"Clancy is a fine lawyer but, more importantly, he has become a very good friend. He has a tender listening ear towards family matters and desires to make your legal issues less stressful and more beneficial for all that are concerned. I trust him with all of my heart."

Judee Steward

"You guys make the lawyer-business interesting and engagin, so I don't dread appointments at your office. I think that's quite an achievement!"

Ron & Kristen Steward

"I personally used Parks & Jones for my family trust and have referred my family members and several of my clients. I could not be more pleased with the entire team at Parks & Jones. They genuinely listen, they explain things very well, and most importantly, they truly care. I would highly recommend Parks & Jones."

BRIAN ASKINS

"AMAZING!They really helped my mother in law and I appreciate them asking great questions that really helped uncover what was best for her.Thank you to the Parks and Jones team!Highly recommend their services."

LANDON McCARTER

"We like how Clancy stays in touch with us. We feel like he really cares about us and our situation. His staff is also very responsive to our situation. His staff is also very responsive to our needs."

Dean and Joanne Knapp

"Joy and I have known Clancy since he was a little boy. We consider him part of the family. As a lawyer, he has handled our estate with professionalism, follow-through, and genuine care."

Tom Dye, Former KYTV Channel 3 Weatherman

"Our previous experience with attorneys was impersonal and unresponsive. Clancy changed all that for us and has been an excellent advisor and soundingboard as we dealth with our estate planning and business issues."

Jeff and Lynette Goetzinger

Becoming a Client of Parks & Jones


Understanding the Three P’s of Estate Planning

#1 – People

Who are the Important People in your life? Beginning with yourself, they also likely include your loved ones: your spouse if you are married, children and grandchildren if you have any, perhaps your parents, siblings or other relatives. Beyond these, however, “Important People” also could include charities, special causes, colleges or universities, or churches to which you are committed. For some, “Important People” could even include pets. Spend some time thinking about the impact others have had on your life. Make a list and jot notes if you like. This is where the planning process truly begins.

#2 – Property

By Property we mean your assets in general. Make a list of the assets you own or control. At this point, you do not need to identify insurance policy numbers and exact dollar values. Rather think through your assets in terms of their nature (cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, etc.); their value in thousands of dollars; and your ownership interest—do you own assets in your name only, in joint tenancy with someone else, or through a trust agreement or some other arrangement? Be sure to include often-overlooked assets like life insurance (the death benefit and the cash value), business interests, and any inheritance you may expect to receive.

#3 – Plans

After identifying the Important People in your life and your Property, the next step is to consider the plans you would make for those people (including yourself) and that Property in the event of your own incapacity or death.

Who would you name to make decisions for you if you could no longer do so yourself? Would the same person handle your finances and your personal and healthcare decisions? Who would care for your minor children? How would you distribute your assets to your heirs? Would you prefer to spare your heirs the potential cost and hassles of the probate process? Would you like to minimize the impact of estate taxes … or maximize the impact of a charitable bequest? Is there someone in your family with special needs for whom you would like to provide? Is there someone who perhaps should not receive a great deal of (or any) money without some outside oversight?

These are just a few of the issues to consider when approaching the planning process. They are much more important than the “treasure hunt” for legal documents at this stage.

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