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Friday, 12 December 2014
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"Westland United Methodist, has an organization of maybe a dozen or so adults who volunteer their time to help local children. Some of these volunteers go to an elementary school near our church on a certain day of the week and pick up children who want to attend. The children walk back to the church with some of the adults. The children then eat snacks and do some physical activities before they are helped with learning fairly basic elementary school concepts. Many of these children are ones who may be behind in their learning for whatever reason and need outside support. In addition to tutoring, they are introduced to the church. The ministry is fairly new but has already grown to almost capacity. Many more volunteers and resources are needed. Children are so important and many times they are over looked for local ministries and this type of help." Donate To Westland Tutoring Ministry " Jonathan Tinsley

To read more about our 12 Days of Giving at Tressler & Associates Click Here

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Posted on 12/12/2014 5:37 PM by Jonathan Tinsley
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Thursday, 11 December 2014
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"Room in the Inn is an incredible organization that focuses on helping those who are homeless. They provide a place for people to sleep on cold nights. But beyond providing the necessities for people, they provide invaluable training. They give people the training and resources to obtain jobs and be self-sufficient. They provide spiritual and emotional help, as well. After meeting several men who are in the programs offered by Room in the Inn, it is obvious that they are immensely grateful for the way the program has helped them. Room in the Inn is changing lives." Donate To Room In The Inn" Erika Piland

To read more about our 12 Days of Giving at Tressler & Associates Click Here

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Posted on 12/11/2014 2:57 PM by Erika Piland
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014
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"Ronald McDonald House was our home away from home while our youngest daughter was in the neonatal intensive care unit the first six weeks of her life. Not only did they provide an inexpensive place to sleep - but, they also provided caring support, compassion, and information regarding our daughter's illness. They were a true blessing during a very difficult time." Donate To The Ronal McDonald House" Lisa Chaney

To read more about our 12 Days of Giving at Tressler & Associates Click Here

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Posted on 12/10/2014 1:45 PM by Lisa Chaney
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014
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The holiday countdown has begun and the season of giving is upon us!

It has been a wonderful year for the Tressler & Associates team. We feel blessed beyond measure and we are extremely grateful for our friends, families, and clients who have made our success possible. As a token of our gratitude, the Tressler & Associates team is excited to celebrate "12 Days of Giving" by donating to several organizations that our team members hold near and dear to their hearts. Each day a member of our team will share the organization they have selected as a recipient of our "12 Days of Giving" along with their reason why. It is our hope, that along with these donations, we can bring more awareness to these organizations that help make our communities merry and bright throughout the year.

If you would like to join us in donating to any of these worthy causes there will be links on each post. Please feel free to share these posts with your friends, family, and colleagues to help spread the word.

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Posted on 12/10/2014 10:45 AM by Todd Tressler
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Thursday, 04 December 2014
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We want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate with us for our 5 year Anniversary bash! We also want to thank each and every one of you who have supported us along the way, worked with us and been a part of our success. We look forward to serving you for many more years to come. We had a great evening surrounded by friends, family and business partners. We were honored to hear from Jodi McCullah of SAFE (Soldiers And Families Embraced), JT Cooper and Opal Justice for sharing their message with us and the stories of those servicemen who fought for our nation. We were entertained by Charles "Wigg" Walker and the Wigg Band. We had fun at the photo booth provided by Out of the Box and refreshments from Acme Feed & Seed. It was a fun evening of conversation, celebration and a lawyer or two showing off some dance moves.

Our theme for the evening was "Thankfulness" and we enjoyed reading the notes you left on our wall. We were inspired to read all that you were appreciative of this past year. It was great to hear such positive messages and to focus on our many blessings. It is easy to get caught up in the small stresses of our busy lives and it is always a positive thing to step back and realize all we have to be thankful for.

We have a lot of things coming up in the New Year. We just released our new website and our blog. Keep any eye on this as we hope to bring you all a wealth of helpful information that we hope will be truly useful to you. We are also in process of building out our second location in Mt. Juliet and hope to announce its official opening early in 2015. We have great aspirations for next year and once again thank you for your continued support; we couldn't do it without you!

Here are a few photos from the night. To see the full gallery of pictures Click Here.

