getting ones' affairs in order.  If not for yourself, then for those you love.  When I reach beyond my own borders, I am able to still reach those at home.  Whether through blogging or news coverage, the message is delivered.  At some point the message hits home and action is taken.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Are You Prepared?

It has been an extreme weather event for the last 2 weeks.  First, we were hit with Hurricane Irene and then torrential rains causing more flooding.  How do you prepare for the unexpected?  We do not know when a loss might occur but we do know that if it does, we will need some protection.  Therefore, most of us purchase insurance for that potentiality. 

Well, with estate planning, we are also preparing for the unexpected (in many cases) but yet inevitable.  We want to protect our family and preserve our assets.  The only way to do that is to plan in advance. 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It Takes A Village

We often say that it takes a village to raise a child.  This African proverb, popularized in recent times by Hilliary Clinton's book of the same name, is very true.  There are many people who have no children of their own but have taken on siginificant roles in the lives of children.  That person could be a caring neighbor who is there for before and after school help and more; a special Aunt whose home is always available to a neice or nephew; a teacher who steps out beyond the classroom; or, a recent widow with time to give. 

Estate planning is an important part of the lives of people who nurture, give, and love in the way of the village.  Their stories, wishes and desires form an important part of my practice.  If you want to make sure those you have nurtured and loved during your lifetime recieve a share of your assets, then a Will is an important document for you to have. 

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