Attorney urges estate planning for retirees Aug. 21 at Stillwater Public Library class

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drew ihrig  Attorney Drew Ihrig will provide estate planning advice to local retirees Aug. 21 at Stillwater Public Library. 

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Aug. 2, 2013) — Oklahoma State University Emeriti Association and Stillwater Public Library will offer an estate planning class for retirees on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 1:30 p.m.  The class, “The Five Most Important Estate Planning Documents,” will be presented by attorney Drew Ihrig during this month’s “Making the Most of Retirement” meeting, which is a series focusing on topics retirees most often confront.
 
“One of the biggest mistakes retired people make is thinking they don't have a big enough ‘estate’ to matter,” said Ihrig. “Everyone has an estate, and everyone has an estate plan.  The problem is that either you can choose one yourself or the state will choose one for you after you die.”
 
The class will cover techniques for controlling end of life decisions and disposal of assets using wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and healthcare powers of attorney.
 
“Each of these documents is an important part of you estate plan,” said Ihrig.  “You will need to think about adding documents like these to do everything from transferring wealth to minimizing taxes to ensuring your last wishes are carried out.”
 
For those who think it is too late to make estate plans, Ihrig says there is no time like the present to begin.
 
“It is never too late to plan your estate,” said Ihrig.  “Careful estate planning ensures that your wishes are carried out regarding assets, health care, etc.  You make the decisions so if or when the time comes, then your loved ones won't have to do it.”
 
Ihrig, who graduated from OSU in 2002 and Oklahoma City University Law School in 2006, is of counsel to Baker & Ihrig, P.C. which serves North-Central Oklahoma with offices in Stillwater, Blackwell and Bartlesville. The firm primarily engages in the general civil practice of law with an emphasis in probate, estate planning and general civil litigation.
 
“Making the Most of Retirement” meets the third Wednesday of each month.  All retirees are invited to attend the free programs, and no registration is required.  Upcoming programs include “Volunteer Opportunities in Stillwater” on Sept. 18 and “Nutritional and Dietary Issues Relating to High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol” on Oct. 16.
 
Retirees interested in learning more about the programs should visit http://retiredinstillwater.wordpress.com or contact the library at 405-372-3633 x106 or askalibrarian@stillwater.org.
 
The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).  Visit the library online at http://library.stillwater.org.
 
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