Estate Planning Workshop – January 6

A free Estate Planning Workshop will be held in Columbus on Wednesday, January 6, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., at the Central Community College Campus.  The workshop is free, but you do need to register with Amanda Polacek at 402-562-6255, or e-mail her at

Topics include proper family communications for estate planning, estate planning basics, establishing your legacy with planning, and tax consequences of estate planning.  Presenters include: Allan Vyhnalek, Nebraska Extension; Jim Gustafson, Nebraska Community Foundation; Tom and Jim Fehringer, Fehringer and Mielak, LLP; and Jan Schmeits and Jordan Mueller, Schmeits & Mueller P.C.

Pinnacle Bank and Pinnacle Trust Services is providing the lunch for the participants.  The other cooperating sponsors include: Central Community College, The Columbus Area Community Foundation, Nebraska Extension, and the Nebraska Community Foundation.

The sooner you start making estate plans the better.  Participants in past workshops always say the workshop is great, but they wished they would have gone sooner in life.  It is also very helpful to have representatives of several generations of the family present at the workshop. The information provided will be appropriate for all families. Examples related will include planning information for small businesses and farming operations.

Speaking from a personal standpoint, one thing I am pleased to report was that my Mom had her affairs in order at her passing.  With funeral planning complete, and the estate plan in order, the work after the funeral went so much smoother and without any complication.  One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is to have your affairs in order.  I will always appreciate my Mom for having that done.

Contact Amanda Polacek with questions or to register at 402-562-6255.  The program will be held in the West Education Center at CCC, in Room 205.

Note: The Platte county Extension Office is closed starting at Noon on December 24 through December 25 for the Christmas Holiday.  The office will also be closed on January 1st for New Year’s Holiday.

For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Platte County.  Phone: 402-563-4901 or e-mail