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I can honestly say, having done right at 64 of these “blurbs” since 2006, that a blurb during a pandemic was never a topic in my brainstorming sessions. We started this issue as we do with most, looking at the season and what the Southeast Collin Corridor could look for in the coming spring months. If you have lived here for at least a year, then you are familiar with the turbulent weather we can experience in the spring, so a weather preparedness issue was a standard plan for the time. We had no idea. As I review this issue, I see pictures of people we have all seen live on Facebook weekly and twice weekly, giving us the numbers, warnings, updates and really out there risking it to make sure we are safe. They are the first responders in our town, and they live in our town, so their families are worried right next door to you. Drop them a note, gift card, or a meal if you get a chance. Some of these stories are so pertinent and all are important notes to take to avoid chaos. If there is one thing we know right now (or at least my now, March 24), things can happen that are beyond unexpected, so it's good to get a handle on the ones we do know about.

Many of those are in this issue, so make copies and send out in triplicate. One last note, as always about our fantastic advertisers: they make this magazine happen and many are hoping to just ride out the storm. They are scrambling 24-7, in hopes that a virusWylie Chamber President less day in the future will present them an opportunity to make up for the losses they are experiencing. Many businesses run on a very small profit margin and the loss of a “season,” no matter what type of business, can lead to closure. Many employ our neighbors and are starting to juggle the balance between paying bills and paying employees, so spend if you can or look at a gift card for some fun later. This is a crisis of panic, so keep an eye out for each other, do the social distance thing and hunker down. We will get through this together. Lay off the toilet paper too, if you can. Stay Calm and Wash On. •

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Emily Eggart, DDS | Lonnie Guardiola, DDS | Jeffrey Pope, DDS, MS

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axwell Creek Family Dentistry is a family dental practice focused on Texas family values. Dr. Lonnie Guardiola and his team treat each patient like family and get to know them as individuals. Whether patients need a routine cleaning or a more specialized treatment, they can trust they’ll receive expert care in the comfortable, relaxing environment at Maxwell Creek Family Dentistry. Dr. Guardiola is proud to introduce his two associate doctors, Dr. Emily Eggart and Dr. Jeffrey Pope. Both doctors complement his comprehensive style of dentistry as well as the values of the practice. They were carefully selected to bring maximum value to patients’ dental care. In late 2018, Dr. Guardiola and his associates had the opportunity to relocate their office to a brandnew facility on Woodbridge Parkway in Wylie. A lot of planning and thought went into the construction of the new office; not only did Dr. Guardiola desire to bring the best technology, but he and his staff also wanted to provide a comfortable, at-home dental experience. 66 • • The TheCONNECTION • April/May 2020

Maxwell Creek Family Dentistry provides a wide range of dental services to patients of all ages, including restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, periodontal therapy, dental implants, sedation dentistry, and Invisalign clear aligners. Patients who struggle with snoring at night can receive sleep apnea treatment, allowing them to achieve a better quality of life. The practice also offers emergency dental care, often providing same-day care. Whatever kind of care patients seek, Dr. Guardiola and his team are committed to providing a holistic approach to dentistry. “The mouth is the portal to the body’s health,” said Dr. Guardiola. “We focus on improving the oral systemic health of teeth and gums, and in turn, improving overall health.” The practice uses a 3D scanner called a CBCT, which allows Dr. Guardiola and his team to gain a better view of bone structures in order to detect infections, locate root fractures, and more accurately measure anatomical structures. “We can digitally plan a smile and accurately design the placement of an implant,” says Dr. Guardiola.


Lonnie Guardiola, DDS Owner of Maxwell Creek Family Dentistry, Dr. Guardiola graduated from Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas. He maintains membership with the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, North Texas Dental Society, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists, Academy of Sleep Dentistry, Seattle Study Club, and The Spear Institute. Dr. Guardiola is passionate about helping the local community by sharing his love for dentistry. He volunteers at the Questcare Medical Clinic in Dallas to provide dentistry to those who are otherwise unable to afford it. When he’s not helping patients in his dental practice or volunteering his dental expertise for those less fortunate, he’s enjoying time with his family or attending Watermark Church in Plano.

