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Importance of Proactive Estate Planning
J. Scot Kirkpatrick
Trust and Estates Practice Group Lead, Atlanta
"Millions of Americans don't realize that their lack of estate planning can cause their assets to be disposed of to unintended parties by default upon their death. Even the guardianship of their children can be at risk."
National Estate Planning Awareness Week (Oct. 21-27) highlights the danger Americans face by overlooking a potentially catastrophic element of financial wellness: proactive estate planning. The National Association of Estate Planners & Councils estimates more than 120 million Americans don't have up-to-date estate plans to protect themselves and their families from the IRS in the event of sickness, accident or sudden death. National Estate Planning Awareness Week provides a great opportunity to talk about the simple steps that can be taken now to protect a lifetime of earnings for the next generation.
Kirkpatrick leads the Trust and Estates Practice Group for national law firm Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Atlanta. Tom Jones chairs the corporate practice in Atlanta, maintaining a dual practice in Corporate/Business law and Trust and Estates law. With several decades' experience handling every imaginable -- and unimaginable -- twist and turn of domestic and international estate disputes, Kirkpatrick and Jones can share information to help your consumer financial audience plan ahead and preserve the assets they built over a lifetime.
Media Contact: Lacey Krauss, LKrause@piercom.com
Living Healthy Naturally
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. ("Dr. Taz")
Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Health
"As a physician, I'm used to my patients asking, 'What would you do if you were me?' Over the past few years, though, they've begun making additional inquiries. 'What do you do to stay healthy? Do you eat fat? Sugar? Do you cook?' They see me as someone who has a lifestyle similar to theirs, with a family and a demanding job, but who also has insider knowledge of what really works (and what doesn't)."
Dr. Taz, an integrative health expert focused on women and children's health, is a contributing editor to Prevention magazine and a Doctor Oz Sharecare expert. She is the best-selling author of "What Doctors Eat."
Website: http://atlantaholisticmedicine.com; http://www.doctortaz.com
Media Contact: Stephanie Wilkinson, email@example.com
Parents and Schools Are the First Line of Defense Against Cyberbullying
Nancy Z. Hablutzel
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
"Cyberbullying by children is a cruel form of torture that requires proactive approaches by parents and educational institutions to be prevented. Because children can't see the victim, they are more apt to say things that are far more hurtful than they could get away with in person. Parents who allow their children to use cell phones, computers, social media and other technology also have a moral obligation to monitor information their children send and receive. Parents must notify a school when a child is being bullied and schools must take decisive action -- whether it is suspension, counseling, or prohibition of access to technology for the bullies. For extreme cases, many jurisdictions have applicable protective orders or stalking laws. Parents, schools and communities must embrace zero-tolerance policies to prevent bullying. The bottom line: Children need guidance and discipline."
Hablutzel is available to discuss issues relating to cyberbullying. She teaches a course in "Legal Rights of Children" at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn E. Osborne, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shows Like 'The Biggest Loser' Glorify Extreme Weight-Loss Measures
Lisa S. Kantor, Esq.
Kantor & Kantor, LLP
"Weight loss on 'The Biggest Loser' promotes simplistic, yet dangerously deceptive, ideas that persuade viewers into believing that: fat is bad, weight loss can be achieved if you push yourself to the extremes, weight loss is the answer to better health and happier (more attractive) people, and extreme measures taken to achieve weight loss are safe and entertaining."
Kantor, an authority on health insurance law and mental health parity, represents people denied health benefits for treatment of both physical and mental illnesses. Most recently, she has focused her efforts litigating insurance company denials of coverage for residential treatment of eating disorders. Kantor & Kantor is the only law firm in the country with a distinct eating-disorder practice staffed with lawyers and other professionals experienced in the specific needs of people who have been denied benefits for eating disorder treatment. Kantor sues health plans that refuse coverage, or agree to pay for treatment for a short period of time, forcing patients to be discharged before their health is restored. In 2007, Kantor won the first published eating-disorder decision in California in which the court applied the state's mental health parity law to beneficiaries who sought treatment outside California. In August 2012, she won the first federal court ruling that determined health plans must pay for all medically necessary treatment for mental illnesses, including residential treatment. For her achievements, she was recently nominated by the White House as a "Champions for Change" leader helping communities focus on prevention and public health by tackling everything from childhood obesity, reducing health disparities, fighting healthcare acquired infections, to taking various innovative steps to move us towards a healthier America -- based on wellness and prevention, rather than sickness and disease.
With First Lady Michelle Obama scheduled to be a featured guest on the show next month, Kantor is available to discuss why she wishes the first lady wouldn't: http://mad.ly/879824
Media Contact: Rachel Teicher, email@example.com
What to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy
"According to Nielsen research, Americans spend about $1.9 billion on Halloween candy each year. Don't worry about weight gain, though. One candy filled day isn't going to wreck all of your hard training. It's the days that follow Halloween where most of us see weight gain because we're snacking on leftover Halloween candy. There are a few things you can do with your leftover Halloween candy without letting it go to waste. Donate it, freeze it for future treats or bake with it."
Antoian, fitness expert and founder of iBodyFit.com is available to discuss whether Halloween candy will make you gain weight, as well as what you can do with the leftovers.
Expert Contact: Franklin@iBodyFit.com
Reducing Reliance on Pesticides
Advancing Eco Agriculture
"Despite an exponential increase in the quantity and toxicity of pesticides, their ability to prevent crop loss has waned, leading to a diminishing effect across farms worldwide. Taking a nutrient-based approach can reduce the dependence on chemical pesticides and foster plants' functional immunity, leading to crops that are highly resistant to disease and insect pests without the use of these pesticides or genetically modified seeds. I've seen success in moving farms away from chemical pesticides over a three-year period, generating higher-quality crops and yields of 10-30 percent over conventional farming. These methods have also resulted in increased nutrient density of 40-50 percent or more and an increase in shelf life of fruits and vegetables by as much as 50-60 percent."
Kempf is the founder and CEO of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a regenerative agriculture products and services company. As the youngest licensed pesticide applicator in Ohio, and someone who grew up in and remains a part of the Amish community, he has a deep understanding of chemical plant applications and its relationship to plants' functional immunity. With results proven on his own farm, he went on to found AEA to share his success and methods to keep crops healthy without chemical treatments or genetic modifications.
Media Contact: Jay Austin, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Alessandra Carriero, email@example.com
Hurricane Sandy – One Year Later
Executive Vice President
allRisk Property Damage Experts
"Have you prepared for the next Sandy? The one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy is Oct. 29 (in New Jersey). It caused 117 deaths and billions of dollars in damage (the second costliest in U.S. history). A great deal of information about disaster planning and response has occurred. While we know more, today, what are the specific steps that individuals, first responders and communities can take to prevent or minimize a future disaster?"
Messina has more than 10 years of experience in disaster planning and recovery, working with state officials, institutions, businesses and homeowners. Her company was active in restoring a variety of sites at the New Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy.
Media Contact: Tom Peric, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Family Caregivers Month
Robin Anthony Elliott
Parkinson's Disease Foundation
"Each year, as 60,000 people are newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, thousands of their loved ones take on the role of care partner, a role that can last for as many as 20 or 30 years. Throughout a care partner's journey, he or she will often take on new tasks, such as coordinating doctor visits, managing finances and helping with personal needs. It is critical that we honor and support care partners all year long, and particularly during National Family Caregivers Month this November."
Elliott is available for interviews as are care partners who volunteer with the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. For more information on National Family Caregivers Month and resources available to care partners of people living with Parkinson's disease, visit www.pdf.org/caregivers_month.
ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/robinelliott
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