(Special thanks and photo credit to Melodie Purcell with Angel Wings Photography)

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Posted on 12/04/2014 10:54 AM by Todd Tressler
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Thursday, 30 October 2014
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There is a common myth that estate planning is only for the elderly or the wealthy; maybe even only the elderly and wealthy.  This myth shows that few really know what estate planning involves.  Here is a hint: it's more than wills.

  1. Do you own anything? Then you need an estate plan.

Although the word "estate" sounds formal, an estate is simply what you own.  Most, if not all, people own something that they want to go to a specific person when they pass away. Whether that is a sentimental token, a family heirloom, a photo, or a pet, you probably have at least one item that you want to go to someone in particular. It does not matter the monetary value of that item, you have the right to choose where that item goes. The problem is that if you do not have a plan for the stuff that you own, no matter how much or little you own, the laws of your state will determine where that property goes.  If you are single and childless, that probably means your parents will suddenly own everything to which you lay claim. More importantly, if you have children, I'm sure you want to be the one to choose who would be the guardian of your children, rather than the State of Tennessee choosing for you.

  1. Estate planning is more than wills.

How will anyone know your healthcare wishes if you are not able to communicate them? Who do you want making healthcare decisions for you if you are not able to do so? Who will keep up with your financial matters if you are not able to do so? All of these questions are answered in a comprehensive estate plan. For example, in a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare you are able to choose a person that you would like to make healthcare decisions for you if you cannot. It also allows you to name a person (or persons) who will have access to your medical documents if you are hospitalized and unable to give the hospital permission. Similarly, a Living Will allows you to put your wishes for medical treatment in writing so that there are no questions if you are unable to communicate them. For financial and other matters, you can create a Durable General Power of Attorney to designate a person to sign on your behalf in financial matters.

For better or worse, life is uncertain at any age. Have a plan in place.

If you have any questions about this or any other legal matters Call Us: 615.444.2345 or Contact Us Here

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Posted on 10/30/2014 4:20 PM by Erika Piland
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Thursday, 02 October 2014
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I don't have children or money, therefore I don't need to worry about estate planning right now. I am young, I have plenty of time to deal with estate planning. Estate planning is so expensive.

These are common misconceptions about the law of estate planning. The truth is, estate planning is for everyone and doesn't have to be expensive.

The Basics' of Estate Planning. In the most basic terms, estate planning is a set of legal documents spelling out how you want to be cared for, and to whom and how you want your assets to be divided should you not be able to speak for yourself. These legal documents include your last will and testament, a living will, appointment of a general power of attorney and a health care agent. While each document serves a different purpose, together they empower another person to make decisions in regards to your assets, care and the care of your family in the event you are unable to.  

Estate Planning Is For Everyone. When most people hear the words "estate" or "estate planning" they conjure up an image of someone who is retiring with money or a family planning for their children. However, what most people don't realize is that no matter how large or how modest - nearly everyone has an estate to be planned for including you.

So what is in your estate? In the most basic terms, your "estate" is comprised of everything you own your home, other real estate, car, furniture, checking and savings account, life insurance, your valuables, etc. Therefore, whether you are single, married, divorced, widowed, or have children, you have an estate and can benefit from estate planning.

Estate Planning Does Not Have To Be Expensive. If you can't afford a lavish estate plan, it is important that don't put it off all together. Instead, start with a plan you can afford. For a single adult or young family, this could mean just having your basic will, health care plan and power of attorney in place. Over time, as your needs change, family change and assets grow, you can expand on your plan.

How To Get Started. The first thing to do when planning what to do with your estate is to determine what your wishes are and who you want to carry out those wishes in the case you are unable to. From there it is important to have an open conversation with your loved ones about your wishes. Next it is important to find an estate planning attorney who can help advise you on your situation. Your attorney will draft all of your estate planning documents to make sure you are taken care of no matter what life throws your way.

The Peace of Mind Benefit. The best benefit of estate planning is the peace of mind you will have knowing there is a proper plan in place for you and your family should something happen to you. If you would like to speak with a Tennessee estate planning attorney regarding your estate plan, be sure to contact us at Tressler & Associates. After all, the best gift you can give your family is the peace of mind they deserve.  

If you have any questions about this or any other legal matters Call Us: 615.444.2345 or Contact Us Here

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Posted on 10/02/2014 4:07 PM by Brittany Dugas
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