How to Avoid a Family Landmine

MILegacySociety_logo_SMThe Australian Army began recruiting dogs to track alongside soldiers during the Vietnam War. Journalist and veteran Peter Haran says he owes his life to one such dog — Caesar. In August 1967, Caesar and Haran were leading a team of men when the dog “suddenly stopped tracking, returned to me and sat on my foot. At that second a mine behind me detonated, seriously wounding five men and almost knocking me out.” After recovering from the shock, “trained engineers walked ahead of me and found a huge, unexploded bomb wired to other mines.” Even though he was only trained to track people, Caesar had detected the mine. (Story adapted from “My Dog Saved Me.”)

Today we would never think of going into a minefield unprepared! But over 70 percent of Americans are doing it every single day… by not creating an Estate Plan. When you create or update your Will, you help your family avoid potential landmines like:

  • Unexpected Cost. Without a Will, the court is forced to intervene, incurring negative impact to the value of an Estate, probate costs, and certain taxes.
  • Missed Opportunities. A Will ensures your family and loved ones are taken care of and can appreciate your legacy. It’s also a great way to bless a ministry you care about, like Mission India.

We want to help you avoid potential landmines and experience peace through an up-to-date Will. “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19

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This is general information and is not intended to be tax or legal advice. Please consult your own advisors.

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Legacy Society Members Will Receive
  1. A bi-annual Legacy Society newsletter with ministry highlights and planning resources for your family
  2. Mission India Annual Ministry Report
  3. The opportunity to encourage others with your brief testimony
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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11