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Dr. Eggart was born and raised in Louisiana. She attended the University of Arkansas where she graduated with honors from the William J. Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in biology. She was an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and president of the Pre-Dental Society. After college she moved to Dallas to attend Texas A&M University College of Dentistry. While in dental school, Dr. Eggart served on mission trips throughout the country and internationally. She was also involved with craniofacial research and was a leader in several student organizations. In her free time, Dr. Eggart enjoys spending time with her husband, Marc, traveling, fitness, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Jeffrey Pope, DDS, MS “This technology also allows us to detect infections that traditional radiographs may not be able to find.” Patients who haven't been to the dentist in some time are welcome with no judgment at Maxwell Creek Family Dentistry. “We want to meet patients where they are and get them where they want to be,” Dr. Guardiola says. “We’re passionate about educating patients and helping them see the benefits of what modern dentistry can offer.” Over the years, Dr. Guardiola and his team have earned the trust of countless local families. The practice boasts a near-perfect five-star review on Google. One patient raved, “I can’t write enough praise for Dr. Guardiola and his staff. Every single person in this office is professional, efficient, and pleasant.” Another patient commented, “I wish I could call them staff, but they’ve become more like family!” Bring your family to Maxwell Creek Family Dentistry to receive expert care in a comfortable, welcoming environment. A Wylie Chamber of Commerce Publication

Dr. Pope is a Dallas native and graduated high school from Jesuit College Prep. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in 2005, his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry (now Texas A&M College of Dentistry) in 2009, and his Master of Science in Oral Biology and Certificate in Periodontics from Baylor College of Dentistry in 2012. Dr. Pope is a board-certified periodontist by the American Board of Periodontology. In addition to maintaining a private practice limited to periodontics, minimally invasive surgery, and implant dentistry, Dr. Pope is an adjunct clinical professor at Texas A&M College of Dentistry teaching implant placement, bone augmentation, and minimally invasive surgical procedures to post-doctoral residents. Dr. Pope has authored or co-authored numerous publications that have appeared in textbooks and periodontal, hygiene, and dental journals. Dr. Pope has been named to D Magazine’s Best Dentist list and Texas Monthly’s Super Dentists list since 2017. Dr. Pope is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, American Board of Periodontology, Southwest Society of Periodontists, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and Dallas County Dental Society. www.wyliechamber.org • 7


How to Save a Life: Dedicated Citizens, City Staff, First Responders Contribute to Rescue 7:00 a.m. Brittany Williams’ day begins Brittany Williams, recreation programmer at Wylie Recreation Center, arrived at work an hour earlier than her usual 8 a.m. start time. She was working on a project and wanted to have plenty of time to make rounds, check on staff, and make sure the fitness floor and climbing wall were ready to go. It seemed like a normal day. It was not. As Brittany settled in at her desk, ready to begin the day’s work, she heard commotion, and Justine McGee at the front desk shouted, “Brittany!” She rushed out of her office, wondering what had happened. “So many things go through your mind,” she said. “Is there trouble with a guest, an active shooter, has someone had a stroke or heart issue?” Justine told her that a guest had collapsed upstairs; rec center patron Garrett Pittman had run down with the news. Brittany confirmed that Justine was calling 911; Justine tossed her a walkie-talkie and she rushed upstairs. 8:01:51 a.m. Dispatch is called 8:02:55 a.m. WFR is en route As Brittany arrived on the second floor, she saw a group gathering around rec center regular, Antonio McPherson, age 51, who had collapsed on the fitness floor. Those who work out in the morning had become a close-knit community, and two patrons, Zayhab Salim 8 • The CONNECTION • April/May 2020

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and Nahari Abdullah, had seen him fall and immediately alerted rec center monitor Hector Ramirez with cries of “Help! Help!” Hector ran to Antonio and saw that he was on the floor and unresponsive. As Brittany drew near the group, she heard a haunting sound she will never forget: the low, abnormally constant moan of someone in cardiac distress. “I didn’t know whether he had fallen, maybe hit his head, until I heard that moaning. It was steady, non-stop; from my training, I knew this was a sign of a heart issue.” Brittany automatically slipped into a leadership role. CPR training is a requirement for rec center employment, and she has taken it many times. She’s also worked at a high school and holds a degree in exercise and sports management. “First aid response teaches you to be the one in charge – this is a problem, let’s fix it. There’s an issue, he needs help now – I can do it.” Hector, who had been kneeling beside Antonio, went to retrieve the AED (automated external defibrillator), which was coincidentally located near where Antonio had collapsed. Brittany administered 10 to 15 CPR compressions while Hector pulled up Antonio’s shirt in preparation for the electrical AED pads; however, Antonio inhaled a gasping breath – then stopped. Brittany did a second round of compressions, and once more he breathed then stopped. She performed a third set. He breathed a third time and stopped again.


