Taking Care of Yourself as an Entrepreneur
Earlier this year the team behind Grow Georgia had the opportunity to meet the leaders of the Georgia Notary Network, Inc. (GaNN).
The Georgia Notary Network (GaNN) is a community for notaries public commissioned in the State of Georgia to connect, learn, and expand business opportunities.
Not only is GaNN navigating the service based industry, but they are also the only black woman-founded, black woman-led Georgia notary non-profit organization. Their membership is made up of other small, and diverse owned businesses on a mission to grow across Georgia.
Sydney Jordan, Vice-President of GaNN, reminded us that working on your business is important, but with professional growth, comes personal growth and new responsibilities; hopefully new wealth too! Continue reading this guest blog from Sydney on how founders can protect their assets and family as they grow their empires.
Estate Planning and Living Trusts
As your small business grows, so do your responsibilities for employees, vendors, customers, and more. Hopefully this growth is also impacting the financial wellbeing for you and your loved ones in a positive way. These growth spurts are important times to take a moment and consider your personal estate planning so that you can be intentional about where, and to whom, to your assets will go during a transition.
I know this conversation may seem daunting, but it does not have to be. The best thing we can do for our families and loved ones is to ease the amount of stress/pressure that’s put on them when we transition. If this is something you care about then you’re in the right place!
Let me introduce myself, my name Sydney Jordan, I am a Navy Veteran, Paralegal, Loan Signing Agent, and Notary. I’ve been helping families with Estate Planning since 2017 and have worked as a Paralegal for five years. While serving in the U.S. Navy, I had the privilege of helping active duty service members and Veterans with critical documents, power of attorneys, court cases, divorce, litigation, and other legal proceedings.
Once I became a Veteran in 2020, I knew I wanted to continue to help people through all sorts of legal processes. My goal was to take the confusion, frustration, and trial and error process away from my customers and clients and explain the legal process effortlessly, while helping them draft their documents. I became interested in Estate Planning when my grandfather transitioned back in 2017. Just like many other families, my family didn’t know what to do. Unfortunately, all he had was a Will and there were still many gaps in his Estate Planning. Because of this, his assets underwent a lengthy probate process instead of innately transferring to who he wanted to designate. I didn’t understand why a Will worked in such a way, that didn’t benefit the family.
During a loved one’s transition period, families have many tasks to do. They have to get a legal pronouncement of death, arrange for transportation of the body, notify the loved one’s doctor or county coroner, notify close family and friends, handle care of dependents and pets, and call the loved one’s employer (if they are still working). On top of all of this, the family needs time to mourn and cope with this new situation and some family members may need bereavement time off. This can quickly become overwhelming which causes unwanted feelings of anger and frustration. This is why families should not only have a Will, but a Living Trust.
Why a Living Trust?
A living trust holds the assets of the trust creator in a trust for his or her benefit during their lifetime. Then, upon the death of the trust creator, the assets are transferred to designated beneficiaries by the “successor trustee," the person who had been chosen by the trust creator to do so.
Trust Creator has Control of Assets
In other words, the trust creator (grand parent, mother, father) has COMPLETE CONTROL of their assets/property when they are alive, but once they transition, the designated “successor trustee” transferred these assets to whomever the (gran parent, mother, father) designated in their Trust. Simple right?
By placing your property in a living trust, however, you can avoid probate because the successor trustee distributes assets according to the trust creator's instructions without court intervention.
A living trust is a private document between the parties involved and does not become part of the public record. In other words, no one can later go and search public records to find out more about the distribution of your estate. A will, on the other hand, is public record, so everything in it becomes public as well.
All of these things can give you peace of mind now, knowing that your estate will be handled exactly as you wish later. The existence of the trust can also provide certainty and comfort to your loved ones during an already stressful time because you've laid everything out for them.
According to The Wealth Counsel, “74% of American adults believe that estate planning is a confusing topic. My process takes the confusion and frustration out of creating your Living Trust! Let me help you and your family retain generational wealth! Still not convinced?
Sydney is a wife, mom, and entrepreneur. Sydney is the owner ofSydney's Signings, LLCwhere she assists families with legal assistance. She served as a Paralegal Specialist and Notary with the U.S. Navy providing comprehensive legal assistance and Notary services to over 300 commands. She is a graduate of Columbia University where she studied Business Administration and Legal Studies. She is currently the 2022 President of the Georgia Notary Network, Inc. which is a Non-profit organization community for notaries public commissioned in the State of Georgia to connect, learn, and expand business opportunities. When she's not working, she enjoys roller skating with her three kids and hiking at state parks.
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