Mind Your Own Business
October, 2019 - Issue #181
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Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples
Not every family begins with a marriage. Many couples choose to remain unmarried for a variety of personal and legal reasons. Studies have shown that an increasing number of unmarried couples are living together in deeply-committed relationships. Estate planning for unmarried couples is far more critical than for married couples.
Under the law, unmarried couples are treated no better than roommates. There is no consideration for the depth commitment, promises to care for one another and even the presence of children. No rights exist to care for one another and inherit after death. In cases where the sick or deceased's family disapproves of the relationship, the surviving person can be shut out completely.
Estate planning can ensure your loved one is able to act on your behalf if you become incapacitated and inherit from your estate. Properly-completed estate planning will give your loved one the powers they would expect to have if you were married. They will be included in any important medical and financial decision that needs to be made in your absence.
Although the estate tax law favors married couples, there are several other planning and contractual options that could give the same or similar results. Make sure your significant other is protected.
Michael Yeager of Yeager Law 471-2177

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On hand for the award presentation were John Eldridge and Ed Rate, Acura Financial Services; Cheri Fleming, Valencia Acura dealer/principal; John DeFrancisco, Valencia Acura sales manager; Claudia Ondrusek, American Honda Finance Corporation; Brian Fleming, Valencia Acura sales manager; and Mike Lipis, Valencia Acura finance manager.

Valencia Acura Awarded Acura's Council of Excellence for its 15th Year
Valencia Acura received special recognition for receiving Acura's Council of Excellence Award for its 15th consecutive year (2004-2018). In honor of their achievement, a special presentation was made to the dealership. The Council of Excellence is reserved only for dealerships that display outstanding performance in providing finance options for clients. With excellent financial services and expertise, Valencia Acura has excelled in offering the level of service and support that Acura clients expect from the Acura brand. Visit the showroom and experience the Friendship difference.
Valencia Acura 255-3000

College of the Canyons to Honor Bruce Fortine with Silver Spur Award
In recognition of his unwavering support to College of the Canyons throughout its five-decade history, the college's Foundation has named Bruce Fortine as the 2020 recipient of the prestigious "Silver Spur" Community Service Award. The award takes on particular significance this year as the college celebrates its 50th anniversary year of service to the Santa Clarita Valley. Fortine, a Santa Clarita native, was a member of the college's original board of trustees, which was elected in 1967 when local voters approved the formation of the valley's community college district. Given his involvement with the college that stretches from its earliest days to its latest accomplishments, Fortine played a significant role in establishing the college as an innovative learning institution marked by ongoing excellence. He worked behind the scenes on each of the college's five local bond measures, the first of which was passed by local voters in 1970 and provided the funding to buy the land on which the Valencia Campus is located. Fortine, who is affectionately referred to by many as "Mr. COC," is well known for sharing his passion about the college and connecting the college to resources and partnerships in almost every segment of the community.
College of the Canyons Foundation 362-3737
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