Front row from left, Barbie Morrow, Sara Zerger, Firefighter Corinne Moore, Firefighter/Paramedic Jacob Nichols, Firefighter/Paramedic Cory Watts, Battalion Chief Katy Willoughby, Antonio McPherson, Justine McGee, Zayhab Selim, Nahari Abdullah, second row, Councilman David Dahl, WPD Officer Matthew Tallo, Firefighter/ Paramedic Catherine Buckmire, Driver/Engineer Brandon Storm, Chief Brandon Blythe, Jalene Giles, Brittany Williams, Peyton Kemp, Garret Pittman, Shametra Leonard, Hector Ramirez, third row, Firefighter/Paramedic Edwin Barmey, Capt. Robert Nishiyama, Firefighter/Paramedic Stephen Ham. Photo by Craig Kelly

8:03:15 a.m. Classification changed to cardiac arrest Meanwhile, as Justine stayed on the phone with Sara Zerger in Dispatch, she continued to receive updates. When she learned that CPR had begun, she informed Dispatch, and the classification was changed to cardiac arrest. The situation was grave, and additional units would be needed to render aid. Justine asked rec center childcare monitor Shametra Leonard to wait out front for the first responders. Wylie Police Officer Matthew Tallo arrived at approximately 8:03 and took over CPR. 8:04:53 a.m. Wylie Fire Rescue arrives Wylie Fire Rescue Squad 142, a medical unit with firefighter/paramedics Edwin Barney and Corey Watts on board, arrived at 8:04, a quick three minutes after the call. They took over patient care and began administering life support care until the ambulance arrived, staffed by Paramedic Catherine Buckmire and EMT Jacob Nichols. Brittany and the other rec center staff continued to support the rescue efforts, moving people back, cordoning off the area, and clearing a path to the elevator, hopeful that the patient would revive and need to be transported. 8:11 a.m. First defibrillation shock administered Battalion Chief Katy Willoughby, who oversaw the rescue effort, said that Antonio was found in “V fib,” or having an abnormal heart rate that cannot sustain a pulse. A Wylie Chamber of Commerce Publication

The squad administered a life-giving shock at 8:11. There was no change. Antonio received a second shock at 8:13 – again no change. He was shocked a third time and given medication at 8:18. This time he returned to a normal rhythm. 8:23:14 a.m. Patient transported to hospital “The patient was then moved to the cot and taken to the ambulance,” Chief Willoughby said. Firefighter/ Paramedic Stephen Ham, Firefighter/Paramedic Edwin Barney, Driver/Engineer Brandon Storm, Firefighter Corinne Moore, Firefighter/Paramedic Cory Watts, Firefighter Lizz Rock, and Capt. Robert Nishiyama had also arrived and assisted with the rescue. 8:36:09 a.m. Patient arrives at hospital Antonio was taken to Methodist Richardson Medical Center, where he was treated by John George, MD, FACP, FACC, interventional cardiologist on staff. “Everyone involved did exactly what they were supposed to do to save this patient,” Dr. George said. “When cardiac arrest happens outside of a hospital setting, the survival rate is very low. That’s why bystander CPR is so important.” “Everyone was willing to do their part; everybody played their role so well!” Brittany said, adding that staff members did what they had been trained to do, and she was impressed with the patrons who pitched in and assisted, then stepped back when it was more helpful to clear the way. continued ~ www.wyliechamber.org • 9


Antonio is alive and well and attended the Feb. 25 Wylie City Council meeting to assist with the presentation of plaques of recognition to everyone who acted so rapidly and correctly to save his life. “The patient, Mr. Antonio McPherson, is here tonight because of the efforts of all these individuals,” said Chief Brandon Blythe. “Everyone did what they were trained to do. The initial call was amazingly calm. Citizens, rec center staff, first responders – everyone did everything right.” He reminded everyone of the rapid response time. “Advanced Life Support Squad 142 arrived three minutes and five seconds after the call, and, from the event to the ER was only 35 minutes and 31 seconds. Everyone’s actions made a difference and saved this man’s life.” Blythe also noted that this was the second such incident within a week. On Jan. 19, two citizens, Jason Crump and Conner Johnston, saw a young man, Landon Wyrick, collapse while out jogging. Connor’s wife called 911, and the men administered CPR until first responders arrived. Chief Blythe stressed the importance of CPR training and being ready to take action. “According to the National Heart Association, 90% of sudden cardiac arrest incidents are fatal; however, that drops to 45% if bystander CPR is administered,” he said.

