A free Estate Planning Workshop will be held in Columbus on Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Central Community College Campus.

The workshop is free, but you do need to register with Karen Mroczek, 402-562-1249 or email: kmroczek@cccneb.edu. 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; Tom and Jim Fehringer, Fehringer and Mielak, LLP; Jim Gustafson, Nebraska Community Foundation; and Jan Schmeits and Jordan Mueller, Schmeits, Mueller & Martinsen, PC.

First National Bank 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.

With questions or to register contact with Karen Mroczek, 402-562-1249 or email: kmroczek@cccneb.edu. The program will be held in the West Education Center at CCC, in Room 205.

For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension, for Farm Succession, 402-472-1771 or email: avyhnalek2@unl.edu.