Putting Your Affairs in Order Series

"Putting your affairs in order" means planning ahead for your death by handling whatever legal and financial or other details you need to handle, so that (ideally) nothing gets left in the air for others to untangle when you go…None of us like to think about death or the necessity of preparing for it.  But it is so very important in helping to relieve the burdens on our loved ones when that time comes.  As painful as it may seem, advance planning can help you avoid legal battles and other emotionally exhausting experiences during one of the most difficult times of your life. This month the caring committee has planned a series of presentations to inform and educate us on how to put our affairs in order.  

What Judaism Says about Death with Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein 

Sunday, February 3 from 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM   

Rabbi Bernstein will present on Jewish attitudes, customs, beliefs and practices regarding death, afterlife and morning.  

Putting Your Affairs in Order: Legal Lens with Susan Pollack

Wednesday, February 20 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM  

Susan Pollack was named one of Washington’s Best Lawyers in the December 2011 Washingtonian Magazine.  She is adept in elder law and estate planning.  Susan is licensed to practice law in both Virginia and the District of Columbia and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Trust and Estate section. Susan plans to present on the legal aspects of putting one’s affairs in order including but not limited to: Living Wills, Health Care Proxy Forms, Power of Attorney and Advanced-Care Directives.                                                             

Putting Your Affairs in Order: Financial Lens with Joel Stillman           

Wednesday, February 27 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM        

Joel E. Stillman, J.D., CFP, CLU is a Certified Financial Planner, a Chartered Life Underwriter and an attorney.  He has over 30 years of experience in comprehensive financial planning helping people organize their financial affairs by designing and implementing financial strategies to achieve their individual goals and objectives in order to achieve a secure financial future for themselves and their family.  Mr. Stillman will speak about the financial aspects of putting ones affairs in order including but not limited to: estate planning, organizing financial information and trusts and charitable giving.

Putting Your Affairs in Order: Burial and Funeral Planning

Sunday, March 17 from 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Professionals from Jefferson Funeral Chapel, Edward Sagel Funeral Direction and King David Memorial Gardens of National Memorial Park will discuss traditional Jewish burial preparation and practices as well as more modern options, the advantages of making pre-need arrangements and what is required as far as burial in the Jewish part of the cemetery vs one of the interfaith sections. This is not a marketing opportunity for these companies, but purely an informational opportunity to ask questions about what to expect, what information you will need to have on hand, and anything else you would like to know,  in a “no pressure” atmosphere.