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EPQ Test

What's Your EPQ (Estate Planning Quotient)?


1)    If you die without a will or living trust, who decides what happens to your money?

       a)  The U.S. government

       b)  Your state government

       c)  Your oldest relative


2)    A living trust can save estate taxes that a will cannot.

       a)  True

       b)  False


3)    Life insurance and retirement plans should be considered as part of your estate plan.

       a)  True

       b)  False


4)    Can Five Acres benefit from your good intentions if you die before making a will or living trust that includes Five Acres as a beneficiary?

       a)  Yes

       b)  No


For more information about planned giving, please contact Cynthia Nickell, at (626) 798-6793 or email her at: cnickell@5acres.org.  Results of the E.P.Q. test are:





1)    b.  State law determines who inherits through the law of intestacy.


2)    b.  False. Both a will and a living trust can save taxes.  A living trust also allows your estate to avoid probate, which can be costly. A living trust provides other benefits but not necessarily tax savings.


3)    a. True  These are ideal means for providing charitable gifts with significant tax savings.


4)    b.  No. That's why it's important to act on your intentions now.


They Should Be Supported

Pauline Ledeen’s Story:

Up the narrow streets at the top of the foothills in southwest Pasadena is Pauline Ledeen’s beautiful home with a 360-degree vista of the city.  At 94 years of age you’d expect to find her relaxing on the veranda taking it all in.  She’s certainly earned retirement.  But Pauline is still putting her law degree to use for those who are on the margins of society. She still goes to the office at the Jewish Committee for Personal Service and has a caseload of inmates in county jail.  

{mosimage}Years ago Pauline tutored children in the second grade at Pasadena’s San Rafael School where she met a little girl who carried a snack of carrots in a sack on her belt.  Pauline commented that her mother must love her very much. The little girl replied that she didn’t have a mother. Pauline deduced that the child was most likely a resident of one of Pasadena’s orphanages.

Someone eventually introduced Pauline to Five Acres. “I became interested in your little people and decided to contribute. I like the concept. These little kids have a home, not like an orphan’s home, not just a place where kids are dumped.  Yours are good programs. They should be supported, that’s all.”

Giving comes naturally to Pauline who grew up in a family whose “charity box” was set out every Friday night into which all members of the family emptied their pockets. “I am glad I grew up with that consciousness. My life has certainly been enriched by giving.  

Pauline’s commitment to help people on the margins of society led her to include the children of Five Acres in her will.  “God has blessed me with meeting people like the folks at Five Acres.” 

For information about ways to remember Five Acres in your estate plan, please contact Cynthia Nickell at (626) 798-6793 Ext. 2250 or email her.