“The way everyone jumped into action Jan. 23 makes me extremely proud and should make city management and the city council proud as well. “Unlike more than half of the workers who can’t get CPR or AED training and may not even know where the AED is in their place of business, all our employees are trained at all levels, will know how to respond, and will take action.” Antonio had his opportunity to speak at the meeting. “I moved here three years ago from Plano, and I thought this was ‘a little old town, little old Wylie.’ I work with seniors, as an activities director at a facility in Plano, and when I take that road to Wylie, and see that big old sky, Wylie just feels different, dreamy, almost movie-like.” Describing himself as a runner who has jogged on all the roads in town, he said he joined the rec so he could run inside when the weather is too hot or cold. “I’ve embraced this town in ways that I never thought I would,” he added. “Every day when I get up at 3:30, I think about the days since Jan. 23. I have visited the fire stations and the rec center and have given more hugs and said more thank you’s than I ever thought I would do, say, or administer. “I love you all so much; I feel like a ‘son of Wylie.’ So I’ll say it again! I love y’all – and thank you!” •

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he National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration logged 52 tornadoes, 508 hailstorms and 590 reports of high damaging winds in Texas in 2018. (The statistics for 2019 have not yet been released.) These weather events can happen any time of the year but occur most frequently in the late spring and early summer. The Center for Disease Control, the National Weather Service, and the American Red Cross offer advice about being prepared for storms. Most of this information involves assembling disaster kits, making escape plans and staying safe once storms hit. While physical safety is paramount, the assurance that your home could be rebuilt is important, too. We talked to several local agents about the kind of insurance needed and the procedures involved with making a claim. What kind of home insurance should most homeowners have? State Farm agent Adam Leggett: Replacement Cost with an All-Peril Policy Farmers agent Gene Ryan: A true replacement cost policy. Most companies will tell you that your coverage is based on replacement cost; however when you read the loss settlement clause you will find payouts are based on something other than true replacement; for example, "Fair Market Value" or "Actual Cash Value," which are not based on replacement cost. It is the biggest asset anyone will ever buy: Make sure it is covered correctly. Wylie Insurance Kylie Reising: You should have a homeowner’s policy that covers the dwelling, personal property and personal liability. This should be written on a full replacement cost basis. What about renters? KR: Even though you don’t own a home, you should have coverage for your personal property and personal liability. AL: Very inexpensive way to cover your personal belongings and to provide you with some liability on your residence. GR: Absolutely renters need to have insurance. If their assets/personal property were lost in a fire, would they be able to replace everything out of their own pocket? Often the renter may think “I don't have that 12 • The CONNECTION • April/May 2020

much,” and this very reason is why they should carry property protection. How much content insurance is enough? GR: Imagine you lost everything in a fire or tornado. What dollar amount would you need to replace your clothing, furniture, linens, plates, silverware, computers, toys ... etc. Most home policies express the dollar amount as percentages of coverage based on the dwelling amount. This may be enough, too little, or more than you need. You can build your home policy to your specific needs. Renters are a little different, but the question really boils down the same answer. What amount of coverage do you need to replace all your belongings – right down to your shoes and socks? What types of things are not covered by insurance? AL: That’s a very broad question. The two types of home policies are All Risk verses Named Peril. The most common named perils are: fire, lightning, explosion, riots, aircraft, smoke, vandalism, theft, falling objects, weight of ice, accidental discharge of water, but each policy is very different. Also – the reason that question is too broad is that there may be coverage, but the way something pays out might surprise or disappoint you to the point where you think there was no coverage. Who should have flood insurance? GR: Everyone, but that may not be realistic – definitely


