Passare Kicks Off New Expert Partner Series to Highlight End-of-Life Management Expertise of Content Partners

July 27, 2014
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Initial Interview with Attorney Robert Shepard Offers Guidance on Estate Planning, Wills, and Trusts

Passare, Inc. today launched its new Expert Partner Series, an insightful group of interviews with industry experts who specialize in providing consumers with important End-of Life counsel and advise. The first interview of the series is a compelling session with Passare content contributor Robert Shepard, who discusses the benefits of estate planning and importance of planning for End-of-Life legal matters. Specifically, Shepard discusses useful information regarding estate-planning issues, from drafting wills and trusts, to navigating probate court.

Shepard’s law practice and personal mission is to guide people through all aspects of End-of-Life estate planning and preparation. His philosophy aligns with Passare’s goal to provide relevant and trusted resources about a subject that impacts everyone.

Importance of Estate Planning

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According to Shepard, regardless of one’s stage in life or size of their estate, everyone should have an estate plan. Shepard noted that significant life milestones, events or passages often prompt people to create an estate plan. The birth of a child, for example, is an excellent reason to establish an estate plan.

“Having an estate plan is a responsible part of being a parent … many will say they want their assets to be passed on to their child but how can they make sure that it happens if they were to pass away when their child is only 3-years-old?”

Being a responsible parent is about being prepared. Along with planning for a college fund, starting a trust, or deciding on life insurance, a responsible parent should have an estate plan in the event of a tragedy.

Reducing Family Stress is a Powerful Motivator

Having an estate plan in place makes it easier on loved ones, no matter the age.  When a parent or grandparent passes away without an estate plan, it can leave a catastrophe for their surviving family to manage.  In addition to the grief of loss, loved ones are forced to deal with the aftermath of organizing assets and sorting through proper legalities, which is highly stressful.

“This scenario can strike a person of any age. Many of my clients are motivated to begin planning because they don’t want this to happen to them.  Often, I will see an entire family and create an estate plan for each of them,” said Shepard.

About the Passare Expert Partner Series

Shepard’s interview is the first in the Passare Expert Partner Series, which is aimed at engaging and informing people on matters related to End-of-Life.  Future interviews will highlight a new Passare expert and their relevant area of expertise: hospice care, grief support, end-of-life planning, digital assets management, Veteran benefits and services at End-of-Life, among others. New sessions with Passare experts will be released weekly.  These sessions will be available on the http://www.passare.com/resources/experts

About Passare

Passare, Inc. is the industry’s first and most comprehensive End-of-Life Management Platform. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, the privately held company is leveraging technology to transform both the way funeral homes will operate in the 21st century and the service experience for families. Passare eases the emotional, financial, and logistical burden on families by guiding them through one of life’s most important passages with greater simplicity and peace of mind. For more information, please visit www.passare.com.

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