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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.


“Maybe You and I”

Frank Brill's Story:

Every Monday afternoon in Five Acres’ dining room 85-year-old Frank Brill reads with a child. On the weeks students are on vacation Frank sends his student a note on a greeting card. Frank began tutoring in 1996 after a visit to Five Acres with his friend and former resident Grace who told him, “You should be here every week.”

Frank was born in Brooklyn and when he was six years old began a career in show business that continues to this day from telegram deliveries in a Phillip Morris uniform to dancing for tips in the Catskills, to MCA and ABC to Las Vegas, Tahoe and Atlantic City Frank has worked with some of the biggest names in show business.

His heart, however, belongs to the children.  Beginning with Grace.

When Frank’s friend Beth Uffner was frustrated by the adoptions system, he introduced her to a judge who was consulting with Frank on a television show about juvenile delinquency. The judge put Beth in contact with a social worker who brought her to Five Acres where she found Grace and adopted her.  

Frank couldn’t be prouder of Grace if he were her father. On a wall in his home dedicated to her and his association with Five Acres is a poem Grace wrote for him at age 13. Its refrain is “Maybe you and I” and concludes:  “Maybe you and I were just meant to be.”

Frank’s commitment to children like Grace and his young students motivated him to provide for their future support through his estate plan. “I feel rewarded being part of an organization that helps society’s most vulnerable children.  It’s not an obligation.  I personally feel good helping the children.”

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