anyone in a flood plain or who lives near water and anyone living below sea level. Can insurance cover tree replacement? GR: There is usually limited coverage for landscaping built into your home policy, including tree removal should they either fall on your house or block a driveway or main entry. AL: Yes – if damaged by fire or storm. Should you opt for a high deductible? AL: Depends on your risk tolerance and your ability to come up with larger amounts of funds (a higher deductible). KR: Generally, you will benefit in premium saving. GR: Everyone one should carry as high a deductible as they can afford. A higher deductible may help keep premiums lower, but in the event of a loss can you afford to be paid less by the insurance company? Usually the deductible has the biggest impact on partial losses – for example, hail damage to a roof. What’s the difference between replacement coverage and actual cash value coverage? KR: Replacement cost pays what it actually costs to replace the damage without depreciation. Actual cash value takes depreciation as part of the claims process. We highly recommend a policy with full replacement cost. GR: A market value is what a home can be purchased for. A replacement cost is what it will cost the insurance company to completely rebuild (including but not limited to: clearing the land for example). AL: Replacement cost takes your damaged item and allows you to purchase a brand new item regardless of the age of the item. Explain the process for claim filing: How soon should a claim be filed, whom should the claim be filed with, etc. GR: It is best if the insured party files the claim as soon as possible, making any temporary repairs to prevent further damage form occurring. The claim can either be filed directly with the carrier or through the insuring agent. Usually the agent is the first course of action.

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A Simple, Life Saving Device By Jeanie Marten

This story starts in 2006 with my mom flying to Dallas to hang out with her grandbabies (aka, Ian and Sean Marten, then 3 years old and 6 months old respectively). We were having a wonderful visit when we got the call that there was tragedy back in New Mexico. She and I flew back to New Mexico to plan a funeral. It was surreal.

We learned that her husband, Anthony, had taken his niece and their RV on a short trip into the Northern New Mexico mountains to go fishing. This was something that he and my mother did regularly. This time however, Anthony didn’t light the pilot light for the heater correctly and it filled the RV with carbon monoxide. He passed away but his niece happened to fall asleep next to a slightly opened window. It saved her life. She was extremely ill for several days but survived. The Center for Disease Control reports that more than 400 people in the U.S. die from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning every year and more than 20,000 people visit the emergency room with more than 4,000 others being hospitalized. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is produced by burning fuel in vehicles,

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pring is typically known as severe weather season in Texas. Keep in mind, however, that severe weather can happen at any time through the year. We’ve had tornadoes occur in September, October and December as well. Here are some ways to prepare for severe weather: Watch vs. Warning Know the difference. A “watch” means the potential exists for the development of severe weather based on the type of watch. For instance, if a thunderstorm watch is issued, it means conditions are right for a thunderstorm to form in the forecasted watch area. A “warning” means that severe weather is imminent or already occurring based on radar or weather spotter observation. Remember, when a thunderstorm warning is issued, pay attention for rapidly changing conditions. A tornado watch or warning can be issued quickly after a thunderstorm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service. Warning Methods Have several ways to receive weather alerts; don’t just depend on one method. The following are ways to receive information regarding severe weather threats: • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on your cell phone. Be sure you have this turned on under Notifications • Weather apps on your cell phone • Your favorite TV network • Weather radio which has battery backup in case of power loss • Nixle. Text your Zip Code to 888777 to receive weather alerts from the City Emergency Preparedness Kit Plan ahead and prepare an emergency preparedness kit before disaster strikes. This is basically household items you may need in an emergency. Being prepared means having your own supplies to last at least 72 hours. Pack these items in a bag or tote for safe keeping in a

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place that is easily accessible. Items may include, but are not limited to: • Flashlight/extra batteries • Weather radio • Non-perishable food • Can opener • Water • Hand sanitizer • Cash (ATMs may be down due to power loss) • First-aid kit • Blankets • Extra change of clothes • Heavy-duty shoes Everyone has different needs so consider what you need on a daily basis and pack the following while taking kids, seniors and pets into consideration: • Prescriptions/medications • Extra eye glasses/contacts/solution • Baby/child items like diapers, formula, toys, games to keep them occupied • Items for pets, including leash, bowl, food, water, toys, treats Remember to replace expired items and update the kit according to the changing needs of your family/pets. Go to www.ready.gov/kit for more information on creating your own emergency disaster kit. Outdoor Warning Sirens Do NOT rely on outdoor warning sirens to alert you of severe weather at night or while indoors. These are used to warn those who are outdoors of impending danger and that they need to go indoors and get further information on the situation that is occurring. Outdoor warning sirens are not meant to be heard by those who are indoors. This is why it’s critical to have more than one method to receive alerts. •


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“I already had my EMT certification, so I accelerated six weeks ahead,” he said. “I knew what was going on, and that made the Army-oriented medicine easier to understand.” Like Bullock, DeRose is glad that EMT classes will be available at the new Wylie Campus. He believes that everyone in his hometown could benefit from taking EMT classes. “I highly recommend taking these classes even if you aren’t going into the medical field,” DeRose said. “These are good skills to know. If someone needs help, you don’t have to wait for the ambulance to come.” As a combat medic, DeRose is prepared for any eventuality. “I love what I am doing now,” DeRose said. “Not only do I get to be in the Army, but I have knowledge, and I am always ready to help somebody.” For more information about Collin College’s Wylie Campus, visit www.collin.edu/campuses/wylie. •


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etting rich quick can be liberating, but it can also be frustrating. Sudden wealth can help you address retirement saving or college funding anxieties, and it may also allow you to live and work on your terms. On the other hand, you’ll pay more taxes, attract more attention, and maybe even contend with jealousy or envy. You may also deal with grief or stress, as a lump sum may be linked to a death, a divorce, or a pension payout decision. Windfalls don’t always lead to happy endings. Take the example of Alex and Rhoda Toth, a Florida couple down to their last $25 who hit a lottery jackpot of roughly $13 million in the 1990s. Their feel-good story ended badly: by 2006, they were bankrupt and facing tax fraud charges. Or Janite Lee, who won $18 million in the Illinois Lottery. Just eight years later, she filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy; she had $700 to her name and owed $2.5 million to creditors. Windfalls don’t necessarily breed “old money” either. Without a long-range vision, one generation’s wealth may not transfer to the next. As Fast Company notes, the wealth built by one generation fails to migrate to the next 70% of the time, and two generations later, it is gone 90% of the time. What are some wise steps to take when you receive a windfall? What might you do to keep that money in your life and your family for years to come? Keep quiet, if you can. If you aren’t in the spotlight, don’t step into it. Who really needs to know about your newfound wealth besides you and your immediate family? The Internal Revenue Service, the financial professionals you consult or hire, and your attorney. The list needn’t be much longer. What if you don’t have the opportunity to keep quiet? Winning a lottery prize, selling your company, signing a multiyear deal – when your wealth is publicized, expect friends and strangers to come knocking at your door. Be fair, firm, and friendly – and avoid handling the requests on your own. One generous handout may risk opening the floodgate to others. Let your financial team review appeals for loans, business proposals, and pipe dreams. Yes, your team. If big money comes your way, you need skilled professionals in your corner: a tax professional, 28 • The CONNECTION • April/May 2020

an attorney, and a wealth manager. Ideally, your tax professional is a Certified Public Accountant and tax advisor, your lawyer is an estate planning attorney, and your wealth manager pays attention to tax efficiency. Think in stages. When a big lump sum enhances your financial standing, you need to think about the immediate future, the near future, and the decades ahead. Many people celebrate their good fortune when they receive sudden wealth and live in the moment, only to wonder years later where that moment went. In the immediate future, an infusion of wealth may give you some tax dilemmas; it may also require you to reconsider existing beneficiary designations on IRAs, retirement plans, and investment accounts and insurance policies. A will, a trust, or an existing estate plan may need revisiting. Resist the temptation to try and grow the newly acquired wealth quickly through aggressive investing. Now, how about the next few years? Think about what financial independence (or greater financial freedom) means to you. How do you want to spend your time? Should you continue in your present career? Should you stick with your business, or sell or transfer ownership? What kinds of near-term possibilities could this open for you? What are the concrete financial steps that could help you defer or reduce taxes in the next few years? How can risk be sensibly managed as some or all the assets are invested? Looking further ahead, tax efficiency can potentially make an enormous difference for that lump sum. You may end up with considerably more money (or considerably less) decades from now due to asset location and other tax factors. Think about doing nothing for a while. Nothing financially momentous, that is. There’s nothing wrong with that. Sudden, impulsive moves with sudden wealth can backfire. Welcome the positive financial changes, but don’t change yourself. Remaining true to your morals, ethics, and beliefs will help you stay grounded. Turning to professionals who know how to capably guide that wealth is just as vital. • Trace Dennis may be reached at 972-429-0603 or tracedennis@jaldennis.com.


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